DIY Wooden Arbor

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.

Updated 9/19

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio (HERE) one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This simple wooden arbor only took a few hours to make and was free because we used scrap wood from the deck that we took down (HERE) and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall (HERE).

DIY Wooden Arbor

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When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy http://lehmanlane.net
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.

From the giant wood pile at the back of our yard, Jason was able to find the right amount of wood to make our arbor with.

DIY Wooden Arbr - wood pile

He used his chain saw to cut the wood to the size he needed it to be.

DIY Wooden Arbor - sawing the wood

The two 6 by 6 pressure treated posts are 8 feet tall.

DIY Wooden Arbor - pressure treated posts

We leveled the rocks under them and Jason secured them using outdoor screws to 2 posts that had been cemented to the ground from a previous arbor that had been here.

DIY Wooden Arbor - screwing in the posts

Jason also secured these posts with 2 lag bolts into our retaining wall (HERE).

DIY Wooden Arbor - lag bolt

We added another 6 by 6 post to the top of the posts leaving them a little room for it to hang over and secured the horizontal post to the vertical post using 3 inch exterior screws.  Jason always drills a small pilot hole before adding any screws so as not to splinter the wood.

DIY Wooden Arbor

He then cut down 2 pressure treated 2 by 6’s from our previous deck with his table saw to create the cross boards at the top of the arbor for the vine to grow between.

DIY Wooden Arbor - L bracket
DIY Wooden Arbor - lattice

We added some L shaped brackets to the boards to attach them to the top of the arbor.

DIY Wooden Arbor - finial

Jason added 2 more 4 foot posts to either side of the arbor along with 2 finials left over from the previous arbor.

DIY Wooden Arbor - finial
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor http://lehmanlane.net

Since completing the DIY wooden arbor I planted a sweet autumn clematis like this one,

It smells delicious too!

Hirt’s Gardens Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine – Clematis paniculata – Fragrant – 2.5″ Pot

to grow around the arbor.  We had this vine at our previous house and it had beautiful white flowers and pretty fall red color of the leaves.

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy http://lehmanlane.net
Sweet Autumn Clematis
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy http://lehmanlane.net

Two years later & our sweet autumn clematis has started to grow & is GORGEOUS!!!

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy http://lehmanlane.net
Sweet Autumn Clematis

If you have been following along you know that our new wooden arbor is one of the final steps of our backyard patio makeover.  To start at the beginning of this makeover check that out here

Our Back Patio is DONE! I still can’t Believe ALL we did

Demo Deck

Save Brick from Previous Patio

Dig an 8 foot by 8 foot space for our Hot Tub

Build a retaining wall around the sunken patio

Move the Hot Tub

Level the Ground inside the Patio

Use Reclaimed Brick and Create a Brick Patio

Use Reclaimed Flagstone/ Bluestone for walkway in front of Sliding Doors

Landscape around Sunken Patio

Build an Arbor for the Entrance to the Patio

Bring the Outdoor Furniture Back

Check out the FULL Reveal (HERE)

We transformed the backyard of our farmhouse by taking down a deck and creating a sunken brick and flagstone patio. Back Patio Makeover - Final Reveal / sunken patio / brick patio/ farmhouse backyard / patio makeover/ diy / outdoor sofa and coffee table / http://lehmanlane.net
Back Patio Makeover Reveal

We couldn’t be happier with how our new arbor turned out!

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