How to Build a Gazebo

The “do it yourself” (DIY) movement has never been stronger, and, with the wealth of materials online and in bookstores to help you out, it’s never been easier. If you have the space in your backyard there are few DIY projects more fruitful and satisfying than constructing a gazebo. These structures are extremely versatile, able to house BBQ parties, morning coffee moments, small get-togethers, and even weddings! They can also make hot summers shady enough to enjoy. Since you have decided to take on this exciting home improvement project, we are here to help you out.

Purpose. Due to the wide variety of choices concerning materials and style, it is vital that you have a firm understanding of how you will use the gazebo. If you plan to host BBQ parties there, you will have a much different experience building it than if you planned to use it for reading in the shade. It is perfectly possible to build a large gazebo that is fully equipped with a refrigerator and stove-top, but for the purposes of this article we will assume you have less ambitious goals.

Material. If you are building your own gazebo it is a good idea to use wood. One of the best choices here is to use something like cedar. Cedar is sturdy, and naturally weather-resistant. It is also extremely attractive.

Clear and mark the space. After you have your material, you will need to clear a space in your backyard to begin laying down the flooring. It is important to measure the area carefully, and then to mark it off with construction paint. Once you have the area marked, you should clear it of any obstructions such as plants, large rocks, and so forth.

Install stakes. You will need to install stakes or posts deep enough into the ground that they can provide support for the structure. You can dig the holes with a shovel, or rent a machine to drill into the ground. The latter method is probably better as it will save time. After you implant the stakes you will need to secure them with concrete.

Lay flooring. Once you have the stakes secured, you need to lay the flooring down. This is a crucial yet simple step. You will need to drill holes in the cedar planks, and then attach them using deck screws. The old adage “measure twice, cut once” is important here.

Construct body. Once you have taken care of the stakes and flooring, you should purchase a gazebo kit, and assemble it. This may seem to go against the DIY aesthetic, but the reality is, the fine craftsmanship required to sculpt the shell of the gazebo is simply beyond the abilities of the average home-owner. A pre-assembled gazebo kit will allow you to benefit from a professionals skills, while still enjoying the lower price of DIY. Even if you now know how to build a gazebo, you should utilize all the tools at your disposal, one of which is outside help.