This project started as a simple patio cover that we intended to extend into the backyard aswell as out to the side. After communicating with the city during the permit process, we discovered that extending the roof from the side of the house was not an option. So I suggested we add an arbor that wouldn’t actually be attached to the house and therefore, perfectly legal. Personally, I think it gives it even that much more character.
We started by tearing out the old concrete so that it could be extended and reinforced to adequately support the weight of the new structure. Most cities require concrete piers at least 36″ deep directly below the posts; so that’s what we did.
After the structure was complete, we installed a stained tongue and groove cedar ceiling with LED recessed lights. On each post, we added additional lighting for the yard.
To combat the Texas heat, we installed oscillating fans on either side. These types of fans seem to work much better in this type of application to not only move air around, but to also reduce mosquitoes.