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Building an arbor is not a simple task. It will take at least a full weekend to complete the job and plenty of serious power tools to attach the parts together. If you are an avid DIY-er, then building an arbor as a backyard project is most certainly possible; however, if not, then you might want to ask for the assistance of a professional to help you install your dream garden entrance way. Also, make sure your property management company approves.

Choosing your Garden Arbor

First things first, what kind of arbor do you want to build? Are you looking for an entrance way to a garden or walkway? Are you looking for an arbor that allows you to sit under it and enjoy the shade? Do you want a simple arbor made out of steel where flowers are easily grow in and out or are you looking for a more durable arbor made out of a high quality timber? Do you want your arbor to be covered in vines and other plant life or are you looking for an arbor that looks best on its own?

One of the best ways to build an arbor is to look online for design plans. Construct your arbor on your favorite and most suitable plan on the internet. You can get step by step instructions for all different types of garden arbors or trellis, whether you are looking for a gazebo type arbor or a standard garden entrance arbor.

If you are renting your house you also need to get permission from your landlord. Your landlord will most likely not have a problem with it, as long as you do a professional job and as long as the arbor is not breaking any council codes. He may even have some tips and hints as to where to place the arbor and what type to design.

If your landlord is not happy with the idea of constructing a backyard arbor, then he may not have a problem with a simple archway or trellis which are smaller and portable garden fixtures. You can purchase these items at any garden or home ware store and can take it down when you move. This is often the better choice for renters anyway.

Constructing a Timber Arbor

Larger arbors and gazebos and often constructed out of timber. When building a larger arbor that acts as a shaded patio as well as the perfect addition to your garden, you will need to work with concrete and timber.

You will first need to seal the concrete and let it dry which will take up to 24 hours. Once the sealer is dry, you can construct the poles or posts out of timber. You will probably need a jigsaw, a power saw or a hand saw to shade the timber into posts. Then you will need to dig the holes to put the poles in. To anchor the poles you will need to pour concrete around the hole and, again, let the posts dry before moving on to the next step.

A larger garden arbor will have more than just the standard posts and will most likely also have tie beams as well as cross beams for a roof. You will need to use the same steps for the tie beams and the cross beams as above. When building an arbor of this caliber, it is best to work with a team to help you hold the poles in place. It is also important to work off a blueprint and step by step instructions to ensure that everything is sturdy, secure and safe.

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