Thanks for all the great comments last week! I loved reading all about your springtime house and garden projects. Our patio pergola project is now complete, thanks to the tenacious team that worked, uncomplainingly, through driving rain, gale force wind, and brief moments of sunshine. Here are pictures of the final stages of the project:
As detailed in Patio Pergola Project, Part One, the crew made tremendous progress on Friday and Saturday. They pried up huge slabs of blue stone; they dug up, extended, and graveled the existing patio, and they cemented four posts for a pergola. They also replaced and leveled the best of the blue stone. Phew!
On Sunday, the crew not only finished the stone work — they built the pergola, too!
Using nothing more than a chisel and a hammer, the talented team cut notches in the support posts.
Then they cut long boards at a sharp angle…
And fit them into the aforementioned nooks.
Then they cut, notched, and installed additional boards…
Until the pergola became a reality.
Feeling optimistic, Fox and I immediately placed a long table and six chairs beneath the pergola.
The crew promptly removed said table and chairs, in order to sweep sand into the cracks between stones. Then they scattered grass seed and straw as needed around the patio.
Of course, now that the pergola and patio are finished, I realize just how unsightly the door on the 1940’s era “no-car” garage is. Or perhaps I should say “was.” Next week, I’ll show you how I made the garage door disappear!
Answers to questions from last week’s post:
Will you paint the pergola? Yes, although the builder advised us to wait a year. Our plan is to paint the wood white to match the house clapboard.
Will you grow vines on the pergola? Yes, but not until the structure has been painted. And even then, I will probably grow only annual vines, such ‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glories. This summer I look forward to suspending colorful hanging baskets from the pergola!
Thanks so much for sweating out this project with me. xKevin
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