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How to Build an Arbor for Your Backyard Living Space

If you are looking for a way to add beauty as well as function, you might consider adding an arbor to your backyard landscape. Arbors are a fun and creative way to accessorize your Atlanta outdoor living environment.Artistic Pools | Backyard Living

Here is a quick guide on how you can build an arbor for your backyard living space:

Materials:

Two 4×4 posts (10 feet long)

Two 2×6 (6 feet long)

Two 2×6 (7 feet long)

Twenty-six 2×2 rails (45 inches long)

Eight galvanized lag screws

Galvanized nails

Gravel

Concrete 

Tools: Jigsaw, Posthole Digger, Hammer, Drill, Ladder, Framing Square, Level 

1. Start by using a posthole digger to dig 2 holes that are 2 feet deep. Place the posts into the holes and pour approximately 6 inches of gravel in the hole. Check the posts for proper straightness and then fill the hole with concrete.

2. Now, take your two 2×6 pieces of wood and cut them into 4 even sections. Using the drill, and the square, place these crossbeams on the front and back of the posts. Attach with the lag screws.

3. Using a jigsaw, shape the ends of your 7-foot 2×6. The design could be inspired by your home or an existing structure in your yard.

4. Using the galvanized nails, attach the 7-foot beams to your posts. Be sure that the 7-foot beams are perpendicular to the 3-foot crossbeams. Use a minimum of 2 nails per end.

5. Cut your 2×2 rails to proper length allowing each end to have approximately ½ an inch of overhang. Drive one nail through each end. Place another rail beside the existing rail to determine the proper spacing. Proceed until all rails are used.

6. Your arbor structure is now structurally complete. You can either stain or paint the arbor to match your home. 

This arbor will serve as a great entrance to your backyard living space or as a unique place to hide away and read a good book.

 

Outdoor Living DIY: How to Build an Arbor

Arbors are traditionally small covered areas that grace walkways and gardens to provide a bit of shade or protection from the weather. They can be constructed out of a variety of materials to suit any home and garden, from traditional to contemporary, and can include benches to provide a secluded getaway for relaxing.

Outdoor Living DIY: How to Build an Arbor | Artistic Pools Atlanta Georgia

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You can find arbor kits and plans at your local home improvement stores and online, allowing you to construct an arbor that suits your home and needs easily. Follow these simple steps on how to build an arbor for your backyard.

  1. First, you will want to determine the style of the arbor to suit your style and home. Do you want a focal point in an Asian influenced Zen garden? Would you prefer a traditional arbor that frames a walkway or one that provides a cozy nook away from the elements? Do you want something contemporary or rustic? Making these decisions will also help you determine the materials you will use. For rustic or traditional arbors you may be able to use reclaimed materials or metal hoops that can make construction much less expensive than using new wood.
  2. Once you have decided on the style and design of your arbor, decide where you will be constructing it. Measure the area and determine the dimensions needed. It is always better to measure twice and cut once! Make sure you consider height as well as width and depth. An arbor that is not tall enough will not provide enjoyment if you have to stoop to enter. An arbor that is too tall will look disproportionate in the area. If you determine your space isn’t adequate, you may need to re-evaluate your plans.
  3. Next, prepare the area. Make sure you have a level area and create anchor points to keep your arbor secure. Based on the design you can pour a small foundation, sink timbers in post holes, or secure hoops with sunken rebar.
  4. Now, you can assemble your arbor. Double check to make sure you have all the required materials and equipment and follow the plans to ensure a beautiful and sturdy end result.

Once the basic arbor is completed you can add your “options”. You can add a free standing bench if one is not built in, plant climbing vines to provide additional coverage, or add wind chimes or other accents for whimsy.

Pool Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

As a homeowner, you are always looking for the next great way to add ambience and beauty to your home. You spend countless hours choosing the right colors for your walls and you meticulously care for your flooring, so it would seem only natural for you to spend the same amount of time working in your yard. Your landscaping is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your home, and it is also the first thing that you will notice when you walk outdoors. With this in mind, here are a few ideas about landscaping your backyard and your swimming pool area.

Hopefully these pool landscaping ideas will inspire you to reach new heights with your backyard living environment!

First, we all understand that the sun is not always kind to our bushes or trees. Our climate’s high temperatures and lack of rain can really wreak havoc on vegetation, but there are a few things you can do to remedy this issue. Have you considered installing a sprinkler system? This is a great way to add hydration to your yard and to make sure that the sun does not destroy all that you have worked so hard to create. 

pool landscaping ideas

Natural stone is a great way to add boundaries and beauty to your yard. A great idea for your swimming pool area would be a natural stone water feature. Prune off any branches that might be lurking near the baseline of the pool with the help of professionals from TreeQuote. This might sound complicated but it really only requires the right materials and some experienced helpers from the aforementioned company.

Vegetation is always a good thing to have in your yard. Why not embrace the heat, and the area that we love, by installing region specific plants, such as succulents? These types of plants do not require a large amount of water and offer a great color for your yard. If this is not something you would like, take a walk on the wild side and add a few palm trees.