The lean-to pergola - also known as a patio pergola, attached pergola, carport or entranceway pergola - has become a very popular addition to the house and garden in recent years. And rightly so! It creates a wonderful outdoor room where we can relax and entertain. Happy days!
We'll be looking at how to build - in any size - a fantastic attached pergola, with which to grace any patio or deck.
Also we'll see what's on offer in the manufactured ready-made market. There are some fabulous attached pergola kits for those who'd like all the cutting and drilling done by machine. Just the job.
This style of pergola can be put to many uses as an entry pergola or pergola porch, a car port, patio pergola, log store, an outside porch, a utility area or garden seating area. It's a very versatile outdoor space, and is by far the most popular pergola built from the plans.
Buy a pergola kit if you'd like everything cut to size or you'd like one of the many unusual designs available - and some of them are truly stunning - or you'd prefer a maintenance-free vinyl pergola design.
Choose a pergola plan, if you need your pergola to fit a particular space (as the plans can be made to any size), if you like the idea of building your own wonderful garden structure, or if you'd like to save a bit to spend on planting and furniture.
It really is a great feeling to build a pergola of your own. For something that looks so good, it doesn't actually take that long, and gives such a sense of achievement.
Let's have a look at the plans first...
If you'd like to have a go at building your own attached lean-to pergola, you can find these, step-by-step plans here.
These particular plans were created for someone who wanted to build a specific pergola design for their garden, so they form part of the 'Additional Pergola Plan' series.
Of course, you can easily use the principles outlined in the free pergola plans to build any pergola or arbour.
But if you would prefer to have a step-by-step guide to building this particular pergola, for the price of one of the rafters, you will have at hand detailed instructions on how to create an absolutely beautiful structure for your home and garden.
The attached pergola plans can be fully adapted to fit any situation and come with 18 free rafter tail templates to make your lean-to pergola a truly unique structure.
Even though the hexagonal and Asian pergola plans were written to be free standing, they can also be built as attached pergolas...
There are some wonderful attached lean-to pergola kits with which to transform a porch, house or garden wall, available in different styles to suit a range of purposes.
For a traditional style patio pergola, we can create this attractive seating area.
Notice how this next pergola has rafters that run from front to back, rather than side to side like the one above. It just depends on which style you prefer.
Being made of treated and planed timber, these are good quality pergolas, available in a huge range of sizes, from around 6ft to 21ft - and any permutation of size within! They are certainly worth a look.
Another option is this attached pergola. Classed as a carport, it can be used for many different purposes and situations. Its long length makes it ideal for running along the side of a house or garden wall. It's ideal as an entranceway or carport, too.
It comes with different lengths of post, depending on how the posts are fixed:
This is the same for many pergola kits now. It makes them much more versatile.
Here's an attached pergola being used as a carport - very useful for this purpose, especially if you're without a garage.
Only recently available, this attached vinyl pergola has a strong, durable polycarbonate roof. Coming in a range of lengths, it is ideal as an attractive, maintenance-free solution.
Many people have asked me about this pergola style, over the last few years particularly. They've all wanted the maintenance-free aspect and the covered roof that this design offers.
All options are 3 metres from the house, and come in lengths between 3 metres and 9 metres - so big enough for everyone's needs!
Other beautiful wooden pergola kits are the Contemporary patio pergola and the Dragon patio pergola, which are ideal as an entranceway or porch, but are as big as most traditional-style rectangular or square pergola kits. Measuring 2.7m (8'10"), they are big enough to house a dining table and chairs, or a couple of loungers and coffee table, with planters and a fire pit, for instance.
Both styles would be fantastic as an seating area close to the house. And very attractive they look too, the Dragon design being an Asian-inspired pergola, with turreted pagoda style rafters.
Another pergola style that has been very popular this year is the pergola canopy, which are also called an attached pergola awning. It can make an outdoor area usable in a wider variety of weather conditions than a traditional pergola, whether that's protection from the sun, whilst eating or relaxing, or in less clement weather, for barbecues. We've all been there!
Versatility is the name of the game, especially as we're using our gardens even more for getting together with friends. Pergola awnings, being fully retractable, ensure that we can have more of the good times!
If you would like to make your own pergola canopy, find ideas and instructions here...
Both climbing plants and pot plants can make a huge difference to your pergola. Try arranging a few pots or planters either between the posts or next to them.
Creating a colourful display can be inexpensive and easy to achieve, yet can be simply stunning, especially with the choice of plants that are available.
Swing seat kits are available to hang off the pergola rafters. A wooden swing gives the area a relaxing feel with definite pergola appeal. Everyone will be flocking to sit on it!
Even if the pergola is intended as a utility area, it can still be made to look like an attractive feature in your outdoor space.
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