How to Build a Wood Pergola
Pockets Full of Plant Life
Vertical walls of plants provide the privacy screening for this outdoor dining room. The decorative light fixture adds a delicate design element that pulls the space together.
Designed by Jamie Durie, this beautiful stepped display for bonsai trees is part of a contemporary Japanese-style pavilion that also houses a suspended daybed.
All in One
Designer Jamie Durie redefined this outdoor space with a pergola-and-bench design that's near the outdoor dining area (next slide). The horizontal beams along the top do double duty as planters.
Dining in Style
This beautiful dining room, on a raised deck, is an extension of the home's kitchen and features an elevated fireplace. The white trim, distressed finish, shingles and picket-fence-like "walls" complement the home's New-England design style.
In his own backyard, designer Jamie Durie used the roof of a poolside dining pergola as the foundation for a second-story deck.
Not an Everyday Pergola
Add flavor to your garden, and make it your own. This outdoor chandelier of candles and hanging plants sets a playful mood and brings the space to life. Mix and match a worn wooden table with some antique metal chairs, or march a row of potted plants down a ledge. Most importantly, have fun. Design by Sandy Koepke
Photography by Jennifer Cheung
Materials and Tools:
4" x 4" pressure-treated posts
2" x 4" pressure-treated boards
2" x 6" pressure-treated boards
2" x 10" pressure-treated boards
galvanized deck screws
post hole digger
1. Select the site for the pergola and mark the placement of the four posts. Use a post-hole digger or two-person auger to dig holes to a depth of 24" and width of 9". Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage. Insert 4" x 4" posts in holes. Ensure the posts are level and plumb. Attach temporary 2" x 4" bracing to hold in place. Mix fast-drying cement according to the manufacturer's directions and pour into holes. Let cure for 24 hours.
2. Cut joist beams from 2" x 10" boards to span the pergola posts. To create a decorative look on the end of the joist beams, draw a straight or curved design on the wood and cut along the line with a jigsaw. Temporarily clamp in place while holes are drilled through the beams and posts. Attach the beams to the posts using 3" lag bolts.
3. Cut the stringers from 2" x 6" boards to span and overhang the joist beams. To create a decorative look on the end of the stringers, draw a straight or curved design on the wood and cut along the line with a jigsaw. Evenly space the stringers perpendicular to the beams and toenail in place using 3" galvanized deck screws.