Winter was pretty cruel in this neck of the woods this year. Early on in the season the first storm was a real storm, I was in that area that got the seven feet of snow. The result is the snow took down a small eave that was at the back door. I decided that I was not going to replace this because I always thought a pergola would be nice there. I have been planning on what I would like to do and I have to say I am pretty excited because I actually saw some pergolas on display at Lowe's yesterday. This project will require me to finally address a garden bed I left go and the substrate under where the pergola will be. I will need to find a floor for the 10'x10' structure. I have a crazy idea, I want to level the dirt and do a landscape tarp, then cover that with stone or sand. Then when level I plan to take pallets and affix roofing board over the tops of the pallets. This comes in 4x8 sheets. Before I screw it down I want to staple indoor-outdoor carpet so I have a low deck thats carpeted. I am thinking water drains through this type of carpet right? Then the pergola itself has a canopy thats retractable. Some chairs and a table and plants and there you have it! Anyone ever did a pergola or a deck? any ideas or comments very much appreciated since this is my first go at something like this. Is the pallet idea a bad idea?