I knew I wanted this pergola to be simple, streamlined, and strong enough to carry the weight of the swing, even if the swing had adults on it.
Designing it with SketchUp turned out to be quite successful, but I had to know what I was going to do before I did it. So Max (4 Elements Gardens) and I decided on 6×6″ posts and beams and brackets, and 2×2″ cross slats.
This gave me the ability to create a perfect arc and then measure each cross slat precisely, making the cutting relatively easy. This image doesn’t show all the measurements, because with them all there, the image looks just a little busy!
Looking forward to designing more pergolas with SketchUp.