The real challenge, though, came in designing the porch's walls. For a cleaner look, we were going to build frames for the screening inside the columns, instead of between them. Then we got inspired by French doors I bought to replace the dining room windows. Bruce had rightly mocked me for getting ones with sliding screens when they'd be surrounded by a screened-in porch. But then we thought, "Wouldn't it be cool to use these instead of stationary screens?" Now a single 4-foot sliding screen opens onto the pergola, and two 3-foot ones open onto a walkway to the backyard.
Then we finished constructing the pergola, creating the upper latticework from pressure-treated 2x4s cut down the middle.