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  1. 1. GAZEBOPart 1- Building a GazeboAre you handy? Think you can build a gazebo from scratch? There are plenty of gazebo plansavailable free in libraries and online. There are also blueprints available for fees ranging from$8 to $200. The more expensive gazebo plans are architectural blueprints, which are muchmore specific and best suited to the experienced contractor. But a talented home improvementbuff can make good use of the less expensive options available.A good free gazebo plan is available from the Build Eazy website. There you will find links tocomplete plans for 5 basic gazebos of varying sizes and styles to suit most tastes and uses.There plans are free.There are several things to think about before starting to build a gazebo. You will need somebasic carpentry tools such as a level and a screw gun. You will also need a compound miter sawor sliding compound miter saw. These machines afford the angular cutting abilities you willneed when fashioning the various sections of the gazebo. The sliding version is best for largerpieces of wood.
  2. 2. You can either bolt the gazebo to a concrete slab or pre-existing wood floor, or you can createthe gazebo with a built-in floor. In the latter case, you will need to pour one concrete pier foreach post. Contact your local building department to find out how deep the concrete piersshould be, and whether there are any underground cables you should try to avoid.Three kinds of woods are commonly used to build outdoor structures: pine, cedar, andredwood. Pine is the softest and easiest to work with, but it decomposes the fastest. Cedar andredwood are harder and more expensive, but age well.Alternatively, you can build a metal or vinyl gazebo. But unless you have all the heavymachinery for fabricating the parts, you’ll need to buy a gazebo kit. These come in sections foryou to assemble using the included hardware. A level and a screw gun are usually all that areneeded. You might need help from a buddy, especially for the roof sections.There are lots of options when it comes to building your own gazebo, and you don’t have to bea carpentry star to get really good results. And just think, when you’re done building yourgazebo, you can sit inside it and just enjoy the shade.
  3. 3. Part 2- A Look at Metal GazebosIf you’re looking for the strength, stability, sturdiness, and longevity of a metal gazebo, youhave plenty of options to fit your needs. They come as 4-sided structures, all the way to 12-sided structures, as well as irregular structures like rectangles, ovals, and multi-sectionedshapes. They often boast many flourishes, such as swirling, plant-like shapes. Despite their notbeing made of wood, they have a very graceful feel to them capable of complimenting anyoutdoor setting.Most metal gazebos come in aluminum, or steel and wrought iron. Aluminum is the lessexpensive and more lightweight material. It will do just fine under most circumstances. But ifyou’re looking for a much more permanent structure, steel or wrought iron is your best bet.These metals are much heavier than aluminum and therefore stand up better to hard winds.Another consideration for some consumers is that steel and iron are not likely to be damagedby vandalism. So while steel and iron are more expensive than aluminum, you might savemoney in the long run, because they will last.Most metal gazebos don’t have a contiguous roof to keep off rain or snow. You can either leaveyour metal gazebo that way and appreciate it for its aesthetic value, or you can add a fittedcanopy. These are often made out of a heavy canvass or polymers. This open design meansmetal gazebos are great for displaying plants that hang in pots from the roof or climb like vinesup the sides. Adding plants to a metal gazebo will bring more shade and beauty to the area.
  4. 4. The best part about any metal gazebo is its ability to withstand everything that a wood gazebois prone to. Rot, termites, fading, warping, twisting, chipping, checking, discoloring – theseelements are nothing to a metal gazebo.Thanks For Reading … Good Luck!  Have you ever wanted to create amazing outdoor landscapes for your home? Youll get instant access to over 7000 of the freshest landscaping ideas & videos to help you create your dream landscape... Find Out Here :