Pergola Plans: Plan It Right from the Beginning

You’ve landed in the right place if you’re looking for pergola plans. This brief article will guide you towards a few different sources for you to find some great ideas for your new patio or garden space. While not, admittedly, an exhaustive list of options, the links and suggestions included here WILL save you time and energy.  You may even get some pergola ideas or patio ideas that you had not considered by reading further or exploring our site.

Since you’re looking for plans, you may or may not have your pergola designs figured out. You can also browse the pergola pictures with descriptions that we’ve written about.  If you want to know how to build a pergola, investing in one of these books will give you a good head start. Take it from someone who went to ‘wing it as you go’ route, it isn’t the wisest choice. You’ll spend countless hours re-drawing your plans, re-configuring your layout and all the rest, because you forgot about some issue in your backyard or decided to add some other element later.

Before you go through all of that headache, plan your design thoroughly, get your materials list and layout your space prior to pouring the footers, cutting the wood and installing your patio pavers or what ever else you’ll be using for your patio floor.  The fact is, you may decide on a completely different design than what you first had in mind.  While not free pergola plans, these downloadable options may be just what you’re looking for.

Add elegance to your outdoor living with this airy pavilion. Easily sized to fit any space, this versatile pergola will enhance your deck, patio, or yard. The one shown here occupies a 111×148″ “footprint,” but you’ll learn how to increase or decrease its dimensions as needed.

About WOOD Magazine downloadable plans

  • For error-free construction, each downloadable plan includes a bill of materials, a cutting diagram, a detailed supplies listing, and, when necessary, a mail-order buying guide for hard-to-find hardware.
  • For a clear idea of how our projects go together, each downloadable plan includes an exploded-view drawing with helpful details. All drawings are done professionally by the WOOD Magazine staff of woodworkers and illustrators.
  • Large color photos and step-by-step instructions show exactly how we built the project in the WOOD magazine shop. We build each project ourselves to work out any bugs before you ever get the plan.
  • Detail drawings and step-by-step illustrations provide necessary dimensions and machining processes you’ll need to make the building process as straightforward as possible.

Note: This is a downloadable woodworking plan. All other materials must be purchased separately.

Wood is the most common choice of materials to build with.  Red cedar and redwood are the most common woods among them.  But, you may find that an alternative material will suit your needs.  This could include an Alumawood brand material – a vinyl style.

Pergola kits may be another option; they take the planning, measuring, cutting and assembling aspects to a different level.  With a kit, you’ll get all of the necessary parts (in most cases) included in your package.  With a little skill (and help from some friends who you can repay with cold beverages and grilled foods), you’ll have your new covered patio space erected in no time.

One of the great joys of building patio covers like the pergola is that it is a simple project that will give you a return on your investment for many years into the future.  There are some maintenance issues to be mindful of, but this is common with any decking designs or outdoor patio or garden structures constructed of wood.

If you’ve got the room, we’ve got the plans. This beautiful arbor stands 91″ tall and 144″ from end to end. It works great for hanging an arbor or swing. Slatted ends work great for climbing plants and sturdy top cross members can be used for hanging potted plants as well. Swing sold separately.

About WOOD Magazine downloadable plans

  • For error-free construction, each downloadable plan includes a bill of materials, a cutting diagram, a detailed supplies listing, and, when necessary, a mail-order buying guide for hard-to-find hardware.
  • For a clear idea of how our projects go together, each downloadable plan includes an exploded-view drawing with helpful details. All drawings are done professionally by the WOOD Magazine staff of woodworkers and illustrators.
  • Large color photos and step-by-step instructions show exactly how we built the project in the WOOD magazine shop. We build each project ourselves to work out any bugs before you ever get the plan.
  • Detail drawings and step-by-step illustrations provide necessary dimensions and machining processes you’ll need to make the building process as straightforward as possible.

Note: This is a downloadable woodworking plan. All other materials must be purchased separately.

 

Detailed, illustrated plans for building a variety of stylesMore than 50 garden structures included, with construction drawings and lists of materials 

Expert construction advice-how to use tools, prepare sites, buy lumber, and apply outdoor finishes

Selection tips for plants compatible with the structures featured

If you’d rather save yourself the time of planning and designing your own pergola and contact a company that sells these types of kits that are simply to assemble, made from high quality products and offers ‘green’ harvested wood choices, consider Average Joe’s Pergola Depot.  You can read about them yourself there.  Best of luck with your pergola plans!





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