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Project by Shay posted 08-29-2008 08:39 PM 5010 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 08-29-2008 11:09 PM

Nice work! I like the end detail on all the joists and beams.


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#2 posted 08-29-2008 11:35 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 08-30-2008 04:54 AM


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#4 posted 08-30-2008 01:58 PM

take a pic at night so we can see the glow.

I like the rail, black aluminum spindles .. nice. Where did you get them from? I was thinking abotu replacing my rails with something more see through maybe the glass panels I have seen in the past. We still have not decided.

Great job. There is nothing like a deck and hot tub to make the days troubles melt away

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 02:37 PM

Great looking deck and pergola. Amazing how those projects can snowball.

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#6 posted 08-31-2008 02:58 AM

The spindles were found at Lowes. I picked theirs because they had connectors for the stairs. If you don’t have stairs they sell them at both Home Depot and Menards but some locations don’t actually keep them in stock.

I have had multiple requests for night shots.. I’ll have to work on that one.

-- Centerville, MN - Hobbyist and DIYer

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#7 posted 09-01-2008 07:43 PM

Looks great – and gives me ideas for my future father-in-law’s back yard.

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#8 posted 09-06-2008 12:42 AM

Great job. I’m planning to make one of these next summer. A new favorite!

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#9 posted 09-07-2008 06:40 PM

Excellent addition.

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