The need for a pergola started with the need for a spot for the outdoor fireplace. The first time we used it, it singed a nice hole into my lawn and into storage it went. Then we decided that we really needed a patio. So after a year with a hole in the yard, questions about our plans for said hole, and the subsequent building of the patio the year after that, we are finally going to put a pergola above it. Yeah us! I know this picture makes us look plenty redneck, what with the green plastic furniture and all. But those were really just temporary. Why put pretty wooden seats or something equally fancy out in the sun to bake? You can see the corner posts (not up yet) have cement corners poured down two feet. Eventually I will build nice flower beds around the patio, but this in and of itself is a big step.
My husband's friend owns his own mill. The guys milled all the timbers for us from local trees for no cost. I love that part the most. No money involved.
This portable mill is the bee's knees. Jaime, the owner has a logging outfit too so he is actually equipped to easily get trees, haul them to his mill, lift them onto the mill with a Bobcat, and mill until his little heart is content. Thanks Jaime!
This is what most of the timbers look like stained and ready for the construction phase, which I have slated to begin tomorrow. I am really excited to start but nervous that my mind's image won't be what we end up with. I will show progress pics.... I promise. Hopefully we'll have a great start to show you tomorrow.