|Project by DannyBoy||posted 05-12-2008 09:32 PM||6527 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
I’m still in process of designing this one. My wife and I are dividing up the back yard between a garden for her and a habitat place for the dog. We already have up some fencing which may or may not be temporary. The main gate between the two yards is something that we wanted to be relatively easy to pass through but also a focal point for the middle of the yard that can stay (and look like it belongs) even if the rest of the fence is taken down (which is likely when we sell the house).
The basic requirements: 1) 4ft wide gate for passage of yard equipment (no current equipment over 30”) 2) Be weather resistant (no PT lumber allowed) 3) Have an arbor or pergola style top 4) Trellis on each side 5) Room on beams for hanging plants 6) Gate must be at least 5’ tall to keep dog in
So far I am still planning using a trusty note book and Google Sketchup. The images I have so far are the arbor with trellis without the gate installed. I’m working on the gate design now and will add it later. I’m hoping for all lumber to be cedar and to avoid using PT for environmental and safety reasons.
I do have a couple of questions for some you more experienced builders out their. The plan reflects using four 4×4x8’ cedar posts for the main supports. Those will be sunk 1’ into the ground with cement footers. The top is all 2×6 cedar. So here are my questions: 1) Will the 4×4 posts be strong enough to support the arbor/pergola top and withstand most winds (properly bolted of course)? 2) Should I bury a spacer between the posts on all sides about 6” down? (I read this helps with stability but I’m not convinced it is necessary.) 3) Is 1ft deep cement footers deep enough or do I need to adjust my plan?
Thanks for any feedback, guys!
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