How to build a pergola – new project in Croatia

This winter we had a new project at Villa BellaVista. To build a new pergola on our front terrace. We already have one pergola in our garden, as shown in the photo below, where we hang all our hammocks for total relaxation. Now we were going to have another similar pergola on the terrace, to avoid having large sun umbrellas which in the summer seem to blow in the wind and break easily.

Villa BellaVista front terrace

Villa BellaVista front terrace

Ingredients for pergola:
– 12 wooden posts (10cm x 12 cm thick)
-colourful paint to protect the wood (we chose a reddish colour to match the existing pergola)
-lots of metal screws and metal brackets
-drills, chainsaw and various other tools
-nice Croatian weather and an amazing view
-3 men (Mr C + 2 local guys who are good at building LEGO at DIY
-1 woman (Ms E to supervise the 3 men)
-plenty of kava (coffee)

Once you have gathered all the ingredients, get the men working and just tell them what to do!

fixing the first post

fixing the first post

what a view!

nice to work with that view!!

all measured precisely

all measured precisely

the main front support is up

the main front support is up

the top beams are going up

the top beams are going up

checking the details

checking the details

half-way there and looking good!

half-way there and looking good!

job done.  Our guests will enjoy the new covered terrace this summer!

job done. Our guests will enjoy the new covered terrace this summer!

new pergola at Villa BellaVista

new pergola at Villa BellaVista

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14 responses to “How to build a pergola – new project in Croatia

  1. Looking nice indeed !
    What’s gonna be on top of it, nothing, growing grapes on it or some sort of palm leaf covering ?
    Anyway, one tip: put the top side of those beams in/under some truly weather proof cover, as sunshine and winter rain eat that wood like kids their happy meal at mc.D.
    But for sure, looks great, so nice job folks (and up to the next).
    Hammocks, hammocks…….forget about those hammocks, as those are for guests and lazy people.

    • thanks Pim for all your suggestions. Wood has been treated and painted for weather proof…. hopefully enough… what we put on top? a tenda, like for the existing pergola we have. It’s nice and shady in summertime… and no goats around, only lazy people like me on the hammocks…

  2. Ohhh stylish and practical! Love it, and I am sure on those hot summer days so will your guests…and goats if NedCro is right…

  3. Looks great – we’re also planning a pergola at some point because our yard gets a lot of sun. The hammocks are a brilliant idea (which I think I’m going to steal… the idea that is)! What do you use to cover up the pergola and make some shade??

    • we use some shade-sails (australian ones… they are called Kookaburra shade sails) or like the locals call them “tenda”… After the season we take them down. We didn’t want any vines etc because didn’t want anything that drops leaves or grapes or other seeds which would stain the travertino stones on the terrace. But I guess if you are not concerned about marks on the floor you could put some vines or kiwis or something like that? ps we love the hammocks they are so relaxing

  4. I love it! The place looks lovely~

  5. We *definitely* need to come back! LOL!

  6. It looks great! What a nice enhancement. We learned how to build one a few years ago and were really happy with the results. Congrats! ~Terri

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