Front Porch Pergola

6 Materials
8 Weeks

The front of my house needed a drastic facelift and some curb appeal. I really disliked how plain it looked, so this is what I came up with. Staining the brick, adding fresh landscaping and a newly built front porch pergola really seemed to do the trick. Hope you enjoy!

These first two pictures are before. Very plain and unappealing.

Before: Pic 2

I used a semi-transparent concrete stain (English Brick) from Home Depot to give the brick some life again. Here is a side-by-side comparison of before and after.

Next couple of pictures are clearing the old landscaping and roots to drop the level of the dirt so the new patio stones will be flush with the existing sidewalk/driveway. I didn't want a step up or trip hazard.

Laying out and setting the 4x4 pressure treated pergola posts in concrete.

Posts set and assembled the remaining structure of the pergola all with PT lumber. I did a lot of research on how pergolas are constructed and designed mine to meet the size and layout that I desired. You will notice that I added the rear posts so I did not have to attach it to the house, therefore not having to worry about the loads. engineering and permitting that would be required. It's actually it's own stand alone structure.

Added paver base and leveling sand to prepare for the patio stones. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to prep, lay and set pavers.

  • Patio stones complete.
  • Stained pergola white after several weeks of letting the pressure treated lumber dry out.
  • Added furniture, plants and a swing I purchased on Amazon.
  • Added fabric shade canopy on top. Also Amazon.

Another angle.

Fresh landscaping. Even managed to get some grass to grow :-)


Before and after.

There are far too many materials to list below. Most came from Lowe's, with a 10% off coupon and $75 to have everything delivered to your house. Very convenient! If you have any questions about a specific item, just ask.

Most of the work took about a week, working mostly on the weekend and a few evenings after work. I put 8 weeks because I waited a few weeks before painting it to let the pressure treated lumber dry out some. It's not a good idea to paint fresh PT wood immediately. Even though I used stain instead of paint I still waited awhile. A good rule of thumb is checking PT lumber by spraying water on it and checking for absorption before painting. It should be very dry.

Thanks for looking :-)

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  • And49627825 And49627825 on Jul 25, 2021

    Did you have to get a building permit for this project

  • Ann Doughty Bosche Ann Doughty Bosche on Jul 25, 2021

    I LOVE it! Great job! One question....where can I find red pots like you have in the before pictures. I love those also.

  • Suze Suze on Jul 26, 2021

    very pretty! but posts, even pressure-treated, should not be set in concrete cuz it accelerates rotting of the wood. or did you use a waterproof sleeve? still, i wish you years of enjoyment from your beautiful project.

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  • Bbunny Bbunny on Aug 04, 2021

    Love it! A white swing might be nice when you replace/repaint this one, but definitely add some colorful cushions to "cozy it up", perhaps using some of the colors in the dining chairs. Also, maybe add a larger chair on the "swing side" of the pergola with cushions and maybe a taller green plant toward the back and/or a hanging fern along the front. I like the white shutters myself. You can build me one anytime, but I want mine in the back please!