Floating Platform For Gazebo - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Display Modes
Old 04-19-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 22
Rewards Points: 14
Default

floating platform for gazebo


My mother in law was wondering if i could build a platform for a gazebo in her back yard. I figured a 12X12 square made with cedar would do the trick.I would like to use a pier foundation for the corners but she doesnt want it to permanent. So for making a stable foundation what should i do. just tamp the ground?
thefatpigeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-19-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default


Where are you located ?



Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-19-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 22
Rewards Points: 14
Default


edmonton alberta canada.
thefatpigeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-19-2010, 07:45 PM   #4
Member
 
kwikfishron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: North Central Kansas
Posts: 11,473
Rewards Points: 470
Default


You don’t want to use Cedar for the deck framing, ok for the decking.

Typically gazebos aren’t square. There are lots of gazebo designs to look at in books and online. Mother-in-law should pick out something, at least close to what she wants in her yard and then you can decide how to build (the deck for) it.

Will you be building the gazebo?

If yes, you need to know what the end result will be before you know were to start.

If no, and someone else will build the gazebo they would (I know I would) want to do it from the ground up.
__________________
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Especially In The DIY Chatroom
kwikfishron is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 11:29 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 22
Rewards Points: 14
Default


Ya. pt wood for the framing, cedar planks for the deck. She is just going to buy a structure. more like a canopy. She wants the hard surface to put it on. She wants it non permanent but so that it is stable. I figured i would build the framing then pound stakes into the ground to stop it from shifting. What i want to know is how to prepare the base. the ground is fairly uneven so ill have to dig it up. once its dug up can i just tamp the soil level and it will be stable?
thefatpigeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2010, 02:18 PM   #6
Newbie Bill
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,106
Rewards Points: 534
Default


I would dig out the soil that you need to obtain a level area. You should however, keep drainage in mind. You don't want the water to pool under the gazebo. It all depends on the location. So you may have to excavate so that there is a slight slope to the ground.

I wouldn't worry about ground stability unless this is a huge gazebo.

Then I would lay down landscape fabric and top with gravel. This is where you can compensate for the slope you left in the ground. Then I would build the frame from PT lumber and have that sit on the gravel. Make sure the frame is level and then build the gazebo on that.

I don't think Edmonton has a permit requirement for a gazebo, but I would check out the City's website just in case.
__________________
Bill

A DIY Noob that knows just enough to be dangerous.
drtbk4ever is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Engineered, floating hardwood or glue-down gosooners Flooring 5 04-22-2009 12:26 AM
floating a fishing platform with 250 gal. propane tanks catfish Building & Construction 17 02-01-2009 03:39 PM
Platform across a 9 foot span Hogan-s Carpentry 1 09-19-2008 07:46 AM
Installing an island on floating engineered wood floor funktional Flooring 11 03-14-2008 06:19 AM
Interior, Free Standing Platform MrLinux Building & Construction 6 02-07-2008 11:00 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts