Originally Posted by theWalkinator
The other option is to build a simple pergola yourself and you can tie it down on the deck surface using some square metal brackets, like shown here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...ergola/3352816
. Also, build a larger planter box so you can plan some vines, I always like grape plan, not only it provides shade, it grows grapes hanging under the pergola so you can just pick and eat while relaxing under the shade.
Unfortunately the square metal brackets wont work for me on the paver patio. I was thinking about another option in which you mark the post spots and drill a hole through paver at that spot. You then drive a long steel rod into the hole, leaving about 13" exposed. You then drill into the bottom of the post and slip it over the rod.
Kind of like this: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how...mns/index.html
As for tying it into the deck, I would basically use the exposed joist of the deck and attach the pergola rafters to it with joist hangers OR a custom wood ledger board with a 2x4 along the bottom and notching the rafters to fit over and end up flush with the top of the ledger. I'd then secure it from the top using T-brackets and from the bottom with long screws.
I think having it attached would make it look more permanent/tied in with the house. The gap between the side of the pergola and the side of the house would be the only possibly strange looking part but I think I could make it look decent.
The main problems/issues I have with a freestanding pergola are;
- Making sure the post near the stairs doesn't interfere with traffic. I want the post within the patio and preferably not right on the edge.
- I would have to leave enough space around the pergola to allow for the 'overhang' on all sides. This might look odd on the house and deck sides.
- Four posts within the patio would take up more space and possibly get in the way more than just two on the side of the patio.
- To look right, I think the pergola would have to be smaller overall.