This step by step diy project is about garden arbor designs. There are many garden design ideas you could choose from, so make sure you take into account all the pros and cons. If you have the right budget and skills, choosing the right design for the project is the most difficult challenge. Nevertheless, in this article we show you several alternatives starting with basic projects up to complex woodworking plans.
A garden arbor can take many shapes and designs, so you should make sure the plans fit withing the budget and match the style of the property. Starting with basic structures up to complex pergola with swings, there are a lot of options. If you have the right carpentry skills and common tools, you could try to get the job done by yourself. Furthermore, if you ask a skilled friend to assist you, the venture shouldn’t take more than several days.
It is essential to invest in high quality materials when building the arbors, such as cedar, pine or redwood, both for their durability and beautiful appearance. Select the lumber with attention, as the components should be perfectly straight and without visible flaws. Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of our projects, as we have a large variety of detailed articles for your home and garden.
The first arbor design you could choose from is about a simple construction. As you can see in the image, you need to build the legs from 2×2 lumber, while the beams should be cut out from 2×4 lumber. Any person with basic skills can get the job done in no more than one weekend, as it requires basic tools and common materials. Cutting the arched beams requires a good jigsaw, but the hard work will pay off when finishing the project.
A peaked roof arbor is another alternative you can choose from. As you can see in the diagram, the unique design will add character and value to your property.
The next arbor designs is similar to the previous example, but in the same time it has a more exquisite look. Cut notches in the rafters when fitting them on top of the beams is required, if you want to get a neat appearance. Align all the components at both ends and take accurate measurements, if you want to get a professional result. Plumb the posts with a spirit level and secure them into concrete footings with metal anchors.
If you want to want to create a large shaded area, you should consider building a really nice grape arbor. There are many designs and sizes you could choose from, so we really recommend you to customize it to your needs and to the configuration of your garden. Make sure you set the posts at least 2′ into concrete after plumbing the posts, in order to get a rigid structure.
Alternatively, you should consider building an arbor with an arched top, if you are looking for an unique design. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the difficulty of the project, as building the arched components require complex woodworking skills and professional tools. Add lattice to both sides of the arbor, in order to create a support for climbing plants or to enhance its design.
One of the last garden arbor designs you can choose can be seen in the above image. Therefore, an arbor with a swing is an interesting project as it combines the look of a garden arbor with the convenience of a swing. Building the bench of the swing is maybe the most complex step of the project, as you need to make a rigid structure while keeping the costs at a decent level. See step by step instructions HERE.
If the previous constructions are too small for your needs, you should consider building a patio pergola. The techniques required are pretty much the same as in the previous cases, so the main difference is that you need to spend a larger amount of money on materials. Furthermore, you can adjust the plans as to fit with the rest of the style of your property. Placing the rafters closer will let less light to get through, so it will create a nice shaded area.
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