Summertime is a time for being outside. A backyard gazebo is not only be a great incentive for your friends and family to come over and hang out, but it also increases the value of your house. Instead of calling a professional to build a gazebo for you, you can actually build one yourself!
How to Pick Wood
When deciding what type of wood to use, there are a few factors to consider. How big will your gazebo be? How many people would you like it to accommodate? What is the theme, if any? First and foremost, whatever wood you choose needs to be “error free” with smooth edges and a consistent texture. Cedar is one of the most popular woods for gazebos, but you can use any varnished wood you prefer. Some builders will also use plywood.
How to Concrete a Post
Below is a chart to help you visualize where the concrete will go and where the posts should be placed. When you dig, you need to leave about 6 inches for drainage, and a depth of 1/3 to 1/2 the post height above ground.
After you dig the hole, fill the 6 inches you left at the bottom for drainage with gravel or crushed stone. Once you set the post, angle some wood against the post to hold it steady. Screw these pieces of wood to the post. Use a level to position the post plumb (perfectly vertical), then fasten the braces to the stakes. Fill the hole with fast-setting concrete, up to 3 to 4 inches below the ground level. Add water and after the concrete is set, backfill the hole with soil.
What to Use for Roofing
Asphalt roof shingles are a good choice for your gazebo’s roof and should be applied once you have completed your base structure. For installation, you will need a basic set of tools, including stapler, galvanized roofing nails and a piece of standard white chalk to help you align the roof tiles. To see a step-by-step process for building out the roof, go here.
Wooden gazebos come in many different styles. Here are a few plan options:
This design evokes a rustic feel that will give your backyard a woodsy look.
You could get super creative with these logs. Though constructed of timber, it’s primarily made of fiberglass.
With its sweeping ogee arches, timber deck and bench seating, this open-air belvedere makes an elegant garden centerpiece.
Whatever style you choose, before you begin digging for your gazebo project, call Texas811. We can mark off any utilities or pipes in your backyard, so you can build your gazebo in a safe place.