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Old 03-20-2007, 09:28 PM
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Outdoor Gazebo/Pergola

I just bought a new house and am interested in building a gazebo/pergola in the back yard. I am relatively handy and am considering taking on this project myself. Is it really that difficult, or should I consult a professional?? I am considering a size of 12x16 and would put a picnic table and perhaps a couple of hammocks under it and then cover the area with white sand. Has anyone built such a creature? I'd love to see some pics of different outdoor living space you guys might have.

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Old 03-20-2007, 09:49 PM
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Ever see the "Kids in the Hall" episode where the low life neighbors steal the old ladies gazebo? Its absolutely hilarious! one of the best skits I ever saw.
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:56 PM
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Tom,

Unlike my friend from the north I can offer a little help
http://www.gazebodepot.com/

Make sure you get the hurricane proof version for obvious reasons.

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Old 03-20-2007, 10:09 PM
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Are you leaning toward gazebo or pergola? If you want to frame your own gazebo, it is tricky. I'd pay someone or buy a kit. A pergola is do-able if you're handy.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:12 PM
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Are you leaning toward gazebo or pergola? If you want to frame your own gazebo, it is tricky. I'd pay someone or buy a kit. A pergola is do-able if you're handy.

Leaning more towards a Pergola......it dosen't look that difficult to build.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:31 PM
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Tom,

Unlike my friend from the north I can offer a little help
http://www.gazebodepot.com/

Make sure you get the hurricane proof version for obvious reasons.

Good Luck - Steve
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:39 PM
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Leaning more towards a Pergola......it dosen't look that difficult to build.
I agree, it's not that difficult. If you are handy, you can build a pergola. A gazebo would be difficult for an experienced carpenter. Difficult might not be the right word, but they are a little tricky.

I've never build a pergola, but have plenty of carpentry experience. I'd build the top of the pergola on the ground and then raise it and set the posts under it. Unless it is prohibitively large and heavy. Certainly there is a bit more to it, but that's how I'd go about it. Trying to set and level posts and then mount everything would be too many moving parts, so to speak.
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I just bought a new house and am interested in building a gazebo/pergola in the back yard. I am relatively handy and am considering taking on this project myself. Is it really that difficult, or should I consult a professional?? I am considering a size of 12x16 and would put a picnic table and perhaps a couple of hammocks under it and then cover the area with white sand. Has anyone built such a creature? I'd love to see some pics of different outdoor living space you guys might have.

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Tom, where's the hot tub gonna go?!?!?!?Gotta have one of those in it.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:51 PM
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Tom, where's the hot tub gonna go?!?!?!?Gotta have one of those in it.
Hot tub is built into my pool up by the house. The pergola would go about 40 feet from the edge of the lake. I figured it would be a cool area to hang out when we have friends over to ski/boat, etc.
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:32 AM
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Well, I finished my pergola last weekend, just in time for my son's 6th birthday that we hosted at our house. It was relatively easy to build and only took me two weekends to complete.

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