You may be considering a pergola as a beautiful addition to your garden or backyard. Pergola designs can vary greatly, from simple post and beam space frames to the very complex, octagonal gazebo.
Pergolas may be incorporated into a deck design as shading or used as shading for walkways and patios, and often have vines trained on them.
Some pergola designs incorporate elaborate and interesting shapes that challenge one’s woodworking skills. Basic, free-standing pergola designs are the easiest for beginning pergola builders. Consider going green utilizing a neighboring demolition project, or constructing using composite projects.
Keep in mind that most communities require a building permit for structures exceeding 120 square feet in roof size. Also, be sure to check your property line setback requirements and pergola height limitations for your neighborhood.