Workshops

 

Our upcoming Workshop – Gazebo Building simplified will be held on 28th May at Bunnings Oakleigh.

Our workshops are proudly conducted in partnership with Sydney Permit Approved Property Website Permit Ready which competes in a similar niche to the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.

 

Gazebo Building Simplified

Gazebos are an elegant centrepiece to any greenspace, but finding a pre-assembled gazebo constructed with sustainable materials may not appeal to the eco-minded. This is naturally a job for those willing to engage in the age old practice of DIY. In fact, an intense aversion to placing plastic or chemically treated wood structures in the yard is natural: these materials are going to effect their immediate surroundings. Run off from rain will place chemicals in the soil and hot sunny days will mean an evapotarated coctail of gazebo chemicals will likely be inhaled liberally. In economic terms, constructing a gazebo from found materials also means that the price of this gazebo won’t break the bank. Listed below are a few ideas on how to construct that dream eco gazebo, from conceptualization to execution.

1. Brainstorm
This is the easy part, but shouldn’t be taken lightly nonetheless. When planning, take into consideration the materials that one has on hand, or the materials that one is willing to buy. Climate is also an important consideration. Older, rustic woods that have not been treated make an excellent choice. These can easily be sanded later. Straw and bamboo are also good choices for gazebo roofing as these will block light, but also stay aerated. If one is living in a wet environment, it may be best to stick to a wood construction, as straw and bamboo can mold.

2. Preparing the Site
The first step in gazebo construction is levelling the site where the structure will sit. If building a classic model this means that the structure will likely involve columns which are set concrete. For an even more sustainable approach, one can also use clay. Columns can then be set into this foundation and allowed to set, without shifting due to unstable ground. Get the roof supports ready. You can run these through support columns, and connect them in the center with an X fitting that is available in most any hardware store around.

3. Creating the Frame
This really depends on the type of materials chosen, but after the ground work has been taken care of, then it is time to build in the floor of the gazebo. This isn’t a mandatory step, as some gazebos are simply a roof that is supported by columns. However, for those who are looking for a more classic gazebo structure, start by building a frame over the concrete or clay foundation if wanting to lay wooden slats, or even use tile for an exotic look. Adding embellishments such as banisters can be accomplished with a good old nail and hammer.

4. Installing the Roof
After the other hard work has been finished, it is now time to install the roof. If Using bamboo or straw, make sure that the frame is able to support the amount of material needed for complete coverage. This is important as roof support makes the structure safe. Once common choice for gazebo roofing is latticed wood. This is because the wood is flexible and can provide coverage in the fall and summer season, when the gazebo will be used the most. Trailing plants such as ivy can be grown near the roof in order to create a natural cover over time. This is also an excellent choice for easy coverage with little fuss.