I am so excited to be sharing the plans for a SIMPLE DIY arbor today. This project has been a long time coming and I am glad it is finally done!
Last summer this is what you would see when you came up my driveway.
I like lattice, but this just seemed too busy and too much for this area. So, down it came and I went with straight lines. Much more my taste. If you’ve been around for a while you know I am big into stripes so this fits the bill.
My other gripe was the giant open section of grass to the right of the deck. It is an area where we spend a lot of time during the summer roasting marshmallows and hanging out. The openness to the driveway just didn’t give us enough privacy.
I thought that extending my “stripes” would give just the right amount of separation.
I started by adding two posts in line with my existing deck. You see three in the photo because the last was to be the beginning of an arbor. The arbor still happened don’t worry, it just didn’t end up in line with the fence.
I lined up the 1×6 boards with the existing ones, shooting them into place with my Ryobi nail gun. Then, I finally had my fence.
I couldn’t wait to add an arbor to this area to direct friends to a walking path instead of having them step through my sad little plants because they weren’t quite sure where to go. Sidenote: If my sad little evergreens would grow big and tall like they are supposed to, this wouldn’t be an issue!
When BuildSomething.com reached out to me to pair up on a sponsored project, I knew this was what I wanted to finally knock off my list. I am so lucky that I can have the opportunity to create plans for a project and actually get paid for it!
If you aren’t familiar with Buildsomething.com, it is Kreg Tool Company’s DIY project planning site and they have a lot of plans for you to browse through.
After many design ideas, I finally landed on this.
I wanted something that did not have complicated cuts and fancy angles. I like to build things that other people can actually do without too much stress. The building took me one afternoon but those footings, man oh man were those a pain!
Ways to Anchor Posts
I thought I was saving myself some headaches by using post anchors, I was wrong.
Having tried them, I would probably opt for concrete or just placing the posts in the ground next time.
The post anchors are tough to position correctly because they move as you hammer them into the ground. They also twist if you hit something like a large rock or tree root. I thought they would be convenient and make this project easier, but they actually made it a little more difficult.
They would be great for a mailbox or a single replacement post, but trying to square an arbor with 4 twisting post anchors isn’t my idea of a good time.
Bob Vila has some great tips on setting posts, you can find them here.
You can also learn all about setting posts in concrete at the Quikrete site.
If you would like to see just how to build this arbor, head on over to BuildSomething.com and get building.
Well, I’m off to buy some clematis and do some other landscaping to spruce up this area. What is your favorite climbing flower to use on an arbor?