I have a good friend who recently moved into a new house which already had a half circle, curved pergola in the backyard, and it is not exaggerating too much to say that she is obsessed with this pergola. It makes the yard look more elegant, and it creates an outdoor space which is perfect for sitting with a cocktail or a beer. If you want a unique structure in your yard or entryway, you may want to think outside the box–literally. While a standard square pergola looks nice as well, a half circle design is a fun update on the traditional. It’s not as simple to build as a standard pergola, but if you’re an experienced DIYer, it can be an interesting and ultimately satisfying project.
You have a lot of options in creating a half circle pergola. You can use bent wood, or you can create the optical illusion of curves with strategically cut and placed rafters and beams. Half circle shapes make great pergolas for the front of the house, particularly for entryways that are small or unusually shaped. They’re also great for setting off properties with gabled features. If you’re convinced that you need a half circle pergola, this is what you need to know about building one.
A half circle pergola isn’t just one specific design. The term is used to refer to all kinds of pergolas that use curves to add a bit of interest to a normally straightforward structure. The difficulty level and expense can vary quite a bit as well. Here are a few basic half circle-type pergola designs, as well as the best uses and locations for each:
While half circle pergola designs can be eye-catching, like multi-level pergola designs, they’re a bit more complex to build than typical pergolas. You’ll need to make some adjustments if you’re working off a rectangular design plan, and there’s a lot more measuring and cutting to consider. If you’re a pergola novice, you’re best off working with a plan that you don’t need to alter, or getting the assistance of a more experienced DIYer. Here are some of the important things to keep in mind.
Most of the complexity, when it comes to creating a half circle pergola is due to the roof, but there are also other considerations to think about. When you’re building your half circle pergola, don’t forget that:
The most important part of your pergola design is going to be your blueprint or plan. You can adapt a circular pergola plan or a standard pergola plan or create your own. Just keep in mind that the measurements get a bit more complex with circular and half circle pergolas as your rafter sizes are going to vary and you may be working with curved beams. You’re also going to need strong, adaptable hardware to manage your rafter support as well.
When I need hardware that is super tough but also looks great, I turn to OZCO, and I told my friend that if her precious pergola’s hardware ever fails (and it’s your basic galvanized stuff, so it may wear out pretty soon), OZCO is the place to go. They make hardware that is both strong and attractive, so you can hold your beams and rafters in place and add a bit of flair. Their ornamental wood ties are thick, hot dipped galvanized steel that’s also coated with a high-quality black powder coating to protect against UV rays and corrosion. This makes their hardware both uniquely attractive and tougher than anything else I’ve used so far. OZCO has plans for all kinds of pergola designs, so if you’re planning on building a pergola you can find out what materials you need before you start, so you can build a pergola that you, too, will be obsessed over.