Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Louvered Pergola


Your new pergola is on the way, and the expert team at Pergolas By Julie looking forward to transforming your backyard into the ultimate outdoor sanctuary. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you when you choose to work with us when creating your dream outdoor living space.

1. Delivery, Inventory, and Organization:

When your pergola arrives, it will be meticulously packaged in protective boxes. Our experienced team will carefully unpack, count, and organize the components, including posts, beams, and accessories. This preparation ensures a smooth and efficient installation process.

2. Freestanding, Wall Mount, or Roof Mount?

The next step depends on your design choice. If you’ve chosen a freestanding pergola, you can skip ahead. However, for those opting for a wall-mounted design, we will measure and attach a ledger strip to your home’s stud walls. This ledger becomes the crucial support for the mounted beam on your house. If your design includes roof mounts, rest assured that we’ll expertly space these and securely bolt them directly to the roof rafters, set back from your gutters.

3. Framing:

Now it’s time to position your first and second posts, ensuring they have the necessary beam support, and securely fastening them together. Repeat this process for all sides of your pergola. We’ll also ensure that the pergola beams are perfectly squared, and the posts are plumb, so your pergola is not only beautiful but also structurally sound.

4. Add the Gutters:

Gutters play a crucial role in managing rainwater. We’ll add these to your pergola to ensure that your outdoor space remains comfortable and dry, even during unexpected showers.

5. Add Perimeter Lighting or Spot Lights:

If you’ve ordered perimeter lighting, we’ve got you covered. These LED’s sit just above the inside gutters to allow light to be directly either up or down.  Our spotlights come pre-installed in the beams for a seamless, well-lit outdoor experience that enhances both ambiance and functionality.

6. Fasten the Anchors:

To guarantee stability, we’ll fasten the anchors to the footings once we’ve double-checked again that everything is square and plumb. Your pergola will stand firm in all normal conditions.

7. Add Louvers and Louver Lights:

The heart of your louvered pergola, the louvers and louver lights, will be carefully installed to provide you with control over shade and ambiance. Your outdoor room is taking shape and now has a opening roof!

8. Add Other Accessories:

Depending on your preferences, we can add additional accessories like screens, speakers, and heaters to make your outdoor room truly unique and functional. Your vision is our mission.

9. Program and Test:

Before we conclude, we ensure that all the components are programmed and working correctly. We take pride in delivering a pergola that’s not only beautiful but also functional and ready for you to enjoy.


As you embark on this exciting journey to create your perfect outdoor room, we encourage you to reach out to Pergolas By Julie with any specific questions or concerns you may have before the installation day. We’re here to make your dream outdoor space a reality, and our team is ready to assist you every step of the way. Get ready to transform your backyard into a beautiful, functional, and inviting oasis that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Contact us today to get started! Your year-round outdoor room is just around the corner.