Pergola Canopy v. Thunderstorms



Thunderstorms = New Pergola Canopy

 We spend a lot of time in our backyard, especially in the summer. Our backyard patio needed architectural definition and additional seating for entertaining.

B E F O R E
B E F O R E


Two summers ago, my brilliant husband designed and built our lovely and simple large pergola.

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Douley & Phoebe Photo Bomb

 
It measures 12′ wide x 22′ long, with four outside and two middle posts and a middle beam support.

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12’W by 22’L


With the middle crossbeam and post supports our pergola is sort of divided into quarters – if that makes sense?

not to scale
not to scale


Large rods and bolts secure the pressure treated wood.

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Not bad for amateurs!

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We Need a Canopy!

Even with the top crossbeam slats, there isn’t much protection from the midday sun. I liked the idea of a retracting or removable canopy.

source: www.aristocratawnings.com
source: http://www.aristocratawnings.com


But, the price for one of these babies was a real downer: $2,500.00. So, I decided to make a canopy. 😉  We cut out a total of 32 U-shaped ‘brackets’ from pieces of scrap wood. We screwed 16 brackets onto one 22′ long side of the pergola crossbeam and then the other 16 to the opposite side, spacing them 36″ apart.

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