Pergola...too much?


Old 06-18-07, 12:17 PM
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Pergola...too much?

We have a big, open backyard with little shade or seclusion. My idea to create a secluded, inviting area was to build a pergola and plant jasmine to fill it in.

Now I don't want the pergola to be a massive structure in terms of height or width (maximum rafter length would be 7ft)...but I would like to run it in the shape of an 'L', 30ft by 20ft. I would back it with lattice with hopes of providing an intimate nook in my backyard once the jasmine took over.

I haven't seen this done before and I was just wondering, structurally or aesthetically, is there a reason that I shouldn't run a pergola for this much length? Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 06-18-07, 01:41 PM
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Sounds great! Check out pergola pictures at this link See the L-shaped one.

This pergola is not L-shaped, but it is very luxurious. So many are incorporating outdoor kitchens into landscapes. Something to think about. If you have the plumbing and wiring in place, a kitchen can be added later.

Here's a link for how to build a pergola:

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