More and more clients are requesting personal touches for their backyard landscaping projects. In many cases, the design calls for the ever-popular garden accent piece known as the pergola to deliver on such wishes.

Whether you're just digging into the landscape arena or have worked on creating these outdoor spaces for years, it never hurts to take some pointers from another professional. Of course, veteran PSN editor Rebecca Robledo dug into this very issue last fall with her feature titled Arbor Day, which provides readers four tips to follow when designing and building arbors, trellises and pergolas.

In a recent feature for sister publication Professional Deck Builder, remodeler/deck builder and a member of the DeckExpo live-demonstration team, Mark Clement, takes it a step further with a blow by blow of the process behind building a custom cedar pergola.

Follow along as Clement describes the steps he takes to construct a structure from scratch, recounting everything from proportions and site selection to drainage/anchorage and girders/rafters. Read More