Building a Pergola

This has been in the makings since my wife and I bought our first home in 2008. When we bought the place, it was new, and the builder hadn’t bothered to do anything with the yard. No grass, no landscaping, nothing. It was just a bare sandy lawn. We decided then that we were going to make this place look nice while we lived here.

This is what it looked like when we moved in:
Backyard & Patio Building
I was beginning to lay out the patio and pour the concrete footings to prepare for the pergola nearly 2yrs ago.

Pergola plans

I learned today I need to get a building permit before I start constructing my pergola.  No worries on that, my plans for the thing are rock solid.  But I have to submit a sketch with my application.

I tried to sketch it by hand, but I just can’t pull that off since the cancer.

So I decided to try it out in Google Sketchup.  Quite a simple program to use, but very cool for 3d modeling.  I’m impressed!

Pergola Sketch

Pergola Sketch

I sketched up this alternate design with more even spacing between the second tier beams. Hmmm, now there’s a dilemma. Which one do you prefer?