The backyard garden is no less than the source of pride and joy for many people. If you’re one of those people and have a bit of everything in your backyard but the constant sunlight is the problem, then building a small gazebo can be a great idea.
Probably the easiest and fastest way is to build a flat-roof wooden gazebo, especially if you’re a beginner. Not only does it require less cutting and construction work, but it also allows you to save a lot of time and money.
This article discusses the step-by-step guide to building a flat-roof wooden gazebo for your backyard. Make sure that you follow each step carefully to avoid all the troubles and unwanted situations.
Can You Build a Gazebo In Your Backyard?
Most states allow you to build any structure you want on your property. However, some places have laws in place and you’ll need a permit before starting your project. That’s why it’s important to contact your local homeowner to make sure whether you need official permission or not and process accordingly.
You might also need to call 811 to contact your utility companies so that they can mark where the gas, water, and electric lines are located beneath your backyard.
Steps to Build a Flat Roof Wooden Gazebo!
It’s critical to plan out your project properly before you start gathering the required material and tools. It includes allocating your budget, choosing the right spot in your backyard, figuring out how much time you can give to your project daily or weekly, and so on.
Planning will allow you to work on your project most efficiently that’ll save both time and effort. Once the planning phase is completed, you can follow the steps listed below to start your project.
Step 1: Find the Most Suitable Design
Unless you’re an artist, you’ll need to go online to choose the most suitable design for your DIY project. You’ll also need to figure out the right measurements depending upon the space that you can use for a gazebo in your backyard.
Make sure that you consider the weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, snow, and wind while choosing the design. Based on your climate conditions, the choice of material will also vary. For example, going with the thick timber will suit you if you live somewhere where it snows heavily.
Step 2: Get the Required Parts, Material, and Tools
After finalizing the design, the next step is to gather all the parts, materials, and tools that are required to build your wooden gazebo. Make sure that you stick to your allocated budget because it’s easy to get tempted while buying the parts.
The tools that you’ll need to build your gazebo can vary depending upon the material you selected. Generally, the following set of tools will be enough while working on a wooden gazebo project.
- Screws and nails (the number depends upon your selected design)
- Gravel, sand, and cement to build the gazebo floor
- Safety glasses and gloves
- Drill machine and electric screwdriver for convenience
- Metal supports
- Circular saw
- Pencil or marker
- Spirit level
- Power mixer
Step 3: Build the Floor
Once you have all the parts, materials, and tools, the next step is to start building the floor for your wooden gazebo. Wood and concrete are two of the most common and durable materials that you can use.
Regardless of the material you decide to use, make sure that you select the spot that has an even surface. If it doesn’t then you’ll need to make it even to ensure the safety and appearance of the entire structure and don’t forget to clear and mark the area.
You’ll need to pour the concrete into the selected area and use a squeegee with a long handle to level the surface. It’s a time-consuming task and you’ll also need to leave the concrete for about 24 to 48 hours to dry.
If you’re going with a wooden floor then you’ll need to cut the panels and place them in series. You can achieve it within hours because all you need is to connect the panels with nails.
You can also use glue to attach the panels with each other more securely but in this case, you’ll need to leave it for 4 to 8 hours to dry. If you find any gaps between the wooden panels, then consider using tar and silicon to fill them up.
Step 4: Build the Posts
After building the floor for your gazebo, the next step is to build the posts. If you have used concrete then you can start working on this task while the concrete dries. Generally, you’ll need 4 posts for a wooden gazebo but it depends upon the size that you selected.
Make sure that each post is at least 10 feet in height and then mark out a perfect square on the floor. You’ll need to use a drill machine to make holes on each corner of the square as well as at the end of each post.
First, you’ll need to attach metal supports to each post by using the bolts and then attach each post to the floor as well. Resultantly, you’ll have 4 wooden posts (supports) on each corner of the square you marked.
There is another way to attach the posts to the floor but you’ll need to use a post hole digger. It’ll allow you to anchor the posts inside the floor by using additional cement. This process will undoubtedly take more time but you’ll end up with more sturdy supports for your gazebo.
Step 5: Install the Bracing Beams
Installing the bracing beams is critical if you use metal supports to connect the posts to the floor. It’ll provide your posts with additional support because these bracing beams will work as stabilizers. You’ll need to install bracing beams perpendicular to the posts and it’s important to use large bolts into each beam’s center and through the post.
You can skip this step if you anchor the posts into the floor and secure them with cement and metal supports.
Step 6: Build the Roof
As mentioned, building a flat roof is a lot easier as compared to other types of roofs such as rafters. All you need is to place multiple wood panels in series and connect them together with metal supports or nails.
The first step to building a flat roof is to cut 4 panels that will connect the top sides of the posts by making a square. Then you’ll need to place the wood panels on top of that square in a series form with the help of a ladder.
Make sure that you use treated wood, especially for the roof that can withstand harsh weather conditions. You can also use different materials with waterproofing capabilities like lacquer, varnish, or polyurethane sealants if you’re a DIY enthusiast.
Another important step that many people overlook is installing ceiling joints. You’ll need to use 8 diagonal beams (2 with each post) to hold the roof as well as the entire frame more securely in place. They’ll provide your gazebo with extra structural support that will come in handy during high winds.
Step 7: Add Finishing Touches
Once you have completed the general structure of your flat roof wooden gazebo, then you can add finishing touches to make it look beautiful. You can paint the entire gazebo with a color that complements your house’s theme.
You can also add furniture or any other item that you like to have inside your gazebo. You can also add an insulation board to the roof that’ll provide you with a cool environment.
Advantages of Flat Roof Wooden Gazebo
The biggest advantage that a flat roof for a wooden gazebo brings to the table is the expense. You’ll need to use less material and it also takes less time and energy to build a flat roof. In the long run, you’ll also need to spend fewer resources on maintenance as well.
Will a Flat Roof Wooden Gazebo Add Value to Your House?
More often than not, any improvements you make to your property to make it a better place for living boosts its value. Building a beautiful gazebo to your backyard can be a unique addition to your property that other homes in your community may not have.
This unique feature will make your house stand out and resultantly its value will increase. People want to spend time outside with their families while retaining their privacy.
Everyone enjoys talking or relaxing in a nice setting. You can easily find tons of gazebo designs available on the market. All you need to do is to choose the design and use the steps discussed in this guide to construct one in your own house using simple equipment.
Not to mention you can complete building a flat roof wooden gazebo within a matter of a few days. Just make sure that you follow each step carefully. Happy building.