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DIY 16×20 Pergola 

by Ovidiu


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DIY 16×20 Pergola




From John, 

The plans worked great, the dimensions between the posts were perfect for the way my existing patio was set up. I anchored 3 posts 42-inches in the ground, and the fourth had to be anchored to the patio slab – I used a Simpson strong-tie post base and a 5/8 threaded rod with epoxy. I haven’t added the corner bracing yet and will wait a few weeks to seal the wood. I did not add the 2×2 top slats as I think it looks good without them. I may add them later if we need more shade.

I cut the beams at a 45 degree angle to give a simpler look than the plans showed. Total cost was around $1,500 including all lumber, hardware, concrete, and stain. Took me a few days to build, and I was able to do all of the work myself with the exception of setting the posts and hanging the 2x12x20 beams. Overall it was a great project, thank you for posting the plans.



From Plans: https://myoutdoorplans.com/pergola/16×20-pergola-plans/

Difficulty Level: easy

Time Required: a few days

Total Cost: $1,500





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