The greatest deterrent to building good pergolas are the high costs. The cost of building a pergola can be greatly reduced to a great extent by following a few simple tips. The size and purpose of building the pergola must be considered first, then buy a plan witha list of materials needed to build the pergola. The material can be purchased fro hardware stores. Supplying these supplies to a local building professional can help save a lot of money in building the right pergola. This is a great alternative for those who cannot build their own pergola.