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.
I mortared all of the joints, but I have no pics of that. It was tedious work, actually.
Skip forward to 2010. Patio is done and we have all the lumber to build the pergola. Construction began by installing the posts by mounting brackets onto the bolts that were sunk into the footings 2yrs ago.
The pergola isn’t finished yet. I intend to install benches into the corners (the four sides each get entry/exit points), and the corners will then be covered with lattice to improve shade and allow vines to grow. Over the top, we’re going to put up a temporary string net to support the vining plants until they get woody enough to support themselves.
But before we plant anything, the whole structure will be painted white to match the trim of the house and offer a bit of a country feel to it.
We’re working on a stepping stone path from the pergola to the vegetable garden with some of the leftover stone from the patio. I’m tilling up the soil for the walkway, sinking the stones, and then back-filling so they sit flush with the soil surface. I want to be able to just run the mower over the tops of them and avoid bringing out the string trimmer to get the grass that comes up between them.