Building a Metal Roof Gazebo

In this yard, a family needs a gazebo. Our backyard sees the sun rise, gets it all day, and sees the sun set, so it’s “death valley” in the backyard on hot days. We’ve planted trees, but none of them is big enough to give shade yet.

After our last debacle adventure with getting a gazebo, I was determined to protect the next one the best I could. It needed to be solid and it needed to be nailed down. This was getting serious.

We didn’t buy a new one after the last one blew away, and decided instead to save up and buy a really good one. So in the spring of 2014 we bought the 13′ Sunjoy Pavilion Hardtop Gazebo on sale from Canadian Tire.

13′ Sunjoy Pavilion Hardtop Gazebo
What they said it looks like

Even though this thing weighs 550 lbs and has a vent at the top, I am not taking any chances.

I called a contractor to dig down below the frost line and put in 6 cement footings 12″ across each. Oh yeah. Had to do the “call before you dig” and everything.

Not messing around!
Not messing around!

The contractor did a good job of getting the top of the footings level, I was actually really surprised by how much difference there was in the level of the grass – the slope did not look that big to me.

 

Keep the roof off until it's in place
Keep the roof off until it’s in place

My father and a friend of the family very, very kindly offered to help set it up. We built the gazebo and left the roof off to move it. The roof is the heaviest part so this was essential. We moved the gazebo onto the footings and discovered someone had measured wrong. Yeah, the footings were wide of the gazebo legs by as much as a 12″ difference. That was a fun afternoon.

So we made it work.

Making it work
Making it work

3 legs are fully on the footings, 1 is half on, and 2 are on some paving stones I found that were just the right size. With some work, we got them all level.

We screwed bolts into the footings and used airplane wire to secure the gazebo to the footings. For the legs that didn’t make it on to the footings, we screwed the bolts to the side of the footings and then used the airplane wire to secure it to the gazebo off to the side. It works.

Really making it work
Really making it work

So then we had to put the roof on and do the finishing touches

Father and hubby, hard at work putting the roof on
Father and hubby, hard at work putting the roof on

Then finally – shade!

We have Shade!
We have Shade!

I found some big paving stones on sale for a song so I bought them all. There was JUST enough.

Just enough paving stones
Just enough paving stones

And it’s done – finally we have somewhere comfortable to sit.

Finished gazebo

 

And we can even sit outside in the evening without getting eaten alive!

Playing cards and enjoying the outside
Playing cards and enjoying the outside

 

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