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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Wisteria Trellis...Again

This afternoon some friends who own a landscape design and landscaping company took a few minutes to stop by and take a look at our trellis situation. They quickly agreed with the previous assesment that the current trellis should be replaced.

We talked for a few minutes and came up with the idea of pouring some basic concrete footing and placing 6x6 posts at each corner. The upper frame will be either 6x6 or 4x4 with 2x6 cross-members. In order to strengthen the structure we will probably use the 2x6 scraps to construct corner blocks. My friends will price up the lumber and labor and get back to me with some ideas of how long the building will take and how much it will cost. I will do as much work as I can myself to try and keep the costs down. I don't know much about pouring concrete footings, but I can assemble the basic wood framing of a pergola.

For my part, I am researching some basic decorative cuts that can be used at the ends of the cross members to dress up the structure a bit.

A Google Search for Pergola yields a host of information on pergolas, including several pictures.


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