GAZEBOS

Gazebos can be placed anywhere, either as a distant outdoor getaway or a nearby extension of the home. A gazebo provides the perfect place for dinner parties and weddings.  It can function as a protected outdoor playroom for children or an area for adult socializing; even function as a retreat for quiet outdoor meditation.

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Concepts & Design

A good size for couples is a 10′ diameter (hexagon) while 12′ and up (octagon) are better suited to whole families. For an all season effect, doors and windows can be added; however, most gazebos remain open or screened for bugs.

If you choose to build a gazebo from the ground up, it is best to start by getting your hands on a good plan of a design you like. Most good plans will include lumber sizes and a cut list, along with other helpful information for angles and compound cuts. This would be a great place to start.

As most gazebos are placed in freestanding positions, a concrete base is not essential. Many gazebos have integrated wooden floors for comfort. A 3-4″ crushed gravel base is often sufficient as foundation.

Two tier roofs are simple to add and have a great deal of curb appeal. Aim for a maximum of 2/3 coverage on the second tear roof while 3/12 is a good pitch. Cupolas, while intricate, can add an other level of detail.

Inversely, you can choose a precut or panelized gazebo package. Everything will be planned out. All you have to do is assemble the components..

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Construction tips

Using a good all weather construction adhesive in addition to screws will enhance lateral stability.

For flooring and roofing on hexagon or octagon structures, work from the outside in, one complete course at a time. Double check cross over measurements before you start. Misalignment at the start will affect the entire build.

Starting with a hexagon or octagon core block can greatly simply your starting positions for both floor joists and hip rafter assembly.

Cutting a birds-mouth on each rafter where it mounts onto the plate will enhance accuracy in positioning and help anchor rafters more securely.