When I was growing up, I never heard of a sukkah. None of my Jewish friends ever had one. We never had one. I never even heard one discussed. About 5 years ago, I encountered my first sukkah.
We were the neighbors of a couple that happened to both be rabbis. Being in a duplex, we shared the same yard and gradually over a few days, we saw the neighbor building a flimsy structure. I remember being incredulous that they had the audacity to erect their own building, assuming they did it because they needed more space than their apartment accommodated. My husband and I would peek out the window at the sukkah speculating what would happen if the landlord ever saw it.
Then one day, the neighbors invited us to eat dinner in it.
So here I am years later building my own sukkah. Well, begging my husband to build a sukkah is more like it. I evaluated all the kits out there and since moving to a predominantly Jewish community, I have seen the standard sukkah kit with the plastic tarp sides, but I wanted something a little more romantic, something more elegant…and something cheaper.
So we sketched out a PVC frame solution, planning to use curtains for walls. I chose PVC because it is inexpensive and strong.
Approx $50 of PVC pipes and joins
Cutting the PVC pipes to the right length. The sukkah is 8 x 8 feet.
The roof comes together. We reinforced the joins with screws after having the first one literally fall apart over our heads.
And it’s in place!
Note how dark it is in the last photo. It took the better part of an entire day to build it and that included shopping for the PVC. The posts are set into cinder blocks with Quikrete, which was super easy to use and makes the legs much more stable…I remembered this part from the rabbis.
Now the fun part…decorating!