Few things add as much to a backyard haven as a garden bridge, and so much the better if, every time you look at it, you feel the pride of having built it yourself. There are myriad plans out there for building your own garden bridge, and some are even free online. Choose carefully, and pick out the best bridge for your individual personality and garden space. Here, we will go over the basics of garden bridge design.
It all starts with the base
Every decorative garden bridge needs a base, and most of them will start with piers on which to build. You can use concrete blocks. One for each corner, two on each side, should work. From there, you can use beams, to further build the base of your wooden garden bridge.
For walking, the planks
Wooden planks make up the walking surface of your wood garden bridge. They're supported by the beams, which are supported by the piers. Simple, and for the average do-it-yourselfer, relatively easy. From there, you can add a railing if you wish. And that's it. You've got a simple, but functional, and attractive, wooden bridge.
Of course that's just basic, but you get the idea
Again, you need to find the plan that works best for you, but as you can see, building a small garden bridge might not be as big a job as you think. Of course, beyond this simple description, there will be digging, and measuring, and cutting, and leveling, and possibly hitting your hand with a hammer.
But you can do it. And in the end, your outdoor garden bridge adds to your property, both in beauty, and in the pride you feel looking out at it knowing you built it with your very own hands.