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Old 04-12-2011, 11:55 PM   #1
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I am wanting to build a outdoor roofed/covered kitchen in my backyard. I want to make the covered gazebo 15ft x 15ft. I have a designated area of 17ft x 17ft where the structure will go. The problem is that 1/4 of the gazebo already has a slab of concrete from the previous owner. I plan to pour the remaining slab by next week. Now my problem is that I'm not sure what to use for columns. Should I use steel, wood, or concrete? I'm aware that I need to check building codes but I would really like to use just 4 support columns for the 15x15 square structure. The roof will be wood framed with shingles.

1. Should I use steel columns if I only want to do 4 columns? Would concrete anchors/screws be enough to hold the columns down to the slab of concrete? How thick of steel column do I need? Is 5"x5"x 1/8" thickness good enough? Or should I have bigger steel columns with 1/2" thickness?

2. Should I use 6x6 wood posts? Would 4 6x6 wood columns be strong enough to support the 15x15 wood framed roof with shingles? How would I attach the 6x6 bases to the concrete slab?

3. Lastly, are concrete blocks my best bet. Would 4 concrete columns be enough? How would I attach the concrete blocks to my slab? I obviously would have to fill the blocks with cement and rebar after creating the columns so I'm not sure if this is an expensive route.

Obviously I'm looking for most affordable route but I also want what would be best so please help me with this dilemma. What should I use as columns and how do I attach them to the concrete slab. I'm located in Miami, FL and would greatly appreciate the best place to purchase the columns. Thanks

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Anybody have any recommendations?

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Anybody please? lol
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Your location would be good to know -
and, a picture of the existing site.
Have you checked concerning local building codes/requirements?
If you're going to put up a roofed, structure of that size -
you're probably going to need pads/piers/footings... under your
columns.
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You'll probably need a permit and plans to get the permit. There are a number of choices for the poles.
6x6's
6x6's wrapped in stone
6x6's wrapped in cedar, or another wood.
Unless you're in earthquake or tornado country, I don't think you'd need steel.
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Undoubtedly you will need plans, let me see I can remember the name of the guy I use for plans...hmmm..... oh ya.

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I'm located in Miami, FL so I'm definitely not in tornado or earthquake country lol

how would I attach the 6x6's to the concrete slab? would 4 6x6's be enough or would I need 8?
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I'm located in Miami, FL so I'm definitely not in tornado or earthquake country lol

how would I attach the 6x6's to the concrete slab? would 4 6x6's be enough or would I need 8?
Hurricanes. The point is, you'll have stricter guidelines there, then here on LI.
You need to draw up plans and submit them to the building dept for guidance and approval.
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You do not put your posts on a slab, fo sho'.

Footings.

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