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Old 02-10-2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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I was looking at options for a gazebo to put on my large ground level deck. The temporary ones seem too flimsy and the pre-built ones are too expensive, so I am considering building my own. Since there's already the deck flooring in place, can I just cut holes into the decking and put the 4x4 supports into the ground set in concrete? Or should I attempt to just build a freestanding structure that sits directly on the deck? A square shape seems much easier to create than a circular one.

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Does anyone have any good ideas?

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I think that most jurisdictions that you would deal with (Building departments) would want you NOT to put it on the deck itself. The load of a new structure was not originally designed for the deck.

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You really should check in with your local building inspector. As Andy indicated, they can be very particular about what you put on your deck. If you plan to support the gazebo via posts set on the ground, they will likely need a concrete footing with a standoff bracket (such as the type Simpson makes) to support the posts, but again your building inspector will no doubt have some ideas.
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I would stay away from octagon shaped gazebo. Its not a fun diy project.
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