Give Me Shelter, Sorta

If Monday's post didn't give you enough of a peek at the new pergola, today's post should more than satisfy your needs. 

Here she is in all her glory. 
Ok, I realize that sounds sarcastic, like we might not be happy with it, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. We love it and think it was definitely worth the wait.

The style of the pergola is very similar to our inspiration, originally posted here, with a great fishtail detail on both the horizontal support beams and the vertical decorative beams. The fishtail detail paired with the cedar support brackets really elevate the whole look and help to make it feel more special, if you will. 

The pergola is mostly made of pressure treated wood, but the brackets and fishtail cut support beams are cedar. Fortunately, everything will be unified once the whole pergola has been sanded, primed and painted.  

We've decided to stain the deck and stairs in a semi-transparent ebony stain. Obviously, it's a darker stain but because it's semi-transparent you can still see the grain of the wood. A friend recently used it on her privacy fence and I LOVED it. Here's to hoping it looks as good on our deck as it does on her fence. 

The final piece to this ever-lasting puzzle is the frosted polycarbonate roof that will be installed over our beautiful new pergola. To say I'm apprehensive would be an understatement. Not about the construction, per say, just the overall look. But, we wanted a weather resistant space that didn't compromise the natural light in the den. The frosted polycarbonate should do just that. We shall see. And then you shall see. 

until next time,