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Deck lights on the posts illuminate the pergola at night, and two ceiling fans keep it cool.  A pair of outdoor speakers connect to a stereo inside.

 

 

“For less than $1,000 we created the patio and pergola for the outdoor room. Then we added lighting, furniture, and accessories,” says Lillian, Creative Ideas designer.

 

 

When Sarah bought her first home, she was just as excited about sprucing up the backyard as she was about decorating the inside. Her big idea? Turn the plain concrete pad into a cozy spot for relaxing and entertaining. We suggested an overhead structure that allows light and doesn’t obstruct the view of the backyard from indoors.

 


Before

 

 

Working with Creative Ideas designer Lillian Martin, Sarah created a space that grants every wish on her list. The yellow and black stain colors let the pergola stand out from the home while still echoing the natural tones found in the wooded landscape. The area was covered with pavers, and pavers were used to create the stone bases for each pergola post. Hanging planters filled with yellow and white blooms accent the color scheme and add a hint of summer. And thanks to the warm climate and addition of ceiling fans, Sarah and her friends can enjoy the new outdoor room almost year-round.

 

 

“I can’t imagine living without the space,” Sarah says. “I use it almost every day. It’s become an extension of my home.”

 


Click here to watch how-to videos on installing a paver patio for your outdoor space.

 

 

The cocktail table and chairs are weather resistant, so Sarah doesn't have to haul her furniture outside.

A perfectly sized dining table doubles as a food station for Sarah's famous guacamole and margaritas.

Deck lights can be set to a timer when fun afternoons spill over into evening.

A tiered fountain plugs into a nearby outlet to add the peaceful sound of water for afternoon parties or tranquil nights under the stars.

 

 

Special Spigot
Hidden behind the lattice in the center of the pergola, a rain-catcher system harvests rain from the home’s gutters. Sarah uses the rain for watering nearby plants.

Rainwater Harvester: Build a water-catching system to recycle rainwater and save on utility bills.

STEP-BY-STEP

1. Use a hacksaw to cut a 4-inch-long section (A) and a 5-foot-long section from a PVC pipe. Screw on the clean-out plug (B) into the threaded end of the female adapter (C). Insert one end of the 4-inch pipe section (A) into the unthreaded end of the female adapter.

2. Insert the 4- x 2-inch bushing (D) into the 6- x 4-inch bushing (E). Insert the bushings into the side opening of the PVC tee (F).

3. Thread a 1/2-inch hose bibb (G) into the 2- x 1/2-inch bushing (H), and insert into the larger bushing assembly.

4. Insert the 5-foot pipe section (I) into the top of the PVC tee (F). Insert the pipe assembly created in Step 1 into the other end of the PVC tee (F). Fit the open end of the assembly under the gutter downspout to catch rainwater.

Note: Apply PVC primer and PVC cement when joining PVC pipes and parts together.

 

 

What a Great Idea!

Sarah painted wooden window boxes and turned them into hanging planters. To create your own, first drill pilot holes 6 inches in from each top corner of the window box, and then attach screw-in cup hooks. Attach two swag hooks 18 inches apart on a pergola beam, and hang the planter from cut pieces of chain attached from the swag hooks to the cup hooks on the planter.

 

           

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  • Cost estimate: $3,110*
  • Time estimate: 1 week**
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Lumber: $485
    • 4 treated boards, 2 x 4 x 8***
    • 8 treated boards, 2 x 8 x 10***
    • 18 treated boards, 2 x 8 x 12***
    • 4 treated boards, 2 x 12 x 8***
    • 16 treated boards, 4 x 4 x 10***
    • 1 sheet of lattice, 3∕8-inch x 4- x 8-foot***
  • Hardware: $230
    • 1 box of (1/2-13 x 9-inch) galvanized carriage bolts
    • 5 packages of (3/8- x 6-inch) galvanized lag screws
    • 1 box of (2 1/2-inch) deck screws
    • 2 packages of (3/8-inch) galvanized washers
    • 1 package of (1/2-inch) galvanized nuts
    • 16 (1/2-inch) galvanized washers
  • Stain: $100
    • Stain (Cabot PRO.V.T. Solid Color Acrylic Stain, Cavalry)
    • Stain (Cabot PRO.V.T. Solid Color Acrylic Stain, Dark Slate)
  • Pavers: $145
    • Pavers (6- x 6-inch, Countryside, Tan/Brown, #292605)
    • Pavers (2- x 8-inch, Harvard, Red/Charcoal/Tan, #287158)
  • Lighting and Electrical: $420
    • 2 ceiling fans (52-inch, #98417)
    • 1 (6-pack) deck lights (#290118)
    • Outdoor speakers (#248223)
    • Speaker wire (#303112)
  • Outdoor Accessories: $1,510
    • Bistro set with cushions (3-piece set, Fenway, #143697)
    • Dining table (Key Largo, #144194)
    • Woven stackable chairs (Key Largo, #144198)
    • Indoor/outdoor rug (Balta, Brown, #26077)
    • Outdoor pillows (Sunbrella, Pacific Blue, #112686)
    • Fountain (Seville, #203095)
    • 4 planters (13 3/4-inch, Tokyo, #8340)
    • 1 planter (11-inch, Tokyo, #7969)
    • 2 saucers (13 3/4-inch, Tokyo, #136841)
    • 1 (8-inch) chocolate terra-cotta planter
  • Rain Catcher: $125
    • 1 PVC pipe (6-inch x 10-foot, #86806)
    • 1 PVC clean-out plugs (6-inch, #53292)
    • 1 PVC female adapter (6-inch, #44863)
    • 1 PVC sanitary tee (6-inch, #53339)
    • 1 PVC bushing (6- x 4-inch, #23411)
    • 1 PVC bushing (4- x 2-inch, #23314)
    • 1 PVC bushing (2- x 1/2-inch, #51013)
    • 1 hose bibb (1/2-inch, #21515)
    • Primer (#23778)
    • PVC cement (#23464)
  • Hanging Planters: $95 (for 2)
    • 2 window boxes (30-inch, #25665)
    • Flowerpot chain (#149862)
    • 1 box of cup hooks (1 1/4-inch, #99936)
    • 4 swag hooks (#149794)
    • Spray paint (Rust-Oleum, Black, #54952)
    • *Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools and plants. Pricing for commodity items may vary due to market conditions.
    • **Does not include lead time for Special Order materials.
    • ***Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.
  • Lowe’s Installation Available
    • Lowe’s can provide guaranteed professional installation of outdoor lighting and ceiling fans.