Creating a DIY living room outdoors or constructing a pergola for your backyard is very fashionable these days and one of the main reasons is because it’s really easy to do so. An outdoor DIY living room with a homemade pergola will allow you to create a great space where you can unwind and spend some good time outdoors. However, there’s one thing to consider and that is that it can be quite expensive to have a pergola built especially for you. The good news is that if you still want to have your DIY living room with a pergola you will be able to do the pergola on your own if you follow some simple steps.
The first thing you need to know is that a pergola will help you put together your DIY living room in the backyard as it’s made with different columns and a roof onto which you can grow different plants. Even when it’s not a very resistant structure against the wind or rain, a pergola is perfect for defining a space. In Italy, during the Renaissance, pergolas were very common and they generally had grapes growing around them.
Nowadays, pergolas are very useful to create a passage or even to create a focal point in the backyard. And if you get the chance to plant some grape vines or wisterias you will have a very special structure combined with nature and colour for your DIY living room outdoors.
At the moment of building your pergola, you will have to see if there are any restrictions and regulations regarding these kinds of structures for your local council. There are areas where you need a permit, in which case you will have to pay some money to get.
You have the chance to make use of many different kinds of wood to create a pergola and the kind you go for will depend on the plans you have. Since the pergola will be exposed to the sun, wind, rain and hail, it’s always better to go for pressure treated wood so as to avoid deterioration or rot. If you want something that looks good but that lasts for several years then you should go for redwood or cedar but keep in mind that you will have to spend more money.
It’s always a good idea to go for a simple pergola so that you don’t have difficulty building it if it’s your first time working on a DIY project.
In order to know what size your DIY living room or pergola should have you should consider how big your backyard is and how you are going to use the pergola you build. If you are planning to give parties then you should think about the amount of people you will generally have together with the chairs, table and any other equipment you need.
Remember to print a plan of action for your pergola so that everything is easier for you. And when you dig holes for the posts make sure they are at least three feet in depth. But before doing that contact the electricity, telephone and water companies to know the exact location of the pipes and wires to avoid problems.
It’s always a good idea to ask your friends for some help to build your DIY living room on the backyard so that you all get involved in the process and can enjoy the results when you finish it.