Our new gazebo is up and ready to use! Builder Bob did a fantastic job of making sure it is stable and secure. I don’t think we have to worry about the wind blowing it away!
I am so happy to finally have a place to sit in our backyard that isn’t in the sun. I hope you enjoy seeing what we did.
About two weeks ago our outdoor gazebo came in the mail, it is amazing what we are now ordering online.
Builder Bob started to set it up and in no time at all realized how uneven our yard was. Within 5 minutes part of the frame broke as his assistant (me) couldn’t keep one corner from falling. I am so glad he is good at fixing things!
At this point, we were wondering how this gazebo would hold up in a wind storm. If you get my newsletter, you might remember that we were laughing at this point because in the directions it says to “take the gazebo down after each use” – like that is going to happen!
The weather was still cold and rainy so we decided not to go any further until we figured out how to keep it from blowing away. I’m not crazy about sitting in the grass and had already said I was going to pull our indoor/outdoor rug out of storage and place it on the ground.
Well, obviously this was going to be a lumpy mess!
10′ x 12′
We were supposed to be building our addition this spring – my quilt studio but we haven’t sold our river house yet and with everything going on with the economy right now we decided it wasn’t a good time to go in debt.
There are no trees in our backyard and the sun is blazing all day long. Sitting in the sun no longer appeals to me so we wanted someplace to sit outside this summer and then we will take it down when we build.
Spending a lot of money seemed crazy for something temporary so we bought a soft top canopy gazebo without the screening for bugs. If it is buggy….I’m going inside!
Builder Bob builds a deck
Builder Bob is good at building so he headed to the lumber store and bought wood to build a temporary deck. Normally you would use treated lumber for the frame but this will be torn down by next spring (hopefully) so to keep the cost down he just used regular 2x4s.
He does such good work!
Securing the gazebo
Next was the exciting part! Moving the gazebo onto the deck and then attaching the top canopy. Thankfully our neighbor came over and helped.
Notice how Builder Bob made the deck the exact size of the gazebo? Pretty neat! There were six holes on each corner and he was able to screw the gazebo to the deck very securely.
We also get a lot of wind and our back yard faces west so adding a sun shade was essential. I found one that was tan to match the canopy top. It is 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall. I have since found out that the company sells wider ones so who knows, I may buy one later as there is one 12 feet wide by 6 feet tall for only a couple dollars more than the size I bought.
Hmm, I must have drank too many glasses of wine the night I ordered it and missed the option to change to a larger size.
I love it as it really cuts down on the wind and does a great job of shading us. Yep, looking at the picture below….I’m ordering the wider sun screen.
Our indoor/outdoor rug from the river house deck was too big for this gazebo so I had to search for one online that would fit. While waiting for it to be delivered we put a small rug on the deck for Miss Sadie.
The rugs I like are made from olefin and feels just like a rug you would use inside. The one we used on our deck at the river house is several years old and still looks wonderful, I pulled out this old photo to show you the rug on the river deck. That rug is 11′ x 14′. I sure miss that deck and view!
7′ 5″ x 10′ rug
I couldn’t find the rug I just bought but it came from costco.com and it is always hard to search on their website. Much easier to just go to the store and cheaper. Here is an indoor/outdoor rug of olefin that is similar to what I bought. If you are wondering about the durability of the rug – here is information about it.
Durable olefin yarns are mold, mildew, and fade resistant. Not to mention easy care – simply sweep, vacuum, or hose off for a more thorough cleaning.
The rug came yesterday and we couldn’t wait to put it down! It is the Easy Living Indoor/Outdoor 2-pack Rug Set in Sagewood and is 7’5″X10′. There is also a runner that is 2’X6′.
We went to a local hardware store and bought some pavers for a little path, some plants, and mulch. I’ll let the pavers sit there for a couple of days then remove them and cut out the sod so I can make them level with the grass so it will be easy to mow over them.
The flower pots are each sitting on a paver also. I planted a spike plant, vinca, and geraniums.
I couldn’t do a post and not show Mr. Mickey, this also shows you the nap on the rug. He is definitely NOT an outdoor dog! Within minutes he wants back in the house….I think I was asking him that when I took this photo.
Cost of DIY Outdoor Gazebo
Here is a break down of the cost. The enjoyment we will get out of the outdoor gazebo this summer will be priceless!
- 10′ x 12′ Gazebo – $300
- Lumber for deck – $300
- 8′ x6′ Sun screen – $45
- Olefin indoor/outdoor rug from Costco – $190
- Pavers – $40
I hope you have enjoyed this post, so many of you wrote to me after my newsletter went out saying that you had a similar gazebo and how important it was to secure it. I also found out that you can order replacement canopies on Amazon in case yours has ripped.
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