Los Angeles wooden arbor, pergola, patio cover, fence, deck, driveway gate, entry gate, garden gate, tree house and play house designer and builder.

Peter A. Kirsch-Korff

Wood Arbors, Decks, Fences & Gates - Builder

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Wooden Garden Arbor Pergola Patio Cover Builder - Los Angeles Pasadena 
Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Set Column Bases      Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Set Posts      Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Vertical Supports      Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Notched Beams       Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Mian Cross Beams Installed

Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Cross Rafters Installed      Pasadena / Los Angeles Wood Garden Arbor - Unpainted      Redwood Garden Arbor - Pasadena

How To Build A Garden Arbor In 5 Days

Many of my first time clients are very surprised by how fast I build their project once I am on site. Since I work on one job at a time, a 5 day project usually takes 5 consecutive days from start to finish. -- especially if most of their experience is with contractors who move a crew around several jobs and end up taking a month to complete a project that only requires 40 to 80 hours of work.

To give you an idea of how I build, as well as how quickly, here is an example of how I built a redwood garden arbor in Pasadena, California over five days. This free standing garden arbor is approximately 12 feet long by 12 feet wide and 9 feet high.



Day One & Two


Set Column Bases

I set up my tools and mark out the post positions. Next, I dig holes for the four support posts and fill with them with concrete. Then I insert steel column bases (also known as stirrups) and let the concrete harden for 24 hours.

Set Column Bases for a Wood Garden Arbor - Pasadena / Los Angeles, CA


Day Two


Set Posts

After hand selecting all the materials I unload them at the site. Next, I install the vertical support posts and soak the bottom of each with preservative.

Set Posts for a Redwood Garden Arbor - Pasadena / Los Angeles area


Day Three


Create Vertical Supports

Next, I create decorative notched cross pieces that will provide support for the overhead structure.

Pasadena / Los Angeles Redwood Arbor - Vertical Supports


Day Three


Notch Beams

I notch the beams for added strength and visual appeal. Then I attach them with heavy duty screws and structural adhesive.

Notched Beams for a Red Wood Garden Arbor - Pasadena / Los Angeles


Day Three


Install Main Cross Beams

At the end of the day I install the first two main cross beams.

 Main Cross Beams Installed for a Los Angeles Wood Arbor - Pasadena, CA



Day Four


Install Cross Rafters

Today I install the other two main beams to create a square frame for the rafters. Then I cut the rafter ends using a simple decorative pattern and start installing them.

Cross Rafters Installed - Los Angeles Wood Arbor



Day Five


Box Posts

I finish installing all the rafters and add box trim to the bottom of each post to complete the arbor. After cleaning up the site and packing up my tools, my client and I do a walk thru and I present the bill.

Custom Redwood Arbor Built in Pasadena / Los Angeles area


A Few Weeks Later

After the wood has dried and seasoned, it is ready for painting. The Educated Painters of Pasadena do a great job and the arbor is ready to enjoy.

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Free Standing Redwood Garden Arbor - Pasadena / Los Angeles, CA



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