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Build Your Own Timber Framed Garden Pergola

Updated on January 10, 2015

Create your ideal outdoor space with a Dreamy Pergola

So you want to Build your own Pergola See how we easily built our very own Timber Framed Pergola to create a beautiful outdoor space. I wanted a Pergola, you know one of those lovely thick timber cross frames that extends from peoples houses and provides a lovely slightly shaded sitting area, without the direct sunlight. Many I have seen are draped with climbing plants and Flowers, and just look so pretty and such a calm space. But you may be put off or think its too difficult or big a job, way too expensive?

Think Again, we just built our very own pergola. I am so pleased at just how wonderful it turned out. I was very surprised at how easy it really was to make , I wanted to share with you so you can be inspired into adding some outside living space to your house too.

I also am growing plants to climb around the pergola, and give even more shade. These pergolas are an awesome addition to any house, and very easy to make. OK we made our own, my hubby has a bit of DIY knowledge but hey you can even buy Pregola Kits All Ready made.

Or you can read on and find out how we transformed the boring dead space at the side of our house, which was exposed and not a very private space into a fabulous outdoor area.

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Our Finished Pergola - Even The Dog Loves It

Build You own Timber Framed Pergola
Build You own Timber Framed Pergola

Now all we need is some good Scottish Sun

Timber Pergola Kits and Ideas - ....taking the hard work out of your DIY

When I was looking for ideas for what kind of pergola I wanted I was really nicely surprised by the amount of pre made, ready to put up kits there were.

I knew I wanted something that would provide shade and where we could sit out and dine al fresco.

I am an avid clematis fan, so I wanted trellis added so I could grow climbing plants up and over it.

We were really surprised by the ideas we could get online and many of the different styles of pergolas you could have.

You need to decide is it freestanding, is it adjoining onto your side of the building. Once you have made these decisions then really the making of it was not that difficult at all. Once we had our plans.

So make sure you draw out exactly what you want.

Build your Own Pergola See how We did it

What you need

My Back door needed something just to pizazz it, the pathway to the front of the house cuts right through this bit, and I felt it was a prefect project for the side of the house where really we could turn this wasted piece of ground, into a gorgeous sitting and eating area perfect for those hot lazy summer days or somewhere nice to relax on warm nights.

our neighbours Garage wall is right on our boundary so we wanted to add some privacy to this area, but did not want to go through the hassel of an extension or more structural change.

SO we chose a Pergola with trellis. Which I know by the time it is decorated, and the climbing plants take a hold it will provide that little bit of privacy yet, not fell enclosed in.

Top Tip : Paint your Wood before you do anything this save so much time later on.

You will need some basic woodworking skills for this project.

We Used:

Timber Requirements

4 by 4inch posts 10ft tall

8 lengths of 6 by 2 timber

28 lengths of 2 by 1inch timber (this is for the trellis part)

We Dug 3 x holes 2 feet deep at 1.8meters (centered). (Positioned In a triangle as we were attaching to the roof frame.) These were cemented into the ground for extra strength.

Bolt the 6 by 2 timer to wall or roof line whatever you are attaching it to.

Mark your top level at 6 foot from your 3 posts. Then screw 1 length 6 by 2 timber at 6 foot mark along the 3 posts.

Using Angle finder and mark the other 6 by 2 timbers for running the 6 by 2s from roofline to posts.

Then cut all 6 by 2 timbers for running over top from roof line

Screw on 6 by 2 timbers (roofline to posts)

You will have left over timbers on your 6 by 2s.

Use these as your dwangs and centres of the top roof of the pergola.

Trim all overhangs from the 6 by 2s .

Then if you wish like us we hand built our own trellis.

Many pergolas don't have trellis I just felt since our neighbour's driveway was so close to our pergola this would give extra privacy.

SEE the photos below.

Building Our Pregola in Pictures - More Pictures will be added throughout the season to see how the flowers grow too

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Paint wood before assembling and building startsCement the posts into the groundAttach frame to roof line. And take angles from this pointWe took a Slanting line from roof lineOur Finished Pergola
Paint wood before assembling and building starts
Paint wood before assembling and building starts
Cement the posts into the ground
Cement the posts into the ground
Attach frame to roof line. And take angles from this point
Attach frame to roof line. And take angles from this point
We took a Slanting line from roof line
We took a Slanting line from roof line
Our Finished Pergola
Our Finished Pergola

Decorate your area with Beautiful Metal Patio Furniture - Garden Furniture for your Pergola

I have metal furniture outside just now, but I really really want this beautiful metal Bistro furniture set. It is so vintage yet very classy. And perfect for sipping cappuccino in the summer shade.

Best Selling Nassau Cast Aluminum Outdoor Bistro Furniture Set, Brown
Best Selling Nassau Cast Aluminum Outdoor Bistro Furniture Set, Brown

Beautiful cast Aluminium Bistro set, perfect for that outdoors space.


Growing climbing Flowers for your Pergola - This is the First Summer, and the plants are still very young

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ClematisWild Sweat Peas, SunflowersYear 2 clematis. Just overnight the flowers burst open, Last year I only had 2 flowers :)
Wild Sweat Peas, Sunflowers
Wild Sweat Peas, Sunflowers
Year 2 clematis. Just overnight the flowers burst open, Last year I only had 2 flowers :)
Year 2 clematis. Just overnight the flowers burst open, Last year I only had 2 flowers :)

Pre made kits or Do It Yourself? - What do you prefer

Would you make your own pergola or would you buy the ready made?

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Pergola Ideas and Designs for Building your own, - This book makes light work of building your own pergola

Lots of ideas, with clear instructions and pictures

how to build your own pergola cheap
how to build your own pergola cheap

How to Build Your Own Pergola for less than $20

Step by Step

This shows you exactly how to make your own pergola for less than $20

See how to over @

Hometalk - C Renee Fuller

I am very proud of my husband so please tell him how wonderful and clever he was making me my Pretty Pergola. I will also post pictures as the plants start to climb around it

© 2013 Lisa Auch

My Husband has made a great job building My New Pergola - What do you think pre-made kit or give it a bash?

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    • katiecolette profile image


      5 years ago

      What a great makeover for an outdoor space. I noticed the fire pit in your photos - we have the same one. Let me guess, you got it on Amazon?

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      5 years ago from UK

      The pergola is just lovely:) Your hubby did a great job ! It will look great with climbing plants over it too.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @badmsm: Oh thanks for the help :)

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      5 years ago

      Nice job! I am after the very same type of pergola myself. Enjoy! :D

      PS, I noticed a typo in your first paragraph of your intro: you wrote 'outwith' instead of 'without'. Just FYI... :)

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @ToolHire LM: Now thats a complioment kind Sir!

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      ToolHire LM 

      5 years ago

      Pros couldn't have done it better! Well done!

    • MasterbuildRoof profile image


      5 years ago

      Really nice

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      5 years ago

      You guys did a nice job.

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      5 years ago

      Looks like a great job! Will enjoy seeing your plants/flowers climbing over it tool.

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      5 years ago

      I love it! I love how your dog poses so nicely by the door:-) Your husband was so nice to create that for you. What a sweetheart!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Your husband loves you, it is really beautiful.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Pergolas add so much to an outdoor space. Enjoyed seeing your newly enhanced patio. I built a pergola a while back and have loved every minute spent in my own personal oasis. Enjoy!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great job - both your husband in making it and you in writing about your new pergola! Looks lovely, and I'm sure the clematis will make it even better.

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      hildiid lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It's beautiful! Your husband did a wonderful job. Great pictures - can't wait to watch the plants grow!

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      My husband loves do-it-yourself projects. I'd better not let him see this, as we already have more garden projects planned than we have time for this summer.

    • kislanyk profile image


      5 years ago from Cyprus

      Oh I love pergolas, and this is beautiful!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Very nice! I love pergolas, especially when covered in climbing rose bushes and wisteria.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      It's beautiful Lisa. Hubby did a great job.

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      5 years ago from British Columbia

      Very nice! I'd love to see it once your plants are up, too.

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      5 years ago

      PS - please tell your husband how wonderful and clever he was making you your Pretty Pergola

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      5 years ago

      Lovely, Lisa. And of course you can update this page as the plants grow :)

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      Peter Badham 

      5 years ago from England

      That will be even nicer when the plants have grown, I love them :)

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      5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I'm so jealous Lisa - I want one! Your hubby is awesome!!! I'd love to sit under a pergola with a glass of wine on a warm summers evening :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we actually get a summer here in the UK this year, so you can make full use of it :D

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      nightbear lm 

      5 years ago

      Ohhhhhh, it is so beautiful. I would love this. Sort of romantic too. I can see an evening at dusk in my pergola.


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