Sunday, December 8, 2013

How To Build A Pergola

Do you want to save 40%, 50%, or 70% over hiring a contractor?

Does it frustrate you when you look at the high cost of pergola kits that are being sold today? I’m sure you know it doesn’t really cost $2,500-$5,000 to build a simple garden pergola. What makes me really mad about this is the fact that most of the time the pergola kit builder or contractor just calls up Home Depot or Lowe’s, and they deliver the same materials you could have ordered yourself.

The difference is they just charged you an extra $1000 or more to make the phone call.

I guess a $1,000 profit is not bad money for a simple 5-minute phone call

Contractors are making so much money from pergolas, they really have no incentive to cut prices or give the average hard-working person a break. Contractors and kit builders have been living high on the hog from building simple pergolas.

Now you can simply build it yourself over the weekend and start enjoying your yard again. Or you can hire a local handyman to follow the simple step-by-step plans and instructions. Either way, you are sure to save a ton of money.

rgola for my back yard. Since I’m a nationally syndicated home designer with plans featured in books, magazines, and newspapers all across the country, I knew what a good quality pergola should really cost.

I had sticker-shock after checking out what these pergola kits were selling for online. And most of them didn’t really include everything that I need to build it.

Then I called a local contractor to see what it would cost me. After our meeting he told me it would be about four weeks before he could get started. Plus it would cost me about $4,500 to build it.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pergola Designs - Opting For Readymade Kits for Installation

The climate has started turning warmer, as the summer has already set in this year. One of the best ways to beat the heat this summer is by installing outdoor pergolas in your gardens. They are basically the roofed structures supported by strong beams. The primary objective of pergolas is to create shaded areas in gardens or terraces. They are also used in patios to make the entrance of your homes look more attractive. When you get one for your house, make sure that the pergola design which you choose goes well with the design of your building.

Different types of pergola designs:

There are readily available in several designs and sizes. You could also check for some excellent pergola design ideas over the internet. Many vendors sell them from their websites. Some of them even offer customized designs according to the specifications provided by you. Alternatively, you could also design your own pergola by taking help from professionals who specialize in garden landscaping. This is nice idea, as you can give it your personal touch, but you will need to spend time and efforts. If you don't have the time, you could always go for the ready kits that are available on various websites. The posts used for erecting the pergolas can be made from various materials like concrete, stone, metal or wood. You could also go for the posts that are made from aluminum as a cheaper alternative. They are available in different shapes, but the rectangular shaped ones are usually preferred by many, as they are quite inexpensive. There are curved pergola designs available as well, but they are slightly more expensive, because they require more beams and roofing materials. You could also go for the path pergola for connecting different parts of the gardens with a path for walking in between. Whichever pergola design you choose, you will need to think creatively while installing them. Planning it well is important, because it should not be too big or too small. The end-result should be beautiful enough to make you want to spend more time in your gardens. Wooden framework will give them a unique rustic look. You can also decorate their beams by painting them in different colors. It will add to their attractiveness. Some people even like to have the entire thing with the tiles painted green. Flowers and plants will add beauty to your pergola, and you could even have the creeper plants climb up the beams. There are several types of readymade pergola kits being sold online. They come with proper installation instructions, and you can choose them according to your design preferences and budgets. The process of installation is quite simple, and you could easily get it done on your weekends. You could also hire a local help to assist you with the job. A professionally designed pergola will be a very good addition to your gardens. You could always check the vendor websites for some innovative pergola design ideas.

By: Mohammed Abdul Nadeem