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half circle pergola designs

Some half and quarter circle pergola designs use rafters of different lengths to create the curved look.

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.

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Raised Garden Bed Hardware

Powder coated ornamental hardware will keep your project sturdy and beautiful without leaching chemicals into the soil.

 

I have an aunt who used to follow a yearly tradition. Every spring, she’d spend a few days planting an herb garden in her backyard. Then, over the weeks that followed, she’d watch every last one of those plants wither. That’s not an unusual occurrence for gardeners. There’s no guarantee that your backyard is going to have soil that’s good enough to nurture young plants. In fact, I’ve been hearing that in places like Brooklyn, the soil is actually contaminated with lead and other metals. For situations like that, a raised bed is a must. My relative didn’t have any issues that severe, but she still chose to go with a raised garden bed, which is a simple way of improving your gardening prospects.

A raised bed is simple because most people can complete it in an afternoon. It’s essentially a wooden box that you can fill with good soil to build your garden. While this is an easy project, it’s also one that I see a lot of people make mistakes on. That’s because it’s easy to use the wrong materials. The goal of a raised garden bed is to create a gardening spot when your yard doesn’t support gardening. But if the wood you use to build it rots, or the hardware you fasten your wood with corrodes into the soil, it’s not going to work. That’s why, in my opinion, the biggest challenge in building a bed isn’t the actual building of it. It’s choosing the right raised garden bed hardware. But before you choose the hardware, you need to pick a design.

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Gazebo Ideas for Hot Tubs

A gazebo or pergola over a hot tub can make it a private, relaxing place to spend time.

Awhile back, I was floating around in a friend’s outdoor hot tub, and I saw that he and his wife had a problem. The wind was heavy, leaves kept falling into the water and they were worried the debris would wind up clogging their filter. It turns out they had been brainstorming gazebo ideas for hot tubs that would help solve this problem by giving their tub a bit more protection and them a bit more privacy. And I can understand this–hot tubs and gazebos just seem designed to work together. When my friends finally took the plunge and added one, it turned their hot tub area into something more like an outdoor spa, and gave the whole look of the home an upgrade (and, they’re hoping, gave the property value a boost, too).

Not only does a gazebo provide privacy, it also keeps dirt, debris, and rain from falling into your hot tub, which will help it last longer. It’s a structure that allows you to get use out of your hot tub year-round, even on rainy or cold days, as it protects you from the elements. With the right gazebo design and high-quality, corrosion-resistant hardware, you can extend the life of your hot tub and gazebo while increasing your property’s overall beauty–and value. Here’s what I learned from helping out my friends with their project.

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add a pergola to a deck

If you choose to add a pergola to your deck you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before and during the project.

This past spring, my wife and I made the decision to transform our backyard into a more welcoming, aesthetically-pleasing environment that we could both enjoy and use for entertaining. In fact, it has been part of a larger DIY home improvement project that I’ve mentioned in a few other articles on the topics such as choosing decorative metal brackets for wood beams and how to choose between a gazebo and a pergola.

So in one portion of the yard, we built a deck, but quickly realized that it would need something else, something more, particularly when it came to providing shade. At first, we bought a nice outdoor set with a table, chairs and umbrella. But we live near the coast, so we see strong winds on a frequent basis. As a result, it took about a week before that umbrella turned into a sail, toppling the table and causing the glass table top to shatter. It was clear that we’d need something more sturdy.

We went online to get inspiration and we ultimately decided that we’d build a pergola. Of course, I found that this task is one that’s much easier said than done. And there were a few lessons that I learned the hard way. So what considerations should you keep in mind when you add a pergola to a deck?

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decorative metal brackets for wood beams

Decorative metal brackets can take your pergola from plain to stylish.

The pergola is the crowning feature of many backyard gardens. It gives your yard presence and a naturally beautiful area to relax and socialize in. On a summer day, it may even be your favorite thing about your home.

Recently, while at a regular client’s house doing some deck work, I noticed that the connectors and ties on his pergola were stainless steel. The hardware looked unsightly, standing out like a sore thumb compared to his wood deck accented in black iron. He had been worried about using weak decorative ties on his pergola and didn’t want to use hardware that would look nice for a season or two, but then need replacing once the bad weather rolled around. I gave him a pat on the back before mentioning, “You really ought to give me a call before a big project like this, buddy. It’s what I’m here for.”

See, there are indeed decorative black iron connectors and ties that are strong, durable, weather-resistant—and would have tied in perfectly with his deck, no pun intended. In fact, there’s a wide selection of decorative hardware that you can use to build a beautiful pergola designed to stand up to the elements, year round. You just have to know what you’re looking for when you go searching for decorative metal brackets for wood beams to compliment your favorite outdoor space, your pergola.
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OWT-Lite
OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) 5″ Flush Outside 90° Ironwood Connectors are manufactured with hot-dipped galvanized heavy gauge steel and finished with a black powder coating providing superior corrosion resistance and ultimate strength. The OWT 5″ 90° Flush Outside Connectors offer pre-tapped holes for use with OWT Timber Bolts or OWT Timber Screws increasing versatility with optional added support for maximum holding strength. OWT 90° Flush Outside Ironwood Connectors are designed for use in roofs, pergolas, and rafting. Each project might require different sized OWT Timber Bolts to be used in place of or with OWT Timber Screws depending on the thickness of materials used and load-bearing needs. Please visit our full line-up of Specialty Fasteners including the OWT Timber Bolts, Screws, and Hex Cap Nuts. While all of our OWT Hardware is designed for exterior projects they are #OWTstanding for interior design, from architecture to furnishings. Looking for a matching Ironwood OWT Truss Accent Connectors offer the finishing touch to OWT’s Inside & Outside Angle Ties including the 90° Flush Inside or Outside, 45° Flush Inside or Outside, “T” Tie Plate and Butt Joint Flush.

REQUIRED & SOLD SEPARATELY:

OWT Timber Bolts / Timber Screws / Hex Cap Nuts

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OWT-Lite
OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) 4″ Flush Outside 90° Ironwood Connectors are manufactured with hot dipped galvanized heavy gauge steel and finished with a black powder coating providing superior corrosion resistance and ultimate strength. The OWT 4″ 90° Flush Outside Connectors offer pre-tapped holes for use with OWT Timber Bolts or OWT Timber Screws increasing versatility with optional added support for maximum holding strength. OWT 90° Flush Outside Ironwood Connectors are designed for use in roofs, pergolas, and rafting. Each project might require different sized OWT Timber Bolts to be used in place of or with OWT Timber Screws depending on thickness of materials used and load bearing needs. Please visit our full line-up of Specialty Fasteners including the OWT Timber Bolts, Screws, and Hex Cap Nuts. While all of our OWT Hardware is designed for exterior projects they are #OWTstanding for interior design, from architecture to furnishings. Looking for a matching Ironwood OWT Truss Accent Connectors offer the finishing touch to OWT’s Inside & Outside Angle Ties including the 90° Flush Inside or Outside, 45° Flush Inside or Outside, “T” Tie Plate and Butt Joint Flush.

REQUIRED & SOLD SEPARATELY:

OWT Timber Bolts / Timber Screws / Hex Cap Nuts

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ARCHITECTURAL

Gables, Trusses, and Beams supported & constructed using OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) hardware.

Mailbox Project Plans

Add a unique touch and curbside appeal to your yard by building your very own mailbox post! Not only do we offer two stylish mailbox project plans, but they are designed according to the US postal service mailbox specifications, so each will work perfectly with just about any mailbox. Now your biggest decision will be what style of plans and hardware will you choose? Take your pick, build it and enjoy!

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Multipurpose Spaces and structures Project Plans

Every backyard or gathering space can be fully utilized by building multipurpose structures. Whether it is a Deck and Pergola combination to create a solid usable space and shade. Or perhaps you have an area by the pool that would be better-taken advantage of with a Cabana or Pool Equipment Shed off of a Covered Patio area for plants and to gather under for parties. Maybe you are in need of both a covered area for rainy days and just a bit shade on the sunny ones, our Pergola Pavilion combo structures are just what you are looking for.

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