Building a Pergola and the Tools You’ll Need

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Many home owners currently are wondering what to include in a home improvement project. One design structure which you can use is a pergola to accentuate your home garden. When it comes to home improvement, you won’t want to forget what adding outdoor structures can do for your home and the overall value of your property. It’s always nice to have a pretty place to go enjoy the outdoors, and you’ll increase the value of your home. If you want to have some nice shade and a place to enjoy being outside, one option you may want to consider is building a pergola shade. They are pretty easy to build yourself, but you will need the right power tools to help out. Here is a look at how you can simply build a pergola shade of your own.

First of all, you are going to need to round up the right tools and materials if you are going to build a pergola. There are quite a few things you are going to need. You’ll need a good reciprocating saw, a pry bar, circular saw, and safety glasses as well. A miter saw can be very helpful, and you’ll definitely need to have a good power drill on hand. Tape measures, levels, a socket wrench, lag bolts and washers, a jig saw, ladders and a spade bit will all come in handy as well. As for the materials, you will only need to have some cedar posts that are 12 foot long and 4 inches by 4 inches as well as some nice cedar lumber, 2″x8″, also 12 foot long.

If you are building on a pergola as part of your deck, you’ll simply need to start out with a nice design for the project. Once you come up with the plans you want, then remove some deck panels where you want to replace the posts. Just make sure you don’t cut through all of the panels since they can be reused. Then you need to get rid of any posts that need to be removed as well. Now it’s time for you to cut the posts for replacement, which will end up supporting the roof of the pergola. Make sure that you install the new posts carefully, and ensure that they are well attached to the deck and make sure that the post is plumb as well.

In order to support the roof, you are going to need a good center post. It needs to be flush with the floor joist that is under your deck. This way you will make sure that there is plenty of support for your roof. After you have the basic frame up for the pergola, you will want to frame the roof for the pergola. Cut out the frame, and then you can use louvered panels to go inside of the frame that you make. Make sure that you carefully attach the panels and then you’ll be ready to raise your roof up. This will allow you to have the shade that you want on your deck in the form of a nice pergola. Do you know pergola shades are not only functional but lovely as well?