Garden Upgrade: How To Build A Gazebo Like An Expert

Now that most people live in big cities, nature has become a real luxury for many. It is only now that people understand the importance of outdoor living. Minutes of happiness in a hammock suspended in a flower garden. Or near a fountain on a green lawn with the sweet song of birds and the enchanting aroma of flowers caressing your eyes with their beauty. Can anything increase your level of energy more than those beautiful moments in nature? 

No! Unless the moments of pleasure are presented in a magical gazebo surrounded by an arbour of wood greenery, built with your own hands in moments of inspiration and serving as a summer room to receive the dearest guests of your family.

Why is having a gazebo a great idea?

The gazebos are manufactured for a variety of purposes. They are usually used by people to spend free time with family and friends in the outdoor living space. You can rest there and hide from the sun and wind. Sometimes it is a place to store gardening tools and grids, especially after the season is over. There are many possibilities. Of course, you can buy a gazebo or a gazebo kit – but you have to assemble it. However, such a pavilion does not always meet the needs of the user. Many owners decide to build a gazebo themselves. Is it too difficult? How to build a gazebo? You can use several tips that will help you at different stages of this woodworking project.

You are wondering how to do landscaping in your outdoor area? It is the perfect time to consider building a gazebo. If your garden is still empty enough, you can easily choose where you will install it and adjust the size and layout exactly as you want. It’s a perfect situation because you have no limitations.

What you need to take care of before starting

How about adding a gazebo to an already landscaped outdoor area? It’s not as easy as in the first case, but building a gazebo won’t be a problem if you keep a few points in mind. You must remember:

  • Matching the building’s size with the space available in your garden.
  • Creating a path that will allow you to access it without destroying the greenery.
  • Corresponding the style of the building to other elements of your garden.

The appearance and composition of the materials depend on the owner’s taste and skills. In general, gazebos are square or rectangular, but there are other types of shapes as well. Have a look!

  • Triangular gazebos: three sides.
  • Square pavilions: four sides.
  • Rectangular gazebos: four sides.
  • Hexagonal gazebos: six sides.
  • Octagonal gazebos: eight sides.

A square gazebo or a rectangular one will give the impression of being larger than a round, triangular, hexagonal or octagonal.

Gazebos can also appear in different construction forms with some of them being more versatile than others. Choose the right one depending on your needs.

  • Stationary – use concrete, brick, wooden beams, cornices and iron pipes.
  • Portable – PVC pipes, aluminium structures, polycarbonate and canvas.
  • Folding – you can disassemble it entirely and leave only the frame permanently.
  • Cultivated – plant trees instead of a frame and climbers instead of walls and a roof.

Traditional gazebos can quickly be made at home. If you are a handyman who wants to save money, then it’s time to take care of your project and build your fantastic gazebo. Surprise your family and neighbours, all for a third of the expense!

Combine the gazebo with the outdoor space style and design, so they fit together well. Give some time to select the exact gazebo design in complete peace of mind. Don’t forget that before you start work, you should receive building codes and permits. Think about the materials that you’re going to use and keep in mind that metal gazebos seem to gain ground every day. The gazebo shall be designed so that it can withstand all elements. Use screws and bolts to ensure the long-lasting strength and safety of the structure.

Build your gazebo step-by-step

Creating a gazebo can be a slightly complex process, from developing a plan to the construction work. But if the procedure is clearly defined, the step-by-step construction process will only take 2-3 days. Experts recommend checking in advance if all necessary materials and tools are available at home (preferably with a margin of purchase) to not interrupt the construction process due to a lack of screws or slats.

A rustic wooden gazebo can be built from sized wood but will be cheaper and blend into the landscaping better if you go for logs. For a rustic and durable look, straight 15 centimetres diameter pine balls with stripped bark do well and will darken and season over time.

To do it yourself here’s what you’ll need for this tutorial:

  • Concrete and trowel trough
  • Hammer, mallet, cordless screwdriver, and meter
  • Cordless drill, 10-diameter concrete wick, and assorted fork or pipe keys
  • Wood drill with an 8 diameter and 117 millimetres length
  • Jigsaw
  • 6 diameter wood wick (to attach poles to metal connectors)
  • Frame nails (to attach planks and slats to horizontal posts) and circular saw to fit the exact length
  • Wood wick of diameter 8 (to pierce the corrugated plates) and 5 (for wood) to secure the corrugated vessels’ decks in the roof
  • Brushes and paint underlay
  • Fine glass paper

Then these are the steps that you need to follow:

Step 1: Prepare the location

Prepare the location of the wooden gazebo. First, for the gazebo to be secured, build foundations to accommodate the poles. It is also recommended to always make concrete pedestals if the soil is unstable or to pour concrete at the poles when the gazebo is placed directly on the ground.

To make the DIY project as precise as possible and without any unpleasant surprises, you got to create a DIY gazebo plan and choose a gazebo design. You can consider octagonal gazebos, patio gazebos, square gazebos, or even screened gazebos.

Once the foundations are ready, secure the pole supports adjustable in height by screws, bolts, and chemical sealing. These adjustable feet allow the horizontality to be perfectly adjusted for the future roof. Also, they insulate wooden poles from the rain.

Step 2: Fix the poles

Then secure the poles to each stand with long screws and bolts. These poles need to be 9×9 and 180 centimetres high. You can choose class 4, autoclave pine. Autoclave processing ensures the durability of the material. It allows the wood to be more resistant to external aggressions such as fungi or insects. Plus, there’s no need to worry about rain.

Step 3: Create walls

Once the poles’ height is adjusted to have a perfect horizontal roof, you can add your walls. Some people go for curtains or some kind of fabric, while others prefer a more durable and stable construction. You can go for wooden walls if that’s what you need. 

Step 4: Roofing the gazebo

Start by getting your beams and bolting them together. Make two triangles that are joined by a beam that runs between them. Keep in mind that the triangle needs to be at 45° angles so that the whole roof can sit perfectly on the base.

Step 5: Laying the roof

If you don’t want to go for a wooden roof, you can opt for the installation of polyester plates to obtain a raintight and bright place. You might lay planks on one half and only slats on the other half, so one part will be more brilliant and less shaded than the other.

Attach the wavy polyester plates to the planks or slats with special corrugated pads and zippers. And that’s it! All you have to do is design it and decorate it to your liking. You can add all sorts of extras. Hang flower pots between the posts or solar lights to create a romantic atmosphere. Inside you can put a table and chairs, swing chairs, a bed or even make a garden bench

Maintaining your gazebo

Keeping your freestanding gazebo at its finest is really essential. Treatments prevent moisture from entering the wood and insects from attacking the fabric. For keeping the gazebo looking flawless, it is advisable to renew the paint every two or three years. Make sure that you keep it clean every now and then to prevent your materials corrosion.

Apart from its aesthetic side, a wooden gazebo is also an excellent solution for sun protection. It allows its owners to set up a dining area or a cosy corner away from the sun and rain to enjoy the garden from early spring until the end of autumn. You will make the outdoor space more pleasant and welcoming. There’s no need to be a “how to specialist”! All you need to do is find the need to build your own gazebo. Gather your family and friends and enjoy your garden like never before!

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