The first step of the process is the initial consultation, where the designer will take into account your specific needs. There are a number of considerations, such as weather protection, sunlight, positioning, size, materials and use. Is the pergola freestanding or are you looking to tie it in with the existing structure of your home? Depending on the complexity of the job, it may take time to agree on a design that suits your home and addresses your needs. Similarly, the size of the pergola is also a key factor, as the bigger the design and area, the more preparation required and the longer the build will take.
Council approval is an area that people sometimes forget to factor in. Approval times can vary, depending on the individual council and number of projects submitted for approval at that time. Whilst it may be a little as 2 weeks, in some cases, it can push out to 2-3 months before confirmation is received, so it is important to think about this when planning when you want the project to be completed. Once approval is granted, and before building can commence, there is also a process of soil preparation to ensure that the ground is stable and safe to build on.
For the majority of residential building companies, the Spring and Summer periods are the busiest, as a majority of people want their projects completed prior to Christmas and the holiday period. So, if you want to be enjoying Christmas lunch under your new pergola, you need to start planning well before. When the rain is pouring down, protection from the sun is the furthest thing from your mind but it’s the perfect time to start planning for your new outdoor area. Most companies shut down for a period over Christmas, if you leave it too late, you mind find your new project can’t be completed until the new year.
Who Should I Choose to Build my Pergola?
Once all the planning and permits are in place, it pays to only use a trusted, experienced company to ensure quality work and construction. Depending of the size of the pergola, the preparation and building process may only take 1-2 weeks when using an licensed company.
So if you are in the early stages of preparation for a pergola, it pays be as organised as possible to ensure the process is efficient as possible. As part of the development, you can further educate yourself by understanding the difference between a pergola and a patio.