Gazebos are not only great additions to gardens and yard spaces, but they are also quite multifunctional. A gazebo offers shade from the sun during hot summers, and can also be convenient to have during special events like weddings and other celebrations. Assembling a gazebo will cost anywhere between $2,500 and $5,000 US. If you plan to undertake this project, ensure you have experience in carpentry; this project is not suitable for beginners.
- Landscape marking paint
- Quick-setting concrete
- Gazebo kit
- 2”x4”x8’ pressure treated posts
- 2”x10”x12’ cedar planks
- 2”x6”x12’ cedar planks
- 3’x4’6’ snapped steps
- Decking screws
- Post hole digger
- Safety goggles
- Measuring tape
- Reciprocal saw
- The first step is to place the posts into the ground, to do this: mark the deck area where the posts will be installed using landscape marking paint.
- Remove plants and debris from that area then dig a hole 30” deep with a posthole digger. Place the posts into the ground and fill the holes with prepared concrete mix.
- Using cedar planks, screw the posts together, making sure that the frame is level. Use an adequate amount of joists in the center to support the deck’s framing; add a center post and cross supports. With deck screws, affix the cedar plants securely to the frame.
- With the deck flooring completed, assemble the gazebo and attach it to the flooring. Instead of building the gazebo components from scratch–which would be challenging and time-consuming–use a gazebo kit that comes equipped with the pre-fabricated pieces. The kit will make this part of the construction easier, and the only requirement is a close following of the manufacturer’s instructions.
- To build the wall, screw the tongue and groove boards together ensuring they’re securely attached. Assemble the roof and add the shingles.
- With screws, affix the gazebo structure securely to the floorboards.
- Construct steps to connect the yard to the gazebo, to complete the project.
- The gazebo can be painted either before, or after assembling all the parts. Use a no-lead, non-toxic wood paint, or add a wood stain to achieve the desired look. Ensure you use a paint or stain that is weather resistant and will not chip or peel off.
- If you decide to paint the gazebo, allow the paint or stain to cure for approximately 24 hours, or until completely dry before putting it to use.
Tips and warnings
- When cutting boards to fit, ensure to wear safety goggles and gloves for protection. When painting or working with wood stains, always wear a protective mask to protect your respiratory system from dangerous fumes.
- The guide may look at first glance, like a simple project. However, this project will span at least several weekends and will cause intensive labor. If you are not seasoned in construction, do enlist the help of a professional to construct the gazebo.