DIY Pergola-Style Balcony Millwork

Firstly, thanks so much for all the love on the bathroom reveal post! You guys are just the best.

I know it seems like things have been sitting stagnant at my parent’s house for a while, though there’s actually been quite a bit of progress I can’t wait to share!

Something that happened a few weeks back was the addition of some DIY pergola-style millwork to the underside of the new balcony.

Pergola Millwork

If you follow me socially (through Instagram or Facebook) you may have seen a snippet of this project already.

From the start I knew the balcony was going to be a bit of a design challenge due to the unusual way it over-hangs the angled roof.

Balcony Before

I get that counter-levered structures can look cool and modern, though something about the stark blockiness of this never really sat right with me, and it just didn’t suit the style of my parent’s more traditional house either.

So, I had this slightly unconventional idea to attach some chunky decorative timber to provide a bit of relief from the boxy lines and add some extra charm and character…and it actually worked!

DIY Pergola Brackets

My dad built all of the elements from inexpensive treated pine, stained them a warm cedar tone, then bolted them up there!

It was pretty easy, very affordable, and looks so much better (well, according to me)!

Before

Pergola Millwork

I know some of you will prefer the more modern appearance of the before but, like I said, it just didn’t quite suit the feel we were going for here.

DIY Pergola Style Mllwork

I’ll be back super soon to share some more of the progress we’ve made.

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Catch up on all of the other suite extension posts HERE.

 

Pergola DIY Before and After

 


32 Comments
  1. Leslie Wood says:

    Looks great Kristine! The wood really “softens” the modern line of the balcony and suits the style of the house.

  2. Joyce MacPherson says:

    I love the idea and the look! Goes to show how details matter.
    Nice job!

  3. Pat from New Jersey USA says:

    The new mill work looks great and I think the simplicity is in keeping with the style of the house. Dad did a great job. One question and I’m not trying to be nit picky or critical. The end mill work/brackets looks a little odd to me, like they should be placed closer to the end of the balcony. But this is just my initial impression. Looking forward to future updates as time permits.

    • Yes, I gave my dad a bit of a rough initial plan, expecting we would refine the overall style and placement before he actually built and mounted them, though the next time I visited the house they were already up there! He was adamant they were staying as is, so I just took a breath and said, “Well, it may not have been the way I would have done it, but it’s totally fine”. And it really is. Nothing worth getting too upset or annoyed about :)

  4. Mark Miller says:

    I totally agree with Pat from New Jersey. The only thing I differ slightly on are the the end corbels need a bit more heft. They aren’t the right proportion with the scale of the balcony

    • Yes, as per my reply to Pat, my dad went a little rogue on this (as he tends to do!) and just did this off his own bat – which is fair enough as it is his house after all. So, although it’s not done in quite the same way I would have done it, he’s happy with it and it’s totally okay :)

      • Lori says:

        I feel like this is the double-edged sword of having an idea that someone else executes. 😁 I’m with you on the deep breath and letting it go. It’s still such an awesome accent, and I’m going to go outside later and look hard at my own house. Almost the entire backside upstairs is cantilevered out a little over a foot and it’s always bothered me. Thanks for giving my eyeballs new options!

  5. Patricia says:

    That was a pretty genius idea!

  6. Deb from Maryland says:

    They add that touch of character needed. And – great job Dad!

  7. Diane says:

    I know it was just for style, but I love it because it makes the balcony seem more secure. And by extension they say this is a real functioning balcony, not just a superfluous add-on.

  8. Erin Zubot says:

    I love the new look, anytime you can add a tad bit of extra detail I’m all for it!

    • Thanks lovely. It’s always so nice and validating to hear from you :)

  9. Karen says:

    I love the added warmth. Really fantastic.

  10. Vikki says:

    You made the right decision and it looks great. Your Dad did such a good job on those!

  11. Lee Hynes says:

    great impact

  12. Elayne says:

    I would never have thought of that – but it looks great and makes the balcony look very classy. :) Great idea and result!

  13. Tina says:

    I love it!

  14. Cynthia says:

    OUTSTANDING, such a unique and simple idea that makes such a difference! You continue to AMAZE! :)

    Stay well!

  15. Jodi O'Rourke says:

    Love it! Reminds me of chalet architecture in Europe.

  16. Megan says:

    I think the wooden additions bring the two levels of he house together. Instead of the new balcony just being mid-air, it is now connected to the rest of the house. Looks great!

  17. Jenny says:

    Wow that looks amazing!! It certainly gives it that hamptons style look. Love it.

  18. I really love the positioning of the wood under the neath. It’s very attractive when you stare at it from the ground.

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