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Pergola with shiplap panelling and lights

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This Softwoods pergola, available from Bunnings by special order, provides a grand outdoor entertaining area. 

 

 

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The project

 

This all started with my wife wanting a pergola – she saw this one available from Bunnings via special order from Softwoods. I have better-than-average D.I.Y. skills, along with a garage full of tools that I enjoy using, so I thought I'd give it a go.

 

Both Bunnings and Softwoods were very helpful with plans to get a permit. This size – 6m x 3.8m – requires council approval.

 

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The kit came with very strong footings – cyclone rated.

 

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My backyard has a slight fall to it – 250mm over the length of the pergola. I would recommend putting down a slab first. It would have made the job a lot easier – I had to brace and support the posts while building.

 

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The pergola came pre-cut, ready to paint and erect. But you have to be spot-on with all your measurements or it will not line up, so take your time.

 

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The shiplap boards and the bunker lights came from my favorite supply store – Bunnings.

 

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Concrete poured.

 

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With the help of a mate the frame was up in one day. My brother helped me put the shiplap and iron on on another day. I mixed and poured the concrete footings with the help of my son. Thanks, Ned, Marcus and Peter.

 

How to build a pergola

 

Bunnings has a series of videos about how to build a pergola, which includes building the pergola frame and constructing the roof.

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More pergola inspiration

 

Experienced Bunnings Workshop members DIYgals have built a brilliant pergola over a low-level deck, which you can see go up in a time-lapse video. 

 

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Workshop member tom_builds replaced old brick pavers with a low-level deck and Softwoods patio kit to creat this covered area, all for around $4500.

 
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There's also plenty more inspiration for your outdoor area in our Top 10 most popular decking projects and Top 10 most popular outdoor projects.

 

Let us know if you need a hand with your project – we're here to help.

 

Comments
lifestylebymari
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Great project, super handy for both winter and summer. A space for the whole family to enjoy and looks super cute too! 

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