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After years of wanting one, I have finally gotten motivated enough to build a pergola over my existing patio. I picked up the materials yesterday and plan to start tomorrow. If all goes well and it doesn't rain, I should be under cover by Wednesday / Thursday. The patio is only 12' x 17', so it shouldn't take long.
Im using standard treated lumber and plan to stain it after it weathers for a couple of months. I'm going with 6x6 posts and 2x8 framing. I'm going to install some transparent corrugated roof panels on top to give me a dry place to egg while still maintaining the open look and feel of a pergola.
Here is a shot of my patio as it lies today. Progress pics to come shortly!
Eastern North Carolina
L & MM BGE/Blackstone 36" Griddle/Pit Barrel Cooker/Lang 60 Deluxe/Shirley Fab 50" Patio/Gator Pits Party Gator/Stump's Classic/Weber 22" OTG