How to Build a Gazebo

First of all, let’s define a gazebo. A gazebo is a small building shaped like a pavilion and commonly found in gardens and parks. There isn’t any wall in a gazebo, and originally it was octagonal but we can now also find squared ones. It is a great way to decorate a garden and provide a shady shelter.

To make a gazebo, you will have to start with markings on the designated area. For this, use an appropriate paint and identify the floor area as well as the posts. Make sure the spot you chose is free from any plants. To sink the post, you will need a shovel larger than a gimlet: a posthole auger with which you will be able to make a 30 inches deep hole. Once the posts are planted in the ground, you have to seal them with concrete which will fill the holes.

how to build a gazebo How to Build a Gazebo

Then, you will have to get the posts connected with the planks made in cedar: simply use decking screws, and make it a point to level the frame. For your safety, it is highly recommended to wear gloves and goggles while cutting boards. We also suggest to choose cedar for your gazebo since this long lasting wood doesn’t require much treatment and is weather-resistant.

In the center, use a lot of joists to secure the frame of the deck and place a center pillar as well as cross supports. The deck screws shall be used to fix the planks made in cedar with the frame.

The flooring of the deck, at this point, is done, you will now start to assemble your gazebo and fix it to the floor. There are many kits of gazebo available in stores and they’re very easy to assemble. The instructions will lead you all the way, you’ll only have to choose the style of your preference.

However, to put an end to the construction, you have to handle the walls. Therefore, put the groove boards and the tongue together, do not forget to secure everything with screws. Then, the roof will have to be assembled and the shingles added. Use screws again to fix the floor boards with the gazebo. The final touch will consist in adding steps so that gazebo and yard will be connected.

Your gazebo is over, at this stage, you will be able to enjoy your new ornament and invite friends over to spend a nice afternoon under the shade.


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