If you’re looking to add some extra space and functionality to your home, a gazebo is a great way to do it. Gazebos provide shade during the summer months and can be used as an outdoor seating area throughout the year. The best part? They don’t require much maintenance since they’re made from wood and not plastic like many other outdoor structures. They also come in all shapes and sizes so they blend seamlessly into any yard, even if yours isn’t huge! If you’re interested in building your own gazebo but aren’t sure where to begin, here are 10 pro-tips:
Plan how you want your gazebo to fit into your yard.
Next, you’ll want to plan exactly where you want your gazebo to be located. You’ll also want to consider the following things:
- Safety – Gazebos can be very tall and heavy. It’s important that they are set up in a way that won’t endanger anyone who might use them. Make sure there are no low-hanging branches or other hazards nearby so that no one can get hurt while using the gazebo.
- Fit in with existing landscaping – Your goal should be for people who visit your home not even realize that it was an addition—the best way to do this is by making sure everything else matches up (e.g., materials used).
- Close enough but still private – While having a gazebo right next door may sound convenient, it will probably end up being less so after a while. If possible aim somewhere between 15′-20′ away from any neighboring homes; otherwise you run risks of seeing into their windows from yours!
Decide what flooring you want to use.
Gazebo flooring is a great way to add value to your gazebo and make it more functional. It is also an opportunity for you to express your personal style.
There are many options available when choosing flooring for the gazebo, but some of the most popular include:
- Wooden floors (cedar or redwood)
- Vinyl flooring
- Tile flooring (ceramic, stone)
Choose the shape and size of your gazebo.
Choosing a shape and size is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when building your gazebo. It will affect how much sunlight it gets and how many people can fit under it, but also the amount of material you need to buy and overall cost.
The first question to ask yourself is what shape best fits the space where you want to install your gazebo? This may seem obvious, but sometimes we forget that we have options beyond square or rectangular shapes! For example, an octagon has 8 sides instead of 4 sides like a square or rectangle. This means that more angles in its design equals more opportunities for getting light into different spots throughout the day (and night). You might also consider choosing an odd-shaped shape if your yard or house is shaped oddly too (like with rounded corners).
Secondly, think about how big or small do I want my gazebo? Again this might seem obvious but there are some things that aren’t always so obvious when looking at plans for someone else’s gazebos; such as whether they include stairs leading up into them or not – which would require more space than necessary just for those few steps needed by most people entering/exiting their home through this area regularly – unless they have kids who live at home who don’t know any better yet (which happens all too often these days…).
Make sure to keep in mind what your neighborhood’s building codes are.
When it comes to building a gazebo, you’ll want to make sure that you’re following the rules. It’s best to check with your local building department, zoning office and city council before starting construction on your new gazebo. The more time and effort you put into making sure everything is up-to-code the less likely it will be for someone else who might not know your particular code requirements (or lack thereof) to cause issues for you down the road.
Determine how much sunlight you want to let in and adjust your support beams accordingly.
If you want to maximize light, build your gazebo with a large overhang. If you want to maximize shade, build your gazebo with a small overhang. And if you want to maximize privacy, build your gazebo with a small overhang (but also be aware that this may make it more difficult for people on the other side of the wall to see and hear what’s going on in your yard).
Pick a durable and sutainable wood for your beams to support the weight of the gazebo.
If you are building a larger gazebo, choose pressure treated lumber. This will help to keep the beams strong and sturdy.
You can also use cedar or redwood if you are on a budget. These types of wood do not require any treatment, but they will eventually rot if exposed to water over time. They do not have as much longevity as pressure treated lumber, but can be an affordable option for those who don’t want to spend too much money on their project.
As for the flooring of your gazebo, I recommend using cedar boards because these boards have a natural resistance against rot and insects such as termites; this makes them perfect for outdoor use! If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly then try using pine instead; it’s still quite durable despite its lower cost compared with other types such as cedar boards mentioned above (which tend towards higher end pricing due solely based off availability).
Find a handyman or builder that can help you build it, if necessary.
Find a handyman or builder that can help you build it, if necessary.
Before you start shopping for supplies, it’s important to know what kind of gazebo you want. If this is your first time building a gazebo and/or your first time working with contractors, find someone who has experience building gazebos and can help you stay within your budget. It’s also important to find someone who understands the design process and has worked on projects similar to yours before so they know how much time it will take them to complete each stage of the construction process.
If possible, try not to go alone when making appointments or visiting showrooms. It might feel safer going alone but having someone else along makes everything more fun!
Add pressure treated lumber for more support, especially around the bottom half of the structure.
Here’s the thing about pressure treated lumber: if you’re building a gazebo, chances are you don’t have a ton of money to spend on building materials. We get it! Fortunately, there are some pretty solid reasons why you should consider paying the extra $20 or so per 2×4 to get your hands on some pressure treated wood.
Pressure treated lumber is more resistant to rot, insects (like termites), and fire than regular old pine boards. This means that not only will the bottom half of your structure last longer with this material but also that you won’t have to replace it as often! If that isn’t reason enough for any homeowner who knows what it’s like to do regular lawn work then I don’t know what else could convince them!
Mix up your colors to get an aesthetic look that will compliment your home.
Mix up the colors to get an aesthetic look that will compliment your home. The last thing you want is for your gazebo to clash with the exterior of your house, so keep in mind what color scheme you’re going for when choosing paint.
When it comes to choosing paint, there are several options: oil-based, latex and water-based. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on where you live (for example, if it gets super hot or cold).
If you decide on using oil-based paints because they tend to be more durable and last longer than other types of paint, then make sure that they’re approved by local authorities so that they won’t affect the environment negatively should they somehow leak into soil or water sources nearby (which is rare but could happen).
You don’t need a ton of potted plants placed around, so save money by keeping it simple with a statement plant or two.
You don’t need a ton of potted plants placed around, so save money by keeping it simple with a statement plant or two. A few large or colorful plants can make a statement and create privacy, but also provide interest and color to your gazebo.
When we were designing our gazebo, I had in mind that I wanted to use potted plants as part of the design—not only for their visual appeal, but also because they would be able to withstand the weather better than anything planted in the ground.
Building a gazebo is easy if you use these tips!
We’ll take you through the process step by step, but first let’s discuss a few important factors to keep in mind before you begin.
- Plan ahead: start planning as far out as six months before your project is scheduled to start. This will give you plenty of time to find and order what you need and get the design just right. You may want to enlist the help of an architect or structural engineer if this is your first go at building a gazebo, but even if it isn’t, planning is crucial when it comes to making sure that everything comes together as planned!
- Keep your neighbors in mind: Your goal should be to build something that looks great from inside your house while also being attractive from outside (so others can enjoy it too). You don’t want something so big or so tall that no one else can see over it—or worse yet—interferes with their views!
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and learned something new! Building a gazebo is easy if you use these tips!