Pergolas as outdoor space architecture have become extremely popular. Thanks to great DIY tools and the popularity of HGTV and DIY Network on cable, this is a project that an experienced do-it-yourselfer can manage quite easily.

Scouring the Internet, I found several terrific how-tos for this project:

Be sure to check if you need a permit to add a structure to your house or property before you start.

Not all plans call for a construction adhesive, but if the plans you choose do try EcoGlue Extreme. It’s water-based with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) – so it’s earth-friendly and it works as well or better than solvent based adhesives.

Photographs by Christopher J. Vendetta