It was with an immense feeling of satisfaction and joy that we completed another garden project in time to enjoy the late summer sunshine that we are experiencing at the moment. With the help of our builder we created an informal alfresco dining area in the shape of this divine pergola design!Pergola1

The inspiration for this project was primarily to create a space where we could enjoy watching the sun go down behind the distant oak trees. Flanked by a three metre high wall to the rear and the warm wooden structure of the black painted barn to one side the area is sheltered from the winds that blow across the adjacent farmland thus creating the ideal place for a relaxed evening meal.

Further inspiration came from the grapevine that we planted against the wall but have failed to nurture as, until now, it hasn’t had any sort of framework to support its scrambling tendrils. We hope that by  constructing this pergola it will not only give the impression of an outside room in close proximity to our kitchen but that it will eventually encourage the vine to take hold and provide a sunny haven for its ripening fruit.Pergola2

I would like to think that we have created a cosy courtyard that has a Mediterranean feel about it. A place where we can eat freshly baked bread soaked in olive oil, washed down with a glass of fruity red wine, or fresh mussels accompanied with crusty white loaves and a cold Sauvignon blanc!Pergola3

I’m pleased to say that are very happy with the outcome. It did however involve a great deal of thought and planning to ensure the pergola was properly designed and built within the confines of the chosen area. For ease and economy we chose to buy a Grange Car Port/Pergola measuring 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.79m, knowing that we could make the necessary modifications to achieve our aim.Crafty alignment

Complications arose when it became apparent that the barn did not sit square to the wall. Fortunately, between us all, we had the foresight to measure and make the necessary adjustments to the angle of the beams before going ahead with the final erection.Stainless steel support

Another small detail that I was really pleased with was these custom made stainless steel “shoe” supports that were designed and manufactured to keep each of the wooden uprights off the ground thus preventing rainwater damage and eventual rot.Pergola

A little bit of France has arrived in our garden in the shape of this lovely pergola.  I’ll drink to that!

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