Attached Pergola Plans

Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola, made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

These attached pergola plans are intended for beginners, so that everyone has the opportunity to build something very special in their garden this year!  

Quick and easy to build, even for those with very little experience, the step-by-step plans make creating this fabulous pergola a breeze!

There's nothing more relaxing than spending a lovely sunny day under the rafters of a beautiful pergola, whiling away the hours with friends and family, and having a wonderful outdoor room in which to do it.

This type of pergola has become much more popular in the last few years; and understandably so.  We all relish an oasis of peace and tranquility in our busy lives, and these attached pergola plans are an ideal guide for those wishing to enjoy an extension to the house at minimal cost.  An added bonus is that you can surround yourself with stunning and fragrant climbing plants, vines, wonderful garden furniture and pots.  You'll be spending a good deal of the year out here under the rafters, you'll see!

Sometimes called lean-to or patio pergola designs, these plans are fully adaptable, so you can make them fit not only your space, but also the look and feel that you prefer. The attached pergola plans come with 18 free rafter tail templates to add a unique touch to your creation.

The pergola building plans can be made to fit any length, depth and height, giving you absolute control over the way that you use the space.

Pergola Climbing Plants and Accessories

Wouldn't you love this heavenly purple clematis clambering through the rafters of your outdoor room?  They're not difficult to grow, especially if you have a good structure over which they can clamber.  And there are literally hundreds of different types and colours to choose from, as well as all the roses and vines available.

Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a heavenly purple clematis growing over a pergola trellis.

Use these attached pergola plans to create an extension to the house, or, if you prefer, make the pergola into a carport, a log store, an entrance way over a door, an entranceway along a wall, a utility area, a garden seating area attached to a garden wall, or a lovely flower-covered walkway.

Jeff made one with a hanging seat. He added lights and a patio heater to make it a magical place to entertain in the evenings (and well into the night!). Ornaments have been attached to the pergola rafters giving the whole area a personal touch.

Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with hanging seat.

This seat can be bought as a kit, with chains and fixings included. Suspend from the rafters for instant comfort and pergola appeal!

All wood can be painted or stained any colour, or left to age naturally.

Here's a twin seat opposite, creating a very enclosed and cosy area.

Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with garden seat.

Attached Pergola Plans - The Example 

The attached pergola plans can be adapted for any size of area, whether the pergola is built onto an exising patio, deck, lawn or gravel base.  The plans are written using a footprint of 8' x 8'.  They explain how to extend the pergola, putting in extra posts along the way. This is fully covered in the 'Adapting The Plans' section.

Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola footprint.

The pergola picture at the top of the page is drawn to scale, with a post size of 4", and rafters measuring 6" x 1.5", but again, the attached pergola plans will show you how to use different sizes of timber to suit your own particular preference.

Here is the footprint with the rafters attached.

Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola footprint with rafters and ledger board.

There are 18 different rafter tail templates to choose from to give your attached pergola a really unique look; one being the basic straight rafter tail template design, and then there are 17 curved ones, with classy lines! These are automatically downloaded with your attached pergola plans.

The Attached Pergola Construction

This is the basic pergola design.  It looks great just as it is!  Even so, there are many ways to alter the appearance. 

Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola with rafters and ledger board.

The rafters, shown on the example, are raised to give a feeling of more depth against the main front and back rafters.  These could easily be fully notched or completely unnotched, if you prefer.

Copyright image: Pergola rafter.
Copyright image: Pergola rafter.

Here it is with purlins attached to the top of the rafters. These can be used in order to provide added shade, or for the purely decorative effect they bring.

Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola with rafters, ledger board and purlins.

Find out other ways to make your pergola a fantasically unique and interesting space.  All is explained within the attached pergola plans.

Is This Pergola Easy to Build Myself?

Of course!

Even though the finished pergola looks stunning, it is actually quite straightforward to build once you know what size fixings to use and where to cut the notches. Just follow the plans and you will have this wonderful pergola installed in no time at all.

And you will be able to build it for around about £160, with all the timber and fixings included.

The beauty of building a diy pergola is that you can modify it so that it exactly suits you taste, style and situation at a fraction of the cost for someone else to come and build it for you. Buying a pergola kit is another option.  You will pay more, have less control over the design details, and will have to install it yourself, anyway.

So if you feel confident, have a go. It's a great feeling, making a pergola from scratch. And the end result is well worth it!

These particular plans were originally created for someone who wanted to build a specific pergola design for their garden, so they form part of the 'Additional Pergola Plans Series'.

Of course, you can 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 - which is a little more 'involved' - 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.

Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola made using the step-by-step attached pergola plans.




Why will these attached pergola plans be great for you?

  • They are intended and written for beginners! If this is the first time you have tried a project like this, or your experience is limited, then they will make everything so much easier.
  • They give step-by-step, detailed instructions on exactly what to do.
  • Within the plans are simple, clear diagrams at every stage.
  • They include a section on adapting the plans, to fit your needs and particular situation.
  • They will show you how to stop damp penetrating the adjoining wall, using an easy method.
  • All tools and materials have links to the items you need, so that you can take a look to see what they are like, either buying them from an internet store or using your local DIY store.
  • Many people have contacted me to say how easy to use, detailed and comprehensive the plans are.
  • There are 18 different, ready to use, rafter tail templates, to make your pergola into a beautiful and unique structure.
  • The finished pergola looks absolutely fantastic!                                                                                                                    
Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with canopy.

Here's one that John built from the plans.  He has extended the pergola to at least double the length.  It looks absolutely fantastic!

Copyright image: An attached pergola creating an amazing outdoor space.

Pam and Brian extended their outdoor living space with this amazing attached pergola.  What a triumph!

Adapting the Plans

There are many ways to adapt the plans to fit your own preferences and needs. The plans still work with any of the modifications.

Here are some ideas:

  • Making your pergola longer or deeper.
  • Positioning the posts to give acceptable pergola beam spans.
  • Changing the rafter tail end design.
  • Making the rafter tails longer.
  • Using different ways to fix your pergola to the ground.
  • How to use flush-fitting rafters (sit at the same level as the supporting rafters), raised rafters (sit slightly higher than the supporting rafters) and un-notched rafters (sit fully on top of the supports) to give different decorative effects.
  • Different ways to fix the ledger.

Downloading the Plans

The plans are ready for immediate download, together with the 18 free rafter tail templates.

You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer in order to read the plans. If you don't already have this essential software, you can download it here. It is simple, quick and free to download.

If you can't find the download email in you inbox, please check your junk/spam folder.

Ready to Begin?

Click on the 'Add To Cart' button below, follow the simple instructions and your lean-to pergola plans will be with you straight away.

Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola made using the step-by-step attached pergola plans.




Feel free to email me using the contact form with further questions you may have.

I hope you have as much fun building your attached pergola as I've had getting the plans ready.  I'm sure you'll be very proud of your creation! 

Give a whole new dimension to your outdoor living.

Here's to your fantastic new pergola.


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