A few weeks ago we finished a very nice pergola just outside Oxford.
Our clients didn’t want it to look too heavy and so we designed it with a slight curve to the underside of the beams. This gives a much lighter feel to the pergola.
We used traditional oak pegged mortice and tenon joints for all of the braces. The timber was green oak with a few month’s seasoning – just enough to protect it from the surface drying out too quickly. Although it has only just been completed the clients had already trained the wisteria up the pergola.