By Meghan Banke, WIR Contributor
When I think of my ideal outdoor living space, it most definitely includes a pergola. Before I start sharing my favorite pergola-inspired ideas, I should probably tell you what a pergola is. Nearly every time I use this word “pergola” when sharing my dream of having a gorgeous wooden (Southern Yellow Pine, of course) ivy-covered pergola with fairy lights in my backyard, I get that look. One that is begging for a definition to follow.
So, here’s the exact definition (according to Google): per -go -la : an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants.
Forget the park, we’re doing this right in your backyard. A pergola can be a wonderful way to organize your hanging plants or allow plants to grow upward onto it, provide shelter from rain and sun, all while giving your backyard space a stylish twist. It’s an investment piece and a perfect do-it-yourself project that will provide you with a multifunctional arrangement as well as being really, really pretty.
Now, I do plan to show some photos of perfectly designed and decorated pergolas, but first I want to give you a brief overview on how to build your own. It will not only be more cost effective but also not as difficult as you may believe. According to my research, it’s fairly simple. As large and in-charge as pergolas appear to be, all it takes is a few tools and some wood.
What You Need:
It really is just some planning, sawing, and then drilling. As long as you have some help and a good hardware store nearby, it’s totally doable. The best part comes now, which is decorating it.
Here are my top choices for making your pergola pretty:
Well there you have it. My steps and tips that are hopefully inspiring you to build your own pergola. So go on out and get your Southern Yellow Pine and your tools–and get started. But before you do, check out the images to draw some visual inspiration.