A gazebo is not something one expects to see in someone’s backyard or garden, in many regions being more popular in areas like public parks or party venues. Still, that doesn’t make a wooden gazebo an inappropriate addition to a private home’s outdoor area. In fact, everyone would love it if they had their own gazebo to enjoy with family and friends so instead of conforming yourself to dreaming about, how about you build your own DIY gazebo and make the most of what summer has to offer? Let the following projects inspire you.
A traditional gazebo always has a base which is a platform which extends all around it, sometimes forming a sort of small deck which frames the gazebo and mimics its shape or that of the roof. This part has to be planned in detail and carefully executed because it’s literally at the base of everything else. Check out this project on imgur to find out how this octagon-shaped gazebo platform was built.
Of course, it’s not mandatory to give your gazebo a platform base or to even include all the other structural elements that a traditional gazebo has. A cool interpretation of a wooden gazebo is featured on imgur and only includes a simple frames built around a firepit with swings hanging around it. It’s a very casual and fun idea to which you can add a roof or additional features that would make your own fire pit gazebo better suited for you and your garden.
Don’t let the fact that you have a small backyard discourage you from building your own wooden gazebo. Since this is a DIY project you can make it as small as you want and adapt the design by either adding or removing features based on the context and your needs. We really love this project from instructables, the design in particular. The floating benches are a nice touch and the lattice makes everything come together nicely. Additional features and ornaments can be added later on and this includes hanging planters as well as other creative ideas that can make your garden gazebo stand out from other similar projects.
If you plan on using your new gazebo as a cozy retreat where you can go to read a book, enjoy your morning coffee or socialize with small groups of people while enjoying a nice view and the breezy weather, spending some time planning a few extra design details would be well worth it. We think you’ll enjoy this particular project from theclassicarchives. It’s a bit more complex than the others, with many great additions that we think could inspire you. We like the breezy curtains in particular as they add character to the gazebo and they give it a bohemian appearance.
On the other hand, if you’re not planning to entertain large groups of people and you’d much rather keep the gazebo just for yourself, there’s no point making it any bigger than it needs to be. A simplified version of a wooden gazebo with a small platform, a cute gabled roof and some basic furniture would do the trick. You can hang some cute planters or paint your gazebo to make it look more cheerful. Check out this youtube video to find out more about it.
The level of difficulty that building a garden or patio gazebo involves is dependant on the type of design, structure and all the different features you choose to include. Usually the main steps are to create a sketch and a plan, to gather all the materials and tools needed and then to build the gazebo starting with the base. The whole process is explained on instructables and that’s also where you can find the plans for this particular DIY gazebo.
Although not absolutely necessary, you can add railings to your gazebo if you want to give it a more contained and authentic look while also giving it added privacy. You can add these at the very end, once all the other pieces are in place. Check out this very detailed tutorial complete with lots of great tips on how to build your own gazebo on thehomesteadingboards. Feel free to add your own personal touch to the design and to add more features if necessary.
There are many different design options and styles to choose from for your DIY gazebo project so take your time and do some research before making a final decision. It’s also important to consider things like underground utilities, local building codes, location and placement before you focus on the design, size or shape of the gazebo. Making a to do list can be helpful at this stage. Figure out what your priorities are and every once in a while take a step back to look at the big picture before you get lost in all the details. Find out more useful tips from treatedwood.
You can also use a gazebo as a source of inspiration for your project without actually following all the steps and including all the elements such a structure usually involves. The result would be a hybrid structure uniquely designed to suit your specific needs. In this case, the goal was to build a protective frame around an outdoor dining area and while the lattice fence has a gazebo-inspired look, everything else is quite neutral. Check out this youtube video to find out more about the project.
Building a garden gazebo is quite similar to building a tiny cabin, with less focus on the walls since gazebos are open to their surroundings to a certain degree. Putting together the base and the frame is the most important and most time-consuming part of the project and things can get a bit more complicated if you choose a more sculptural design as opposed to something very basic. Still, it can all be done successfully, making this one of the greatest DIY projects ever. Check out this YouTube video to see how this particular gazebo was built.