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Basic Gazebo Construction

Some gazebos sit on concrete slabs or patios; others have built-up floors that rest on a series of footings. Each type has its advantages.

A concrete slab can be formed and cast in a day for a relatively low cost, particularly if you provide the labor. But casting concrete can be a challenge for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers.

A built-up floor is more attractive than a slab but can require exacting carpentry skills. A built-up floor also sits a little higher above the ground than a slab.

A gazebo’s posts are fastened to the foundation or a sill of treated 2-by lumber with post anchors. The tops of the posts are secured to the beams by metal hangers or post caps; alternatively, you can toenail through the beams into the posts. Knee braces ensure a more rigid structure.

The rafters radiate outward from a central hub and are joined to the top ends of the posts or to the beams. The gazebo may be capped with either solid or open roofing.

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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