DIY Home Improvement: Building a Gazebo

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There are many kits and resources available on the market that will give you everything you need to build a gazebo and put together a prepackaged structure; however, you may never be able to find exactly what you want from something made by someone else. You could always choose to hire a construction team to build you a custom gazebo, but the costs of labor alone could become quite steep.

When you invest the time and energy to build your own structure, there is a sense of pride and ownership that goes into the final product. Gazebos aren’t that difficult to make, and with some basic instructions and the proper tools that you can acquire from an equipment rental company, you can release your creative energy to design a project that truly reflects you.

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Step #1. Purchase Materials

You can make a gazebo out of just about anything if you really want. Most gazebos are made from different types of wood, but many homeowners are deviating from this tradition and instead opting for metal or stone based alternative. These general guidelines are meant to act as a basic framework for your project, and will need to be modified depending on what you decide.

Step #2. Set the Foundation

Take four equal sized posts and mark out their intended location on the ground using construction spray paint and a measuring tape. Clear away nearby debris on the ground and do your best to level out the ground as much as possible. Then take a post digger and drive posts into the ground. Fill the whole with cement to stabilize them so that they can hold the structure.

Step #3. Build the Flooring (Optional)

Determine whether you want a gazebo with or without a floor. If you do, you’ll want to use a power saw to cut the boards to the proper lengths of the structure and a drill to put together the joists and the boards using deck screws. Set up cross supports attached to the main posts to hold the weight of the flooring.

Step #4. Adding Bracing Beams

On a four-wall gazebo, add two bracing beams on each side between the two posts, leaving one side open as an entrance. There should be one beam up high toward the top of the post, and one down low closer to the bottom of the posts.

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Step #5. Attach the Upper Beams and Construct a Roof

Create an enclosed upper beam using a half-lap splice joint between the boards to prevent overlapping; bolt these into the center of the posts. Next, take your roof beams and cut them into a 45º angle at a single end so that they can fit together. Place the roof together as two triangular arch shapes with a single board connecting the two arches together with a bolt over the top. Affix the roof to the posts and bolt them into their individual posts.

Step #6. Siding and Roof Slats

Now that the structure is complete, you can choose to add siding or roof slats to keep out the rain and weather if you want. You are also able to add intricate ornamentation or paint the structure to make match your backyard and make it fit your preferences.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

You made it look simple, great job!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I always wanted a gazebo in my midwest home. Imagine being able to have your morning coffee there each day. Thanks for sharing this information.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ericdierker - Thanks! Hard work for sure as most DIY building projects are but certainly doable.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Teaches12345 - Morning coffee in a gazebo sounds like an excellent, relaxing idea and a great way to start the day!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is great and so good of you to share; you make it look very doable! Sharing and hope many benefit from it before summer is over. *+


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Love this idea! Sharing !


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Jackie!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you greatly AudreyHowitt!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is beautiful. I've always loved gazebos and sure wish I had the space for one. You make it look so possible!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

FlourishAnway - I love Gazebos too they add so much character!

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