Gazebos add interest and a relaxation space to any backyard. A backyard gazebo is the perfect spot to host summer dinner parties or other social gatherings. But every gazebo takes time to plan and design, so be sure to have a well-thought-out design plan and any necessary permits to build your gazebo.
In general, building a gazebo is a task for experienced craftsmen, so unless you are one yourself, you may have to hire outside help or assistance from a friend or experienced woodworker. McIlvain Lumber Company, one of the nation’s oldest and most reputable lumber dealers, suggests you follow the steps below when building your gazebo:
Preparing the ground
It is vitally important to prepare the ground and area of where the gazebo will be built. Mark the area of the gazebo and how it will fit into the landscape of your property. Be sure to remove plants or shrubs from the area surrounding the gazebo plot, as they may otherwise be harmed during construction.
You’ll need to build and place solid posts into the ground, as these will support your gazebo and allow it to be sturdy throughout various seasons and weather events. Posts should be placed at least thirty inches deep in the ground and should be filled with concrete to ensure sturdiness. Building a foundation is key for your gazebo, so be sure to take your time and to plan well during this phase.
Deck flooring is necessary in every gazebo, but the deck will determine the longevity of your structure, so be sure to choose the right quality lumber for your gazebo deck. There are many types of decking and lumber to build a sturdy and long-lasting deck, and some are even naturally resistant to weather and rot, which will increase the life of your gazebo. Whatever you choose, remember that the deck should probably match the posts and roofing of the gazebo for aesthetic purposes.
Once the proper lumber has been selected and the gazebo deck has been built, be sure to stain your deck flooring with a protective agent to help prevent weathering and eroding. Flooring is a vital factor to every craftsman’s gazebo.
Assembling a gazebo can take time, even with a well-thought-out design. After your flooring has been constructed to be even and stable, walls need to be placed around the gazebo. When securing the walls with screws, it is important to fit the tongue and groove boards together to enhance stability.
A roof should then be added to give shade and protection to the interior of the structure. Shingles and accessories can add to the appeal of your gazebo, and stain or paint can make the gazebo more attractive while also increasing the lumber’s durability.
Assembling your gazebo takes time and planning, but the hard work will pay off when you can sit back and relax under your personal and custom-made gazebo. As with any project, it is important to use the best lumber and woodworking products for your custom gazebo. J.Gibson McIlvain Company is a valuable resource for all of your lumber needs. For more information on all that McIlvain Company has to offer, click here to visit their website.
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