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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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.
He used his chain saw to cut the wood to the size he needed it to be.
The two 6 by 6 pressure treated posts are 8 feet tall.
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.
Jason also secured these posts with 2 lag bolts into our retaining wall (HERE).
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.
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.
We added some L shaped brackets to the boards to attach them to the top of the arbor.
Jason added 2 more 4 foot posts to either side of the arbor along with 2 finials left over from the previous arbor.
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.
Two years later & our sweet autumn clematis has started to grow & is GORGEOUS!!!
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 couldn’t be happier with how our new arbor turned out!