This weekend my parents and Craig's mom came up to help us with the bulk of the pergola building project. We spent all last week pre-cutting most of the beams, so we just needed help putting all of the pieces together. Of course this is simply easier said than done. Anyway, the majority of the pergola is now complete. All that is missing is the detail work around the base of each post, the final row of small slats to go across the top, and a coat of cedar stain. Hopefully these details will be done in the next few weeks.
Here's a reminder of what our patio looked like before we stained the concrete, got new patio furniture, and built the pergola:
Here are a few pictures of us assembling the pergola:
Here's the finished product (minus some minor detail work):
I can not tell you how pleased I am with the way it turned out!!! Now we'll be able to enjoy the space as much during the day as we do in the evenings!