My first post here... just after some advice or recommendations. We're moving into a rental this week, the house is great but there is no patio / pergola / alfresco area. The owner has put down some decking of sorts, which should be just enough for us to put our BBQ on.
I'm thinking of putting up either 2 gazebos (3m X 3m each making a 6m x 3m cover), or some sort of semi-temporary structure so that we can use the area outside over our wet season of winter. Has anyone previously had to deal with anything like this.
We're planning to only be in the house for 18-24 months while we sort out our deposit and start building our house (with a massive alfresco), so we'd like something that will last that long at least and won't blow away in the first winter storm that comes along.
I'm very capable with the tools having worked in a few trades, so don't mind building something that I can then dismantle at the end of the lease and take with us.
Hi Paul (@paulmp),
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This sounds like a great project, and I hope you'll get some useful suggestions. It might help though if you put up a couple of photos of the area you are working with. What's there currently and what were you planning to use as the base?
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I wonder if you could talk to the landlord @paulmp? They might want you to build something permanent that will improve the house. You could perhaps negotiate a discount on your rent for organising it or building it. I would have thought that it would be unlikely that something you build for one property would be suitable for another.
The owner of this place won't even put on a security screen door on the front door unfortunately.
We're all moved in now, the rear yard actually has paving and a solid base that I can build a freestanding cover on. I've put together a bit of a plan, looking at 4-6 upright posts, 4 main beams along the top, 6 smaller cross beams and then some colour bond on top.
Assuming I get the bracing right, it should be very steady. I'm working on anchoring it down somehow as well.
I'll post a photo of the area I'm working with shortly.
Definitely will be getting permission in writing, thanks for the tip though!
Thanks for joining in the discussion on Workshop and sharing some advice. It's great to have you as one of our latest community members. I trust you will also receive plenty of helpful information, advice and inspiration for your own projects from our clever and creative members.
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Just wondering if you have made any progress on your pergola project?
Also, have you seen this video series? It might prove useful for your build - http://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/outdoor/decking/how-to-build-a-pergola-overview
Not yet, still recovering budget-wise from the move and a few other unexpected costs (cars.. it never ends does it).
Looking at a couple of other options vs building something free standing. Oztrail do a 3x6m semi-permanent gazebo that might be suitable.. a few other brands have various options as well. Just not sure how hardy they are and if they will be destroyed over our usually very wet winter.