Pergolas are fantastic to look at, help define outdoor sitting space and can be most effective in tempering the extremes of our diverse and ever changing weather.  Because of their unique curb appeal, pergolas really allow you to personalize your outdoor living space.  Given some basic guidelines, they are relatively easy to build and are highly adaptable to reflect personal preference.


Practical Concepts & Design Considerations

  • A 12’ diameter provides excellent usable space for the average size family
  • Common heights vary between 8’ to 10’.
  • 4×4 posts are suffice to support the structural load, but 6×6 posts are much more aesthetically pleasing
  • Increase or decrease rafter spacing, depending on how much shade you’d like (typical range is 12” to 18” on centre).
  • Doubling up and increasing the interval between rafter sets will increase use in spring and fall.
  • Screening in at least one wall can significantly enhance structural stability, particularly on a free standing pergola.
  • Screening of west wall will significantly reduce wind issues and provide ample shade from late afternoon/evening sun.
  • Add substance and aesthetic to your structure by using full sawn lumber, or even a combination of sawn & planed lumber.

Pre-planned pergola packages are available. Contact us for details.

Construction Tips

  • No need to set the posts in concrete, fine crushed rock does a great job and is easy to work with.
  • If you lay out screen and rafter placements on beam while still on the ground, ladder work is significantly reduced.