We love being outside breathing fresh air. It’s even better to be outdoors with some creature comforts as well. Gazebos help people bring living-room comfort to the backyard. You can pay someone to build one or you can take up the job yourself. Either way, we’ve come across some DIY gazebo plans. This article offers guidance.
Benefits of Having a Gazebo
One of the things we love about Gazebos is the extra shade it provides. For those of you who love grilling, a grill gazebo is great, so you can cook outdoors in the shade. With gazebos, you can still get energized from the sun and not have to face the direct heat.
If you live in regions with mosquitoes and other bugs, we recommend you add a screen. The screen is great when you want to have your meal outside and protect it from bugs.
You can host a small group gathering outside with friends and family. If you want to throw a bigger party, you can do that as well. Gazebos also offer a nice setting for taking pictures.
Adds To Landscaping
If you’re the gardening and landscaping type, gazebos are a great addition. After working in the garden, you don’t have to rush back inside the house to relax.
Options for Gazebo Placement
There is pretty much no limit to where you can put your gazebo outside. Gazebos can be built with an oval, octagonal, rectangular, dodecagonal, or a custom fit.
If you want to add a gazebo to your patio deck, you can build it to fit.
Building it in a corner outside or by your backyard pool can be done as well. Rectangular gazebos are great for square and rectangle dining tables.
If you’re selling your home, prospective buyers will likely consider your house more. They’ll imagine themselves enjoying the backyard. It’s rare to see a house with one so the gazebo would definitely stand out.
Setting One Up
By design, they are attached to a garden wall, roofed, open on all sides, or freestanding. There are three basic ways to set one up. You can build one yourself from a set of plans, build from a kit, or hire a contractor to do it for you.
Building from a set of plans is more suitable for those who have good carpentry skills already. You need a good plan. Some construction plans come at a price. Fortunately, there are free gazebo plans online. Also, Home Depot has great style ideas you can use to help you decide which gazebo plans are right for you. Whatever plan you choose, make sure you study it thoroughly.
Building it from a kit, yourself, is a reasonable approach for those who want to have more hands-on experience. The downside of doing it yourself is not having a professional evaluate the land to see if it will hold the gazebo. Furthermore, your lack of expertise could lead you to pick the wrong materials for the job. In a prefabricated kit, the pieces are precut. The floor, sides, and roof are usually preassembled in sections.
You must be responsible when doing it yourself. Contact your local building permit office to see if what you’re trying to do is against regulations. Checking today could prevent you from writing them a check later.
Contact your utility company as well to check for any utility lines underground. In the U.S, 811 is the federal call-before-you-dig number for anyone planning to dig into the ground. You can visit 811’s website as well a few days before you start any digging of anything such as a fence or mailbox.
Hiring a Contractor
Time is of the essence. There’s no sense putting yourself through the joys of building your own gazebo if you don’t have the time. There is an added cost of labor though. Homeadvisor estimates the price difference between building it yourself versus hiring a professional to be about $1500.
Additions to Your Gazebo
Gazebos are used as an outdoor entertainment area, dining room, reading room, etcetera. They aren’t complete without electrical wiring. In this way, you can add lights. Some people install swimming pool lights on the floor.
Everyone keeps their phone on them these days so you can have an outlet to charge it.
We can’t forget a sound system to play your music. If you’re having a gathering of people, this can keep them entertained.
Electric wiring can power a ceiling fan. This is especially good if you live in regions that have high humidity or even regions that are very dry.
Considerations for Materials
Gazebos can be made of wood, brick, metal, reinforced concrete, stone, and even vinyl.
Redwood and cedar are often chosen for their ability to withstand wet weather.
Though it may take more maintenance, cedar does have a nice scent to it. However, if you want to save some money, bamboo is a less expensive option but the structure may not hold up well.
It’s better to build a structure with strong, durable materials. Otherwise, you will find yourself having to rebuild sooner than expected. You’ll also find yourself doing more maintenance. Consider the value of your spending, not the price.
The floor of the gazebo can be wood, brick, stone, or concrete. The roof is usually covered in cedar shake shingles.
The good thing about choosing bricks is that you will more likely end up with a pretty sturdy structure. Brick holds heat well in cold regions. Yet, in places that have earthquakes, it is best that you stay away from this one. The brick and mortar can crack and give way
Aluminum and iron are both inexpensive. Steel, while it makes for a strong structure, is more expensive than aluminum and iron. These three metals do not protect well against weather. They offer less roofing options than vinyl and wood as well.
Vinyl is great. You can make vinyl look like the other metals. The downside here is that vinyl can grow mold so you have to clean it regularly. This is definitely so in especially in humid conditions.
When it comes to building your outdoor oasis, you have options for the set-up. Having a gazebo on your property has its benefits and you should keep it maintained as well. Whether you or someone else builds it, we think it to be wise to consult professionals first. This may be a summer project for you. Maybe your spouse is making you do it. Either way, you’ll be getting some outdoor comfort and enjoyment for years to come.