We built our own gazebo, and it has become a favorite spot in our yard. The gazebo was made with log poles and cedar shingles. Pete created the design, and he got a bit of help from friends and family to raise the structure. We spend a lot of time out there now, drinking our morning coffee and listening to the gurgle of the waterfall in the pond. After the gazebo was built, we discovered that it looks almost exactly like the one on the cover of this book – I guess it’s true that great minds think alike. 🙂
Building a garden arbor or gazebo from scratch is a fairly involved process, but it can be done if you have the tools and the time. It also helps if you have more than one person to work on the project.
If you’ve never built a gazebo before, it really helps to read a good book on the subject before you start. (We have several on our shelves). Some of the prettiest books will give you fabulous ideas for designs, but little or no help with actually building the gazebo. Others, like this one, will actually give you the plans and show you how to build the structure.
We chose a rustic look for our gazebo because it sits at the back of our yard, and is framed by the large trees you see in the right of the photo. With the trees behind it, and Dianne’s wonderful garden in front, it looks like it’s been there forever.
We took a video of Dianne’s honeysuckle growing over the arbor that frames our back gate: