A wooden gazebo will not only enhance the look of your garden but it will also create a beautiful relaxation area. From our experience, building a gazebo by yourself is difficult but not impossible. Generally speaking, if you plan everything from the very beginning and choose the right building plans for your needs, you could get the job done without having to hire a professional.
Nevertheless, there are a few aspects that you should pay attention to, as to prevent costly mistakes and to get a professional result. First of all, there are many legal requirements you have to comply with. Therefore, you should read the local building codes before starting the building project, as there are a lot of useful information, such as the depth of the footings or the materials you shave to use.
Gazebo building plans
As a personal observation, I can say that a square gazebo building plans requires less time and skills than building a rectangular one. Therefore, if you haven’t done a similar project before and you have a low budge, we strongly recommend you to build a square gazebo. A rectangular gazebo looks more exquisite but it requires a large investment and complex techniques when building the roof.
Lay out the gazebo as a professional, using batter boards and string. In addition, dig 2-3′ holes and secure the posts into concrete. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts, as to get a professional result. Attach the joists into place with metal hangers, as to get rigid joints. Afterwards, attach 2×4 decking slats and secure them to the framing with galvanized screws. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get the job done as a professional.
Building the roof of the gazebo is not difficult, especially if you use the right plans and techniques. Cut all the components at the right size and lock them into place with galvanized screws. Cover the roof with 3/4″ plywood sheets before installing the shingles. Add 1×6 trims to the ends of the rafters, if you want to enhance the look of your woodworking project.
Building railings for your gazebo is not difficult, especially if you want to get the job done as a professional. Secure the cleats between the posts and attach the balusters. Continue the project by attaching the hand rails and by making the exposed edges round.
For step by step rectangular gazebo plans, click HERE.