Attached Pergola

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Project by Joel89 posted 06-17-2020 08:41 PM 986 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I added this pergola onto our back patio for some much needed shade next to the pool. It is HUGE, spanning 36’ x 10’. I attached it to the roof with custom made brackets from a metal shop made from 1/4’ stainless steel and angled to match the pitch of the room. I mounted 10 of the brackets onto the trusses using special screws designed for solar panel install but worked great for what I needed ( They ensure a waterproof seal which was my main concern. All of the wood is pressure treated pine. The posts are 6×6 and are notched at the top for extra support for the beams. The beams are 2×12s and the trusses are 2×10s. I layed 1×4s on the very top, and I didn’t include a pic, but I also put shade cloth over the top. All of the hardware is Simpson Strong Tie ornamental hardware. I even went through the permitting process in my county and it passes the final inspection with no issues. All in all, very pleased as we head into the blazing hot summer here in Florida!

-- Joel

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#1 posted 06-17-2020 09:09 PM

Very nice, looks terrific!

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#2 posted 06-18-2020 01:20 AM

looks good.

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#3 posted 06-18-2020 02:26 PM

Very nice build.
Well done.

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#4 posted 06-18-2020 03:34 PM

Excellent work. What a cool area to chill out and relax.

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#5 posted 06-18-2020 06:56 PM

If it is providing some shade around the pool area, it’s both attractive, and functional. Nice job.

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#6 posted 06-19-2020 12:24 AM

Wow, great build! How long did this take to plan and build?

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#7 posted 06-19-2020 01:24 AM

Tremendous job! My son is planning to build a pergola. I am sending this to him to see your great ideas.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 06-19-2020 03:37 AM

Thank you all.

Bunnie, it took a long, long time planning it because I couldn’t find a good way to attach the pergola to the house. When I finally settled on the custom made brackets and solar panel screws, the rest went pretty quickly. It took a long weekend to build most of it, then another weekend to run the eletrical (my first time) and put up the fans.

AJ, hope my post helps your son. Happy to answer any other questions if he has any.

-- Joel

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#9 posted 06-19-2020 10:38 AM

It looks huge. Looks great.

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#10 posted 06-19-2020 01:04 PM

Sure wish I had room for something like that.

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#11 posted 06-19-2020 02:49 PM

That is a great addition for around the pool, Nice work on it and those are some nice hefty brackets that won’t rust!

Cheers, Jim

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#12 posted 06-22-2020 03:41 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#13 posted 06-24-2020 11:55 AM

I need one!

Nice job!

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