Looking Forward to Spring?
We’re getting closer and closer to that wonderful day, the first day of Spring! That means it’s time to start thinking about this year’s outdoor projects!
These pictures show you a couple versions of a neat little project that can be done in a weekend. I would tell you what it is, but I don’t know!
Pergola or Trellis?
I’m just about ready to give up on figuring out exactly what constitutes a pergola and what would be more aptly named a trellis! If you want to start down that dark path, you can start here. I’ll just call it a trellis and be done with it!
Here is another one:
By whatever name, these structures are really great to have. They:
- are quick and easy projects
- don’t have to cost a fortune (but can spend a fortune if you really go for it)
- add interest to exterior areas
- help frame exterior rooms
- provide shade and structure without blocking all light
- provide a place for hanging plants and vines to grow
It’s fun to get creative with the design of a trellis and if you look around you’ll find some great ideas out there. I’m a big fan of the traditional on this. I like the standard “lazy S” curve at the ends of the boards, and I like them painted white.
Modern materials add a maintenance free option if you’re willing to give up some “real wood” nuances. (I’m not so willing) A couple of well known materials would be Azek, which is a solid white material that works much like wood, and Trex which is a composite material that many have seen used in decks.
There are also some new materials available in recycled plastic that come in different colors. I’m not very familiar with these, but I like the idea of some color.
In the end, I’m a wood guy and I want mine made out of real lumber. Cypress, Redwood, Cedar, and regular pressure treated lumber are all good options. Anything that is rot and bug resistant.
I want to do all kinds of neat tricks to it and I want it to weather a little over time. I’m just a fan of natural materials, I guess.
However you do it, whatever you call it, and outdoor structure such as these shown are a great project to start off your year of outdoor living!
Send me some pictures!