before pergola installation

Wood pergola before being torn down.

A conventional wooden pergola kit on the property was an eye sore to the homeowners but they want to enjoy shade in the backyard close to the house. Conventional solid wood pergolas use nails, glue, hangers and/or other unsightly hardware. The beauty of old world timber frame, particularly with the Western Timber Frame™ patent-pending design, The Dovetail Difference™ connection system creates a masterpiece shade structure that virtually eliminates all unsightly hardware.

The homeowners chose a free standing 6000 Series ShadeScape™ DIY pergola kit. The ShadeScape™ pergola is Douglas fir featuring a 14′ x 18 roof, 11′ 8″ x 16′ footprint (post-to-post), Roosevelt style beam and rafter end profiles, TimberVolt™ Dragon power post, and finished in a premium, high-grade UV protective Early American timber stain.

Enjoy the pictures of before and after.


Here are some of the pictures they showed us that bothered the homeowners on the previous pergola.

old pergola with footing
old pergola
old pergola
old pergola
conventional chainsaw joint


diagram of dovetail difference
roosevelt beam rafter
diy pergola kit shade

Pictured on the far left is the TimberVolt™ Dragon Power post. The TimberVolt™ Dragon post is drilled with one lightswitch and one GFCI outlet. The Dragon comes all pre-wired with about a 5′ male plug at the bottom, one GFI plug for your protection, one switch and one 6″ Female plug coming out of the top. Both cords come through the metal cover and both the GFI plugs and switch come with a weather cover protector.

patio shade pergola kit
the dovetail difference with no hangers

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