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We have a length of flower bed where we want to grow climbing roses, and have discussed (in a creative sense!) having a Pergola along the bed. Our thoughts have all been rather utilitarian – ornateness was being traded for cost and time-saving during construction. I suppose the fact that we were not happy with our mental design, in a creative sense, is why construction had not started. Good thing too! Whilst taking down a barn I had bought at an auction I got the opportunity to “take down and take away” a pretty little pergola too.
After waiting for Listing Consent to be cleared I went over one sunny day in July to de-construct it.
Remove the plants. Grapes intertwined around the frame, and through the trellis, and looking like they’ve been there for 20 years or more!
Once they were removed the structure and form were revealed more clearly. Thank goodness we didn’t knock together the pergola of our own dreams! it would not have been a patch on this.
The pergola is very solidly constructed – all mortice and tenon joints, none of that nail-together-stuff that is my forte! The top is rain-proofed with lead sheet.
I try to use a reciprocating saw to cut through the screws that secure the uprights, but after blunting several blades I resort to knocking a wedge in and using my trusty angle-grinder in the gap.
December 2009 – Reconstruction
Some pieces laid out as a trial, ready for imminent reconstruction …
Come June 2010 and still raring to go …
24 June and had to move the Pergola so I could cut the grass. But still raring to go … I bet you are relieved that I’m not your spouse!
Dug some holes for footings and used 9″ drainage pipe to create a vertical collar of concrete to the footings below. Hopefully this has enabled me to get a good level between section, and will enable me to hide the footings with soil
At last! Erection starts …
There was some time consuming and somewhat tedious painting during the Summer. The trellis is fiddly to paint, but I managed to find something called “Barn Paint” which can be thinned with water for a primer / undercoat, and then used as a topcoat, which covered the existing paint in one coat, and new wood in 2 ~ 3 coats – a lot less effort than the 5 or 6 coats of Dulux that would be needed.
Gallery of Growth