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Old 04-09-2012, 04:27 PM
 
Location: I'm gettin' there
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I am thinking of doing a DIY pergola. Anyone done that before ? It looks like its going to cost me 4-5K to get a decent size one, so thinking DIY.

Usual concerns....
Does it add value to the home ?
Any permit required ? Will my taxes increase ?

I am a Town of Islip resident.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:48 AM
 
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I put one up. It's a 2 person job with some of the parts that have to be lifted, but the kit I purchased was very easy to assemble. I'm sure it adds a degree of value, and I'm sure the town you live in would be interested in the structure, but it's up to you if you want to go through 'official' routes for the pergola. I just put mine up in the back yard, I wasn't in the mood to have yet another poor dealing with the town for an open air structure.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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I think if it's free standing it's not taxable. I could be wrong though.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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bump.....

I got estimates for the DIY project and its going to be a 12x24 pergola.
2 (two) 12x12 pergolas standing side by side and the materials are costing me around $1K.
Hopefully I can finish it this summer.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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Sheds don't add taxable sqft correct? I would think it's the same thing.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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Depends on the sq footage.



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Sheds don't add taxable sqft correct? I would think it's the same thing.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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If you are questioning it there is a good chance it is taxable. Just saying that seems to be a good rule of thumb. Mind you not an intelligent response but we are dealing with Long Island and taxes therefore in my book intelligence goes out the window.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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(said in an airy voice) if you build it, they will tax.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I called up the Town, no tax increase for pergola, but you need a permit though. $200 + .35 per sq ft.

I have a technical question hopefully someone can answer...

My backyard faces South, do you know which direction is the best for the slats (for shade) that go on the top ? I have no shade on my patio from 1 pm through sunset if that helps.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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I called up the Town, no tax increase for pergola, but you need a permit though. $200 + .35 per sq ft.

I have a technical question hopefully someone can answer...

My backyard faces South, do you know which direction is the best for the slats (for shade) that go on the top ? I have no shade on my patio from 1 pm through sunset if that helps.
From east to west sounds like the logical answer but, you may have to space the rafters close to achieve the mosy shade
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