My pergola plans were formulated on MS Publisher and grew into a fantastic roofed house-attached pergola that is now a well used living area for the family. A wooden pergola is the easiest for the DIY handy-person as all materials are easy to find and buy, and all tasks are fairly low in complexity. Here below is the plan of my pergola, built to hold up a full colorbond roof setup.
Material list for my Wooden Pergola Kit
There are alternatives to CCA treatment such as LOSP or Liquid Organic Solvent Preservative which you may prefer to use. Otherwise as long as you keep the posts on stirrups, keep folliage away from the footings, cover roof corners with flashing and barges, and seal and paint thoroughly, you really don't need to use treated wood.
Part of my planning was also how to set up a paved area beneath it and how the water drainage would be organised.
I used a semi raised paved surface as the pergola went over a sloping surface and used treated sleepers as supporting surrounds.
I installed storm drains (right)
around the sleepers to guide the water to the lower part of my yard.
Now go to Part I of my How to Build a Pergola series.
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