A CRAFTY mum has revealed how she managed to make her own pergola spending just £223 of the £2.2k she was initially quoted.
Buying a pergola can be an expensive project if you hire professional landscapers – but one mum, Jasmine Gurney, 29, from Biggleswade, decided to take matters in her own hands and got crafty.
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THE 29-year-old managed to build the pergola all whilst pregnantCredit: LatestDeals.co.uk
The mum-of-one, who also shares content on YouTube as Jasmine Gurney Oh Abode, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk that she had wanted to turn her patio into a usable, sheltered space.
However, after being quoted a whopping £2,200 for parts and labour, Jasmine, though pregnant at the time, began working on the project herself.
”Slatted panelling has been super popular over the last few years, with slatted fencing becoming the norm in modern garden design, so I took that concept and applied it to my pergola.
”You do not need planning permission if you’re building within 2 metres of your boundary and the pergola is a maximum of 2.5 metres high,” she warned.
According to the DIY fan, if it’s 2 metres away from your property, it needs to be a maximum of 2 metres high, and if it’s a pitched roof, you can only have one that’s a maximum of 4 metres high at the tip.
In terms of supplies, the 29-year-old picked up lumber, concrete, screws and paint which came to a total of just £233.
Whilst shopping at her local lumber yard, Jasmine also purchased four 4 bags of postcrete mix and a box of M6 100mm coach screws.
For this size of a pergola, Jasmine instructed, you will need need 2 x 100 by 100 fence posts (3 metres), 2 x 6 by 2 timber (3.6 metres), 3 x 6 by 2 timber (2.5 metres), and 22 x 2 x 1 timber (2.5 metres).
All of the timber was exterior grade C16, she added.
”The tools that I used – and that others will likely need for a similar project – were a tape measure, pencil, speed square, combo drill with hammer setting & Torx/Philips head screw bit, a pocket hole jig set.”
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Other tools needed include quick release clamps, a mitre or circular saw, a 7mm masonry drill and 6mm HSS/wood dowel drill bit, 7mm masonry rawl plugs and 1mm space washers.
You will also need a ladder, a spade, a meter spirit level, a sander and 120 grit sandpaper, a chop saw, and an angle grinder with a diamond tipped blade if you’re cutting patio slabs.
Last but not least, Jasmine added, the project also calls for a cut end preserver and paintbrush, shed and fence paint and possibly also wood filler.
To get started, the crafty mum marked the height on the wall in pencil and made sure the sides were square with the house.
She then marked out where the patio needed to be cut so she could dig holes and cement the poles in.
Once done, Jasmine marked the screw holes and used a circular saw to cut down the wood.
Jasmine reckoned the project was so easy, anyone could do itCredit: LatestDeals.co.uk
Jasmine then proceeded to dig a hole 40 cm deep and ensured it was 3 times the width of the post – this would leave you with 10cm of concrete on each side.
So she’d know the exact level at which to bury them, the mum also marked the 40cm on the posts.
To prevent any rotting, fungi or blue stains, Jasmine decided to cut all the ends and screw ends with timber cut end preserve.
At this point, Jasmine got to the postcrete – using two bags per post – and poured it in the hole.
Before she put the post in, Jasmine poured a bit in and mixed it with water, to create a concrete base.
Then the 29-year-old alternated adding concrete and water.
”I used a spirit level to ensure the posts were plumb, and I used a piece of wood to keep the post in place while the cement dried.”
Jasmine was then ready to pre-drill the holes on the back piece going on the wall, leaving gaps of 30cm along the plate with the two at the end being 15cm from the edges.
When she drilled the wood onto the wall the DIY fanatic used washers behind – this would give it some extra expansion space and also help to prevent rot.
Then the savvy mum got the front on, clamping the side pieces.
It’s a pretty straightforward project, that anyone can have a go at!”
”Clamps are great, they’re the second pair of hands you need for a job like this,” Jasmine chuckled.
Because the roof will be at an angle, Jasmine made sure to drill in the front piece first – lower than the back piece.
With the frame now secure, she trimmed down the posts and applied the wood end preserver, before sanding all the wood down.
‘’I used 21 slats for the roof and treated them before painting them with Cuprinol Ducksback in the shade Silver Copse.
”I painted them before fixing them to the pergola for convenience. I recommend applying two or three coats.
”Then the project was basically done.”
As at the time Jasmine was 26 weeks pregnant, it was a bit challenging lifting the limber and climbing ladders.
But despite the bump getting in the way here and there, the pergola was up and finished in one day.
”It’s a pretty straightforward project, that anyone can have a go at!”
Jasmine made huge savings after deciding to make the pergola herselfCredit: LatestDeals.co.uk