I had this hankering for a pergola. We have a granite set of stairs that goes to a "porch to no where". Oringinally this had been an entrance into the kitchen of our home. I change the configuration and felt this would be a perfect place to watch the world go by............ I love redwood and cedar. The pergola cross beams are redwood, the columns are tapered and covered with hand cut cedar shingles. As you can see, after a long hot day of yard work, the swing is a refuge!