Before and After Pergola


I have always wanted a pergola. Now I have one. I am happy.
Pergoal Before & After

Of course, nothing is easy on this home-front. Due to the height of the deck, the fact that we were trying to save money by adding on to an existing deck and the location of the roof/gutter line, our pergola had to be modified.  Instead of stacking the cross beams on top of each other, an illusion was created by constructing a grid.  Lots of measuring, lots of cutting. No, we did not do this ourselves.
Our marriage is not that strong.

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1. First a header was installed, drilled to the brick and a support column was added to the front corner

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2. Then the main cross beams were added

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3. Here it gets tricky. The main cross beams intersect the column and the illusion is created

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4. After the main beams are put in place, each cross-section is measured & cut

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5. Almost complete

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6. Here you can see how the support column was bolted to the existing deck

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7. Then we had the pergola painted to match the trim and the deck floor stained. Again, we paid someone to do the work. There was no way in hell I was going to paint all this.

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8. I planted these vines Hyacinth Bean Vine  to climb the pergola


~XOXO~

13 comments:

Scientific Housewife said...

Looks amazing! I want a pergola in my backyard so bad!

Shari said...

oh wow. You are gonna love you back yard even more!!

Do you want some sunflower seeds from Indiana to plant also? I have been sending them all over the country side... :)

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

I love it! We have a pergola over our deck and I have been wanting to paint it. I would have to do it myself...ugh. Enjoy your new oasis.

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

I love it! Hubby built ours and it's one of my favorite things here.

elizabeth said...

It's awesome Christy!!
love it!!!
I can totally see myself sitting w/ you out there on a lovely summer evening!!!
I will bring the wine!

Yoga Gal said...

That completely changes the look of your deck! I love it, it is so custom. You have to enter it in the weekly blog parties, girl!

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Blueprint Bliss said...

It looks great! Home projects tend to strain marriages! :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love pergolas--my neighbors built one and I stop to stare at it every time I walk past (they're probably wondering who that weird woman is lingering outside their house...).

Yours looks fab! They did a great job. It really gave your house a "WOW" feature. Smart thinking, having someone else do all that painting, too!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Forgot to mention how much I love the yellow doors in your header. Have you been watching "9 by Design"? They have a country house that is white with yellow shutters and doors. So cheery.

Destination Seaborn said...

Very nice! I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy our pergola!
Miss ya...Lisa

katherinemarie said...

I can just imagine how fantastic and colorful this is going to be with all those flowers. You guys are always doing the most amazing projects. I'm such a dork-- I'd never heard a of pergola before... now you understand the depth of my decorating inabilities!!! Thankgoodness I have your inspiration! :):):)

uglythenpretty.com said...

WOW! I realize this project was earlier this year but It totally transforms the house! I had to post about it. Great job!
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