10x40 pergola?

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Forum topic by wsc posted 04-10-2018 11:37 AM 551 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2018 11:37 AM

I’m wanting to build a pergola across the entire back side of my house. This picture is old, and there’s now a slab running across the entire back side of the house. Is it possible to do a wall-leaning pergola all the way across the back or would it have to be free-standing?

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 11:48 AM

By wall leaning….do you mean attached to dwelling ?

That may not be allowable in your venue

However,,,,,its doable either way

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 11:54 AM

Only way that looks doable if you want any height out of it is if the pergola is attached to the house at the roof and you don’t want to do that. I’d go free standing. And consider how much light the pergola will prevent from getting into the picture window – I might go just where the brick area is.

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 12:17 PM

Given your low roof line and all of the windows, I would recommend a free standing one. I have built a couple of them, they are not hard, especially if you already have a slab in place.

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 12:26 PM

sure it’s possible ~ but, first, you must consult with your local building codes dept.
if you are going to attach anything directly to your house or even near it may not be allowed.
then – consult with a building contractor to see what will be entailed in the project.
in some parts of Florida, the building codes are so strict, you need to present engineered drawings
from a certified builder to get a permit for anything within 25 feet of your house.
your property tax and homeowners insurance may also take a hit.
do you have a HOA that may need to be consulted?
lots of things to investigate prior to putting a lot of money into it.

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#5 posted 04-10-2018 01:22 PM

John is right. The days when you used to be able to build anything you wanted in your own backyard are just about gone. :(
Our HOA limits the size of shed you can build ( and it has to match the house including a shingle roof) and your little boy can’t build a tree house either.

I do appreciate the fact that our property values are high and have increased a lot since I move in

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