Popular DIYer Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood is back again to build another amazing pergola, this time using Outdoor Accents Mission Collection decorative hardware. This collection gives a touch of southwestern flair to your outdoor structure with the arched mission-style profile of post bases, straps and angles. Learn more below about her build and her experience using our hardware.
Today we’re featuring a new pergola Jen built using the Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents line.
Jen began by securing 6x6 posts to the concrete slab using Outdoor Accents post bases.She used the Outdoor Accents patented hex-head washer paired with the Outdoor Accents structural wood screw to securely attach the posts to the post bases. (It’s the only tested and approved solution for fastening Outdoor Accents post bases.) These connectors and fasteners from Simpson Strong-Tie offer a beautiful aesthetic and provide all the structural support she’ll need.
After the posts were in place, Jen moved on to installing the beams that would ultimately support the rafters and lattice. Jen used the T-straps from the Outdoor Accents Mission Collection to attach the post to the beam. Again, she screwed them in with the Outdoor Accents structural wood screw and hex-head washer combination. These structural screws don’t require predrilling and still drive in with ease. To ensure lasting strength, Jen installed the L-strap at the corners and T-straps on both sides of the post.
Once the posts and beams were secure, Jen installed the rafters. These span the whole length of this pergola and support the lattice. To secure the rafters to the beams, Jen used the APA 90°angles and attached them with Outdoor Accents 1 ½” screws. The angles will hold the rafters in place and upright. Jen installed the Outdoor Accents Mission Collection angles on both sides of the rafters. These Strong-Tie connectors make it so easy.
When the pergola structure was completed, Jen used ZAR® Premium Finishes Deck & Siding Semi-Transparent Stain to stain the pergola a rich brown color called Black Walnut. It’s an all-in-one stain and sealer that rejuvenates, conditions and protects new, old and pressure–treated wood. You can use a synthetic brush, roller or sprayer to apply the stain. Ideally, you would stain the parts before you build the pergola, but Jen’s tight timeline forced her to stain it after assembly.
These Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents parts are gorgeous, easy to work with, and provide all the structural support you’ll need. That’s why Jen continues to build her outdoor projects with Simpson Strong-Tie products, and why you should too!
You can check out Jen’s video below, where she discusses our Outdoor Accents Avant and Mission Collections that she’s used in her past builds!