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Engineering Plans: Gazebos

THE PERFECT GAZEBO DESIGN

With proper planning, a gazebo can by your sanctuary.

A gazebo can serve many purposes, Whether you’re looking to relax, upgrade your style, or host outside events, a gazebo could be the solution.

Read on to discover a vast array of gazebo information, resources, and plans. Browse through pre-engineered gazebo design plans that will connect you to manufacturers & dealers and purchase these permit-ready plans or customize them to save time & money on your next project.

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Key Lesson

What Is A Gazebo?

The word gazebo implies a more traditional approach to freestanding outdoor space coverings. More traditionally octagonal or round in roof shape, gazebos are mostly understood to have solid, non-fabric roofs and can have some, but not all, enclosed sides.

Design

In terms of design, gazebos are typically constructed with wood posts & beams, although steel and aluminum are not uncommon. Commercial gazebos are constructed with heavier timber or steel, sometimes wood-wrapped, to handle larger design loads.

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Use these plans as a starting point for your enjoyable outdoor living space.

Contact the plan manufacturer, order certified plans for permit, or speak with a design professional to modify the base design. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gazebos

A gazebo is typically defined as a freestanding outdoor solid roof covering with open or some enclosed sides.  They are traditionally octagonal or round in shape.

A pergola is an outdoor structure also designed to withstand wind, rain, and snow, but is typically porous with open framework.

Visit our Pergola Page for more inspiring pergola design ideas.

A gazebo is typically defined as a freestanding outdoor solid roof covering with open or some enclosed sides.  They are traditionally octagonal or round in shape.

An awning is typically a fabric covering & can be retractable.  Awnings are typically cantilevered from structures but can also be freestanding or host-attached and supported.  In many building codes, it’s typical to allow fabric to be removable for high wind events and designed to a lesser standard to meet code.

Commercial gazebos  are typically designed to higher wind, snow, live & dead loads than residential gazebos as defined by code.  They frequently require engineering shop drawing design for permit and building department review, whereas residential canopies may be DIY or held to lesser standards of permit & inspection by building departments.  Consult your local building department before building your canopy to determine the loading design and permitting requirements.  We always recommend you contact a design professional to properly assess & design your site specific needs.

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