First off, what’s the difference between a Gazebo, Pavilion and a Pergola?
The main difference between a pergola and a gazebo is the function of the roof. A gazebo and a pavilion provide full coverage from the sun, while a pergola allows for sunlight to shine through its slatted roof. Typically, a pergola provides partial shelter and shade over a garden, pathway, or patio. The criss-crossed wooden roof is an optimal space for plants and vines to climb. Meanwhile, a gazebo is a covered, designated for seating area in the yard that offers more protection from the elements. Once deciding on a Gazebo or Pergola here are some next things to consider.
Who will build it?
You, handyman friends, or hired help?
Are you a DIY’er who is adventurous enough to give it try yourself? Congratulations because this is the most rewarding option. We have carefully detailed instructions to help you along the way, and our support staff is always here for you online 9am – 5pm Mon- Fri. to help you every step of the way if you need it. (check out some of the tools you’ll need) Think of it like a new challenge to master. Are you up for the challenge?
Keep in mind that nearing the end of the build and when installing the roof you will need 2 extra set of hands, but that’s what handyman friends are for right?!
If you do end up hiring help, you can expect approximately 2 full working days.
If going alone allow yourself 2 full weekends (4 days) just to be on the safe time, but the payout will be worth it.
Here are just a few testimonials about how long some DIY’ers took to build it.
“We purchased our Gazebo from Costco in anticipation of constructing it at a new property. We kept it stored for several months and moved it with us from Bend, OR to Boise, ID. Once we relocated to Boise, we had a concrete slab and other concrete work done as we designed our backyard with the Gazebo in mind. It took two of us approx. 40 man-hours to complete. It was not too difficult but the instructions left us guessing at times.”
– Stan, Boise, ID.
“We have installed the 12×14 Yardistry Gazebo on out expanded back patio area. Due to the incredible quality, fit and finish of the Gazebo, we completely remodelled our back yard so we now have our own little piece of paradise only feet away from our sliding glass door. With the help of my lovely wife, we assembled the Gazebo roof sections in the garage and ultimately erected the structure over the course of a weekend.”
– Mark & Kathy Nicholson, Redding, California
This Gazebo is excellent. The instruction, video and your help desk was super, couldn’t ask for more. I will say this was not an easy task. This project took about 40 to 50 man hours to complete. I’m no Bob the builder, but you need to be handy before attempting this Gazebo challenge. The key to this project is making sure its levelled and that the measurements are on point. The end result is a beautiful Gazebo. Looking forward to a wonderful summer this year.
– Eddy, Staten Island
After getting our gazebo assembled we decided it would be nice to have a counter/bar for serving food as to not clutter up the table when we dine. It was easy to assemble, the directions were very good and we are very satisfied with this purchase and will enjoy it for years to come. FYI: We did have to stain everything to match our Home Owners Associations regulations so that’s why it is darker than shown in the advertising pictures.
– Jay, Reidville, SC
Building Permits & Under Ground Utilities.
The next thing to consider is building permits and any under ground utilities. Check with your local building codes to see if the size of the structure you are looking at is okay to place in your yard. In most cases, if the structure is less than 100 square feet you will not need special permissions, however, it is always better to double check. Some towns require a certain distance between the structure and the road or utility poles, etc. If you are digging to install your foundation, call your local utility company to ensure that you can dig without hitting a water, sewer, or electrical line. Any permanent gazebo structure must have a foundation that has proper water drainage and it must be anchored to concrete footers. If bolting it to your deck, use metal strapping to secure it to the beams of the deck. Since gazebos vary so much in size, design, and assembly, it is best to follow our Instruction Manuals.
Always consider things like rain-fall drainage, location of the sun and where you will provide shade, snow and ice collection and strong winds.
*We recommend applying a water sealant approximately 3 months after assembly and on a yearly basis after that. This will help maintain the wood and protect against weathering. We do not recommend using an oil based product. For more information on this contact our support team.
Your Personal Style.
The best part about owing a Gazebo or Pergola is that it reflects your own personal unique style.
You can get as creative as you want, remember that not everyone owns a Gazebo “Yet” so you might be the first amongst your friends or neighbours have one. But they will all thank you for the longer enjoyable days and evenings outside. You can read some backyard stories other customers have shared.
Lastly, don’t forget about your an increase in your property value!
A lesser known secret is also how a Gazebo can actually help to increase your property value, you can read more this here.