Financially Conservative Gazebo Design Financially Conservative Gazebo Design

A financially conservative gazebo design will allow for a wonderful outdoor structure without the unnecessary and costly bells and whistles that most homeowners can really do without. A conservative gazebo design will provide a sheltered structure, an excellent place to have lunch while being protected from the sun and a cozy nook to hang out in on those lazy summer days. Save money on the building costs of this conservative version and use the savings for hanging flower baskets, potted plants or an inexpensive chaise lounge in which to spend time in the Gazebo.

Tools and Materials Needed:

Deck Assembly

  • 8, 4 by 4 posts, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 by 12 inches (length will vary depending on leveling process)
  • 8, 1 1/2 by 7 1/4 by 45 inches of rim joists
  • 7, 1 1/2 by 7 1/4 by 120 inches of floor joists
  • 14, 1 by 6 inches of cedar deck planking, approximately 16 feet long
  • 8, 1 by 6 by 52 inches of cedar border planking (left over material from the deck planking can be used for these pieces)
  • 8, 4 by 4 concrete post anchors
  • Post anchor hardware

Wall Panels

  • 8, 4 by 4 by 95 inches of posts for the side posts (these can be cedar)
  • 8, 2 by 3 by 45 inches of cedar for the upper stretchers
  • 7, 2 by 3 by 45 inches of cedar for the lower stretchers (leave space for entering the gazebo)

Roofing Lumber

  • 1, 6 by 6 by 12 inch king post (made by laminating several pieces of cedar)
  • 8, 2 by 6 by 76 inch cedar hip roof rafters
  • 8, 2 by 6 by 50 inch cedar stub roof rafters
  • 8, 2 by 6 by 24 inch cedar roof headers

Step 1 - Build the Foundation

For the construction of this financially conservative gazebo design only the bare essentials have been included. Obviously, many features can be added to enhance and build on what is presented here, regardless, the materials listed will build a fine, inexpensive and fun structure. Begin by looking for a level spot on which to build the gazebo foundation. Start by sinking the concrete anchor posts into the soil. Next, attach the foundation 4 by 4 posts.

Run the floor joists between the 4 by 4 posts at 16 inch centers, cutting 45 degree bevels where necessary to fit against corresponding rim joists. Attach rim joists around the 4 by 4 posts with angle bracket hardware and weather-treated screws.

Attach the border planks around the top of the floor and rim joists, cutting 22 1/2 miters along each edge to fit them neatly together. Cut to fit the deck planks above the floor joists and between the border planks.

Step 2 - Build Gazebo Walls

For ease of construction, the gazebo walls can be built as separate units, and then added to the gazebo foundation. Lay out the 4 by 4s and attach the upper lintel railing and bottom stretcher to each of the uprights. Position in place on the gazebo foundation and attach with appropriate hardware.

Step 3 - Build and Install Roofing

Build the king post by laminating several pieces of wood together to form a 6 by 6 inch octagon. This is the center of the roof to which first the hip rafters attach, and then the headers and stub rafters. Notch each rafter to fit snugly into the upper lintel stretcher and cut appropriate angles so that they fit snugly to the King Post and rafter headers.

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