If you are looking for the perfect idea to improve your outdoor space, a gazebo is definitely the structure you need to add to your yard. A gazebo can be a great addition to any yard or garden. It is not only acts as a focal point for a landscape, but it also increases the pleasure that one derives from his or her outdoor space in an infinite number of ways. Furthermore, a gazebo can also be used to expand one’s home’s living space, and greatly extend the enjoyment of outdoor living.
The following article will bring you up to speed with everything you need to know about gazebos.
Gazebo – What is it?
A gazebo is permanent free standing structure having a roof and open walls. It can be made in different designs including square, rectangular or round, but the most popular design is usually the hexagon and pentagon formation. A gazebo can either consist of a roof that is supported by posts, or it can incorporate a low wall (two to three feet tall), which will allow you to add doors, windows, screens and a bench. However, it can also be a temporary structure, also known as pop-up gazebo. This structure can easily be erected or dismantled when you need it.
Building a gazebo – Who to hire
Most people hire contractors to build Gazebos on their behalf. However, you can still perform this project on your own. Building a gazebo can be a simple job. In fact, it can take less than four hours to complete it. You will only need the right materials and tools to perform the task.
Materials needed to build a gazebo
When building a gazebo, you will need the following materials at your disposal. They include:
After assembling all the building materials, you will require the following tools to perform start the project. These tools include:
Building a gazebo – Tips
As we have seen, there are many shapes you can build your gazebo. However, the simplest and most common shapes that people make their gazebos are the circular and rectangular. In fact, these two shapes have similar steps to make them. When coming up with the perfect design, pay keen attention taking the measurements and cutting the materials.
You have to find the center of your gazebo (circular gazebo). Use the string to swivel through the circle. Then, drive the stake for each foundation site. Remember, the bigger the gazebo, the more foundation holes you will need.
Your foundations holes should have a depth of about 4 inches to make the poles stable. After digging the foundation holes, place the foundation ones inside the hole in order to have 3 inches underneath the surface. Then, pile up the foundation tube with the mixed cement and as soon the cement dries, position the post anchors inside the cement. Repeat the same process for all the foundation holes you dug.
Place the joist hangers up the posts and secure the properly ensuring that they are at the same level at the footstep. Inaugurate the 2 by10 inches floor joists and also ensure they are at the same level.
Decking and columns:
Roof and railings: