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Old 05-02-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
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When we bought our house in August of 2013, there was a want to be deck in the back yard that was not very well built that had to go. My wife wanted a pergola so I started researching them to figure out what would work best. It took me about a month to build with all the rain we were getting, but I finally finished my part this week. I will let the pictures tell the story of what I have so far. My concrete guy will be out in the next two weeks weather permitting to pouring my slab. The slab will be 20' X 26'. If you have any questions please let me know. I hope you enjoy what I have so far. It was not easy hanging 2x12x20 by your self! It was all built out of western red cedar.















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Old 05-02-2015, 11:12 PM   #2
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Looks great!!!!!!
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:20 PM   #3
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Real nice job, looks great!

I do have one question though, and the answer may just simply be, personal preference. I've never understood pergolas. I'd think if someone was going to spend the time and money to put up such a nice feature, why you wouldn't just put a completely covered roof on it so you can enjoy even when it's raining, and help protect outdoor furniture? I know with a full covered roof, it wouldn't be a "pergola", but I'm just curious if there is any other reason why one would build one, other than just personal preference.

I'm not putting pergolas down, I think they're nice, and you did a fine job.
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:13 AM   #4
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Wife been watching HGTV?!

Very nice job on it by the way!
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:21 AM   #5
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Real nice job, looks great!

I do have one question though, and the answer may just simply be, personal preference. I've never understood pergolas. I'd think if someone was going to spend the time and money to put up such a nice feature, why you wouldn't just put a completely covered roof on it so you can enjoy even when it's raining, and help protect outdoor furniture? I know with a full covered roof, it wouldn't be a "pergola", but I'm just curious if there is any other reason why one would build one, other than just personal preference.

I'm not putting pergolas down, I think they're nice, and you did a fine job.
Nice build! BtechD - the house I bought had one and I put that corregated plastic sheeting on top of mine to keep the water out... It isn't watertight but is dry for the most part. I then put in a high pressure misting system around the perimeter of it and it stays a few degrees cooler "inside" it. Outdoor kitchen to be built under it this summer...
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:44 AM   #6
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Nice build! BtechD - the house I bought had one and I put that corregated plastic sheeting on top of mine to keep the water out... It isn't watertight but is dry for the most part. I then put in a high pressure misting system around the perimeter of it and it stays a few degrees cooler "inside" it. Outdoor kitchen to be built under it this summer...

Ah, that would be a nice touch!
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:27 AM   #7
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Real nice job, looks great!

I do have one question though, and the answer may just simply be, personal preference. I've never understood pergolas. I'd think if someone was going to spend the time and money to put up such a nice feature, why you wouldn't just put a completely covered roof on it so you can enjoy even when it's raining, and help protect outdoor furniture? I know with a full covered roof, it wouldn't be a "pergola", but I'm just curious if there is any other reason why one would build one, other than just personal preference.

I'm not putting pergolas down, I think they're nice, and you did a fine job.
My wife has been yelling for one for a few years now and I keep resisting getting it done for this very reason. If I'm going to spend the time and money to build it, it dang well WILL be covered. Like you said, OP did a fantastic job.

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Nice build! BtechD - the house I bought had one and I put that corregated plastic sheeting on top of mine to keep the water out... It isn't watertight but is dry for the most part. I then put in a high pressure misting system around the perimeter of it and it stays a few degrees cooler "inside" it. Outdoor kitchen to be built under it this summer...
This is about the only way I would do it. Gotta have some type of cover over it.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:49 AM   #8
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Personally I love pergola's and think you did an awesome job on this one. I like the partial sun it allows. I love the look of vegetation growing on them too! You have a covered porch which is more than enough space for raining days.

Great job!
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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I like them and so does the wife. It looks good.

Im like the others though, would rather have it fully covered.
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:09 PM   #10
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BtechD, you did too well. Wife looking over my shoulder as I sit here on my butt and now asking when I am going to start "hers".
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:15 PM   #11
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Great job!!
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:22 PM   #12
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well done!
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Old 05-03-2015, 02:41 PM   #13
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Very nice.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:01 PM   #14
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Great job... Im hoping to follow suit soon.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:32 PM   #15
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My wife is wanting me to build one about that size. I would like to know how much you have invested in materials if you don't mind sharing.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:32 PM   #16
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Looks great by the way!
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:02 PM   #17
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My wife is wanting me to build one about that size. I would like to know how much you have invested in materials if you don't mind sharing.
I bought all my cedar and stain from Satterwhite in Longview and my all thread that I used for bolts from Fastenal. I have 3 grand in it so far. I called around to get quotes to have someone build it and the lowest was 8000.

Thank you all for the nice comments. We wanted a place that offers partial sun since we have a huge two car carport that can be used when raining. Once the concrete is poured we are going to get a fire pit that we can sit around in the fall during the cooler evenings which would be hard to do if it had a roof.
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:41 AM   #18
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Looks and sounds like it's gonna be a great spot to hang out
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:33 AM   #19
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Old 12-25-2015, 01:34 PM   #20
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I bought all my cedar and stain from Satterwhite in Longview and my all thread that I used for bolts from Fastenal. I have 3 grand in it so far. I called around to get quotes to have someone build it and the lowest was 8000.

Thank you all for the nice comments. We wanted a place that offers partial sun since we have a huge two car carport that can be used when raining. Once the concrete is poured we are going to get a fire pit that we can sit around in the fall during the cooler evenings which would be hard to do if it had a roof.
Do you have any more pictures since the concrete is done? Im building one as we speak.
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:24 PM   #21
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Looks great....I actually envy the size of your back yard and those trees. Very nice!
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:34 PM   #22
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Nice work! Love that cedar
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:44 PM   #23
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:47 PM   #24
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The finished product! We really enjoy it and plan on upgrading our outdoor furniture this spring.
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:53 PM   #25
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Awesome! That BBP cover looks like junk though
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:19 PM   #26
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Beautiful
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:36 PM   #27
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Very nice
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:32 AM   #28
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Very nice!
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:38 PM   #29
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:18 PM   #30
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:33 PM   #31
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It looks awesome. But all that really matters in the end is go noles! >>>------>
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