Gazebos are beautiful! They add a touch of elegance to any backyard. You can add some beautiful landscape around it, and make it your favorite backyard spot. Here’s how to build a gazebo in a few easy steps.
How To Build A Gazebo For Your Backyard
Building The Perfect Gazebo:
A Complete Step-by-Step Guide The DIY movement has never been stronger, and, with the wealth of materials online and in bookstores to help you out, it’s never been easier. If you have the space in your backyard there are few DIY projects more fruitful and satisfying than constructing a gazebo.
These structures are extremely versatile, able to house BBQ parties, morning coffee moments, small get-togethers, and even weddings!
They can also make hot summers shady enough to enjoy. Since you have decided to take on this exciting home improvement project, we are here to help you out.
Why build a gazebo?
Why do you want to build a gazebo?
- to have a pretty spot in your backyard?
- for a nice quiet reading area?
- for a place to hold BBQ parties?
If you plan to host BBQ parties there, building your gazebo will be very different than if you planned to use it for reading in the shade.
It is perfectly possible to build a large gazebo that is fully equipped with a refrigerator and stove-top, but today we’ll look at how to build a small gazebo.
Gazebo building materials
if you are building your own gazebo it is a good idea to use wood. My favorite wood for gazebo building is cedar. Cedar is sturdy, and naturally weather-resistant. It is also extremely attractive.
Metal is beautiful, but harder to do it yourself, unless you are very familiar workign with metal.
Other materials you might need for building a gazebo are:
- concrete pavers or cement to build the floor
- decorative gravel to crate a path around it
- nails and glue
- stain for the wood
- shingles for the roof
Clear and mark the space
Once you have your materials, clear a space in your backyard to begin laying down the flooring.
It is very important to measure the area carefully, and then mark it off with construction paint. After you have the area marked, clear any obstructions such as plants, large rocks, etc.
Smooth off the ground, and you’re ready to get started.
Install gazebo stakes
Install stakes or posts deep enough into the ground so that they can provide support for the structure.
You can dig the holes with a shovel, or rent a machine to drill into the ground. The latter method is probably better as it will save time (and lots of energy, unless you want to use this as exercise).
After you implant the stakes, secure them with concrete.
Lay gazebo floor
Handy Home Products San Marino Octagonal Floor Kit for 12-Foot Gazebo With the stakes secured, it’s time to lay down the flooring. This is a simple, yet crucial step.
Drill holes in the cedar planks, and then attach them using deck screws. The old adage “measure twice, cut once” is important here.
Or, if you’d rather finish faster and money is not object, you can use a pre-made gazebo floor kit like this one.
Build the gazebo
You can build your gazebo from scratch if you like tinkering with wood and tools.
I prefer buying a kit and assembling it: make it so much easier! This may seem to go against the DIY idea, but the reality is, the fine craftsmanship required to sculpt the shell of the gazebo is simply beyond the abilities of the average home-owner.
A pre-made gazebo kit will allow you to benefit from a professional’s skills, while still enjoying the lower price of DIY.
Below you’ll see some gazebo plans, as well as a few books that might give you some ideas and inspiration.
Classic Gazebo Project Plans -Design #10012Outdoor Shelter Plans: Overheads, Sheds and GazebosScreen Gazebo Project Plans – Design #10112The Complete Guide to Gazebos & ArborsBuilding The Perfect Gazebo: A Complete Step-by-Step GuideCreative Plans for Yard and Garden Structures
Landscape around the gazebo
After you finish building your gazebo, you might want to landscape around it a bit. Add some decorative gravel, a few bushes and some colorful flowers.
Take a look at these ideas for how to landscape around a storage shed: I’m sure it’ll spark some ideas for your new gazebo.
Backyard Gazebo Ideas
Now that you know how to build a gazebo, let’s look at some gazebo design ideas for inspiration.
This white gazebo is simple, but beautiful. I like how the nearby landscape adds a splash of color and visual interest. This looks like the perfect spot for some wedding pictures, or a quiet spot to unwind at the end of the day.
Gorgeous setting for this gazebo with the vibrant flower bushes around.
What a romantic spot! Not everyone has a duck pond on their property, but if you do, this is a great idea!
Beautiful white gazebo surrounded by nature and beautiful flowers. The lattice work give it a romantic look 🙂
So pretty! Looks like wonderland! I love all the decorations around this gazebo: dreamy….
Elegant metal gazebo with beautiful arches. I like the low shrubs around the gazebo: they add some visual appeal, but don’t steal the show from this silver metal gazebo.
A bit dramatic, this Asian style gazebo (also knows as a pagoda) can work for some but not for others. I personally like it very much. Looks like the perfect place for an Asian picnic 😉
Way back at the end of your backyard, this gazebo is the perfect oasis for anyone in need of quiet solitude at the end of the day, with a good book in hand!