|Project by Shay||posted 08-29-2008 08:39 PM||3350 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
I needed some shade on the back deck, got to be unbearably hot back there in the afternoon, so I decided to add a Pergola. Well, that soon snowballed into a complete refacing of the deck. The results actually turned out pretty good though so I thought I’d share. I ordered all of the Cedar for the Pergola from a local mill and they were the best looking Cedar boards I have ever seen and will for sure use them again for future outdoor projects. I went with Sikken Natural Oak stain to protect and tint the wood. I replaced all the Cedar spindles with black aluminum spindles which contrast nicely with the stain. I also added a SunSetter rolldown shade on 1 side to help block a bit more sun that peaks in under the Pergola. Lastly I put LED rope lights in between the beams, along the outside joist and under the bottom section of the rails. The LED’s glow really nicely up into the joists adding a glowing effect and I put holes in key locations to hide direct visibility of the rope light as much as possible. There’s a hot tub in the back section and sitting in there you get a really nice view of the glow, and after all the LED’s were up and turned on we realized they provided just enough light to not need any other external lights.
-- Centerville, MN - Hobbyist and DIYer