MOVING OFF THE GRID: SEASON 1, EPISODE 4
In this episode of Moving Off the Grid, we build a lean-to pergola on the side of our tiny house using leftover lumber from our house and pallet fence, plus some sheet metal we purchased from a scrapyard. The Sun was so intense during the summer, we had no choice but to build some kind of shade structure as quickly as possible, and this is what we came up with. We’re not saying this is the best way to build a pergola, but it’s simple, cheap, and it gets the job done. Apart from providing us with a shaded work area, it’s also great at collecting rainwater!
We had some nice lumber leftover from our tiny house and fence, so we decided to build a lean-to pergola with it.
We started by erecting four 5×8 wooden posts, evenly spaced, perfectly centered with the house.
This was the hardest part of the job. One of the post holes had to be redone six times to get it right.
Next, we cut our 2×6 beams to the length we needed, weather sealed them, and cleaned our metal panels for the roof.
We got the 2×8 sheets of corrugated steel from a scrapyard for $40.
Before screwing everything together, we simply set it all in place to make sure our measurements were accurate.
Since the metal panels are fairly light, we were able to get away with laying the 2×6 beams horizontally instead of vertically.
This made it much easier to secure them to the vertical posts.
All it took was a single screw through the center of each post.
We used wood blocks to raise the rear beams slightly to give the roof a little bit of a pitch.
Then it was simply a matter of putting up the metal roof.
We screwed the panels onto the beams using 1″ self-tapping metal roofing screws.
On the next episode of Moving Off the Grid, we install a pallet wood floor in our house. Stay tuned…