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Are you handy? Building an attractive gazebo for your yard can easily be done in a weekend with a little help from a friend. There are plenty of gazebo plans available free in libraries and online. If you would prefer blueprints they are available too for fees ranging from $8 to $200. The more expensive gazebo plans are architectural blueprints, which are much more specific and best suited to those experienced in reading blueprints, like experienced contractors. Nevertheless a talented home improvement buff can make good use of any of them, even the less expensive drawings.

I am including some drawings in this article and a link to a
PDF file
you can download.

There are several things to think about before starting to build a gazebo.

Building a Gazebo– You need to choose a style that you like. Often Gazebos are made in a hexagonal shape but this doesn’t have to be true. Here we are only going to look at a basic style as we are talking about building it in a weekend. There are many great styles though and if you have the talent and the time you certainly can choose the one you want to grace your yard.

– You need to have some basic carpentry tools such as a hammer, level, square etc. and a screw gun. You will also need a skill or circular saw and maybe a compound miter saw or sliding compound miter saw. These tools afford the angular cutting abilities you will need when fashioning the various sections of the gazebo. The sliding version is best for larger pieces of wood.

– You need to choose the wood you will be using to build it. Three kinds of wood are commonly used to build outdoor structures: pine (maybe ok in the south). A good choice is cedar or redwood depending on what area of the country you live. There is also PT wood or pressure treated wood which stands up to weather and to insects but is not as smooth or finished looking as the cedar. Pine is the softest and easiest to work with, but it rots the fastest and personally I would not use it. Cedar and redwood are more expensive, but give the best finished look and have natural oils that resist rot.

At this point we are ready to start building.

Building a Gazebo– The first thing you need to do is make a foundation for it to sit on. This could be a concrete slab or posts set in concrete at each corner of the structure. They should be 36 to 48 inches in the ground for stability and to get below frost. Before you dig though contact your local utilities to find whether there are any underground cables you should try to avoid.

Building a Gazebo– Next we need to build the floor which if you are building it hexagonal then there are allot of cuts and angles to make. The floor could be straight planks across the whole floor though. The pattern of the floor will determine the layout of the joist which depending on the size of the gazebo will need to be 2×6 or 2×8 set on 16” centers and the with 2” or 5/4” material for the floor boards.

– The posts in each corner will hold the railings and a beam at the top to support the roof structure.

Building a Gazebo– The rafters are usually the hardest for the home handy man to get right and they are next. Sit down and have a good look at the plans. Use some scrap material and make a couple of cuts and then check them out. Take your time, you can do it. The alternative is to get someone who has done it before to help you with this step.

– Now that the rafters are up installing the sheeting and the shingles is pretty straight forward.

– Finishing off with the railing and any other finishing touches you might choose. For the railing though you need to choose a style. I just finished an article on railings check it out for some ideas and help.

There are lots of options when it comes to building your own gazebo, and you don’t have to be a carpentry star to get really good results. And just think, when you’re done building your gazebo, you can sit and just enjoy it and all the shade and comfort it provides.

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2 Responses to “Building an Attractive Gazebo”

This is a great post. I like the look of a gazebo and I enjoy the feel of sitting in one.

I have enjoyed sitting in a gazebo enjoying the evening at a friends place well not a friend but a friend of a friend. I liked them but I think with your help I could build my own and in that way afford it. thanks a lot.