We have a strangely built backyard with some wasted space, so one of the projects we have had in mind for awhile is to build a pretty pergola by the back porch to add some shade, beauty, elegance and a place to be the center of our back area. Our yard has a large retaining wall made of rock, then behind that our property continues with a wooded area, a tree swing and a big hill. So, it is a hard area to work with, but it is amazing how much this has spruced up the yard!
A few weeks ago I shared an DIY inexpensive project that we did in the corner of the fence. The pergola is located diagonal to that right by the house, so you can have a view of the corner garden too.
So here’s what we did…
We didn’t want to invest in too much money, so we decided to build our own. My husband drew up some easy plans earlier in the summer and it turned out even better than we thought!
First, we dug REALLY big holes to make sure it was sturdy enough to withstand Texas storms. I will let the pictures do the talking 🙂
After we stained it, we wanted to add something to the top along with the boards. For added shade and a place to hang lights from, we went with lattice again. It is really inexpensive and it adds just enough shade. We spray painted it to match the corner garden. I love how it looks with the sun shining through!
We added in a porch swing as well, you can see that here. Once I finish that up, I will show you full pictures of that too! Be sure to check out my backyard inspiration post for my favorite outdoor lights.
It actually rained pretty hard last week, here is how it looked in the rain!
Fall is my favorite season and I cannot wait to see under the new pergola with a good book, a hot drink and a fire in the fire pit!