We’re back in DIY mode today, for those of you are budding carpenters.
We’ve already found a great resource for (and lots more) for you, but today, we’re going to focus on just pergola plans.
Now, the one big advantage to building pergolas yourself is that they are much easier and quicker to build than, say, gazebos, which tend to be much more complex structures.
Of course, another reason why people choose to build their own pergolas is cost – you can save thousands of dollars by doing the job yourself (and even hiring a local handyman can work out a lot cheaper).
“We just finished building our pergola this weekend and I’m pleased to say that it looks better than my neighbors’ and we built it ourselves for half of what they paid.” (Cindy E., Florida)
And when you have great plans for building pergolas, you can actually build one in less than a day, as Nancy from Memphis and her husband found out:
My husband and I were able to get the plans Friday night and by Saturday evening we were asking friends over to admire our handy work. I was not sure about building anything, but the detailed instructions and plans were my saving grace.” (Nancy W., Tennessee)
You may be concerned about safety, especially if you’ve not built anything like this before.
But don’t worry – the plans tell you everything you need to know, and that includes how to ensure your finished pergola won’t blow away:
We built a 8′x10′ Pergola. Put a 4′ swing in the middle and it looks great. Used 6″x6″ poles cemented into the ground. If there is a big storm coming it will be the safest place to be. Thanks for the great set of plans!!!!” (Charles Jackson)
What’s Included (In Theory)
So, according to the sales page, this is what you get when you buy one of these pergola plans.
Firstly, you get your choice of 14 different pergolas, ranging in size from 8 x 10 ft up to 16 x 16 ft.
The plans included a full materials list, with item numbers listed for both Home Depot and Lowe’s, so there’s no way you can get the wrong parts.
The plans themselves contain step-by-step instructions that are so clear, it doesn’t matter whether you can read a blueprint or not.
You will also receive free picnic table plans as well – after all, you’ll need somewhere to eat some well-deserved food after erecting your pergola.
Now, if you’re worried about being able to build one of these pergolas, then you shouldn’t be, as there’s free technical support if you do have any questions.
And if all else fails, you’re protected by not only an eight-week money-back guarantee, but also, if you actually build your pergola and you don’t save at least 50% by building it yourself, you will get a full refund.
What’s Included (In Practice)
In order to give you the best possible review of this product, we actually bought one of the pergola plans ourselves, and this is what we found.
Firstly, although the plans are priced (individually), at just under $20, if you try to leave the page without buying, we were offered a special deal where you pay just $5 for the plan now, and you have to agree to be billed the remaining $15 in 30 days’ time. This allows you to try out the plans for next to nothing.
Once you’ve paid, you’re taken to the download page, where you are able to download:
After you’ve downloaded all of that, you are presented with three additional “offers”.
So, the question you’re no doubt asking is, do we recommend these pergola plans?
Well, the plans themselves do look pretty thorough, although we should warn you that we’re not master carpenters ourselves.
However, the list of Home Depot and Lowe’s item numbers promised on the sales page was not present in the plan we purchased, which may or may not be important to you.
If all you want to buy is a single pergola plan, then this product would be fine.
However, if you think you might want to build anything else, whether it’s another pergola or something completely different, then we would have to advise you choose one of the following two options:
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