Pergola for Our Patio

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 07-01-2016 04:12 PM 1243 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We wanted a little more privacy around the patio in our Brooklyn yard. I thought of covering the entire patio with a structure, but because there are Crepe Myrtle trees adjacent to the patio, that didn’t seem to be the best solution. We also still wanted to continue to use the market umbrella or have the option to have nothing overhead and we also wanted to enjoy viewing the nice Crepe Myrtle next to the patio. A structure would have interfered with the trees growth and viewing. So the solution was to make a narrow pergola that fit between the wrought iron railing and planting bed the borders the patio closest to the house.

The pergola is made of construction grade Douglas Fir and Teak. It’s finished with Thompson’s Australian Timber Oil tinted with Minwax oil stains (mix of Red Mahogany and English Chestnut) with a top coat of oil based Helmsman Spar Urethane that was also tinted with the Minwax mix.

The details of the build can be found in my blog.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#1 posted 07-01-2016 04:21 PM

Very cool.

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#2 posted 07-01-2016 05:00 PM

Really very cool

Really really very cool

Great work Bill now sit back, have an umbrella drink, and relax.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 06:24 PM

Perfect !
Very attractive and beautiful setting .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 07-01-2016 07:44 PM

This is a wonderful project and it really gives the whole garden a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 07-01-2016 08:04 PM

very nice job,and it looks like privacy is an issue.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 07-01-2016 09:15 PM

Bill, it looks like you have your own personal park. Enjoy!

-- Art

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#7 posted 07-02-2016 12:22 AM

That is an outstanding structure. It looks awesome.

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#8 posted 07-02-2016 12:28 AM

That’s a great looking pergola! I like the design of it, and the stain choice. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 07-02-2016 05:34 AM

Beautiful Dude! very oriental

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#10 posted 07-02-2016 01:09 PM

Very sturdy looking. Nice color, and a beautiful spot for summer time.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#11 posted 07-05-2016 05:55 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice complements. Maybe one day I’ll have grapes growing on it. I do have my grandfather’s wine press, so maybe my own label is in the future LOL

Just a few updated photos with the planing complete.

The Crepe Myrtle form a nice canopy and screen on the other side of the patio.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#12 posted 07-28-2016 06:34 PM

Very attractive….......both the pergola and the entire yard.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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