DIY summer houses: 7 original ideas

What could be more comfortable than a warm family circle, when after a working day everyone dines at the same table or has a tea on a weekend, and even in the fresh air? What can be a carefree friendly party with a kebab wine in the back of the cottage, under the thick crowns of trees? Where can you be alone with yourself, relax in solitude and enjoy the silence? Nothing will create so many scenarios for relaxation as a garden gazebo, the very name of which contains the most joyful moments of life - conversations - communication with family and friends, unity with nature. Particularly enjoyable is spending time in a place lovingly built with your own hands.

General principles of self-construction

The construction of the gazebo is a completely affordable task for those who know how to tinker a bit and are ready to show creativity and imagination. Initially, choose a good place for construction and prepare a site for development. After going through a somewhat painstaking phase of laying the foundation, think over the design of the frame, based on the idea of ​​arranging the structure and the selected material for its implementation. Erect walls if you want the structure to be more closed, or build low fences if you want to achieve airiness of the structure.

The final stage of construction is the formation of the roof, for which you can use a wide range of materials - from bituminous tiles and polycarbonate, to reeds and wooden shingles. And the last - the interior decoration should stylistically overlap with the architectural solution, for which it is better to use materials of natural origin present in the decoration of the walls. So, where to start independent construction?

Stage # 1 - choose a location

Depending on the purpose for which the gazebo is being built - for a secluded holiday or for a noisy feast, family tea parties or candlelit dinners, this building is either erected in close proximity to the main house, or “hides” in a remote corner of the garden.

It is very important that such a small architectural form fits seamlessly into the landscape of the garden plot and supports the style decision of the main house. This is especially significant if a place in an open area is chosen that is close enough to the main building. A gazebo, lost in the depths of the garden, can exist outside of the home - here it is only important that it is in harmony with the natural environment - trees, shrubs, ponds and lawns.

Well, of course, make sure that the view opens up from the structure - it can be a pond, a flower bed, a group of trees, a view into the depths of a forest or meadow adjacent to your site.

A gazebo made of stone with a reed roof seemed to always stand in this place, organically merging with a pine forest

The colorful arbor in the form of a pergola made of vines and roots goes well with a slightly abandoned garden, located in the middle of a green lawn

If the gazebo, located in the thick of the garden, is naturally protected from the sun, rain and wind, then its other option, located in the open area of ​​the garden, requires a more thoughtful approach. Here you need to worry about the fact that there is a fence on the leeward side, a wall of the house or a landing in the form of a bush, and paths are laid to the structure itself and nothing prevents it from freely entering.

Stage # 2 - building the foundation and frame

Despite the abundance of original solutions for arranging the gazebo at the cottage or land adjacent to the private house, the construction of the foundation base for such a construction is the most important moment.

The column foundation is the most optimal option for the base under the arbor, which does not require leveling the site and labor-intensive excavation

For such small buildings, simplified types of foundations are used, easily built on their own - tape, columnar, pile, less often - monolithic.

The simplest frame design - from a wooden beam

The frame can be made of wooden beams, metal profiles or fittings. The main condition for the configuration of the gazebo is its openness, airiness, combination with the natural environment, that is, the walls should not be completely deaf, laid out of brick or stone. If only you are not going to have a barbecue in it, then this option will be better.

You can learn more about how to build a garden gazebo with barbecue from the material: postroiki / besedka-s-mangalom-svoimi-rukami.html

Stage # 3 - roofing and roofing

The easiest way is to cover the gazebo with bituminous tiles, as shown in this video example:

The construction technologies for a single-pitched roof are also very well described here, and for a double-pitched roof here.

Extraordinary design ideas for garden gazebos

Option # 1 - a construction of plastic bottles

You may be interested in how to build a gazebo from the most simple materials literally lying under your feet. Take a closer look at ordinary plastic bottles, which seemingly cannot be used anywhere, but it’s a pity to throw them away - all the time it seems that they will come in handy somewhere. You can easily use plastic bottles as a building material, and without any difficulty build the structure yourself.

Here, of course, one cannot do without the obligatory stages of arranging the foundation, frame and roof, which will require both financial and labor costs. The walls of such a gazebo, made of plastic bottles, not only will cost free, but also serve as a good option for protection from the sun and rain.

A contrasting combination of clear and brown plastic bottles accentuates the unusual, colorful country-style gazebo.

It will simplify the task of construction by creating a foundation of finished metal screw piles that can be screwed into the ground on your own, equipping the base under the arbor literally within one day. The frame will most easily be made of a metal profile - a corner, square or pipe, welding structural elements with a welding machine.

Plastic bottles are strung on metal rods, which are then placed between the lower and upper frame of the frame. An important condition for the formation of a harmonious structure is the selection of bottles of the same shape and size, the color can be varied - this will give the arbor a unique flavor.

Also, material on creating ornaments and crafts for the garden from plastic bottles will be useful: dekor / iz-plastikovyx-butylok-dlya-sada.html

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Option # 2 - a gazebo of glass bottles

In addition to plastic bottles, glass containers can also be another unconventional material for construction, which can be purchased for almost nothing at recycling points.

Art Nouveau garden gazebo with flowing forms and lots of glass, lively echoes the famous Gaudi gardens

So, we are building a gazebo from glass bottles. The principle of building construction is the same as that of brick - bottles are stacked in rows, which are fastened together by cement mortar.

Having spilled out your imagination, combining glass bottles of various shapes and colors, you can build an unusual arbor both outside and inside

Bottles are located bottoms outward, and with necks - inside the structure. Given that the bottles are difficult to dock at the corners of the building, they can be used to lay out individual fragments of walls, giving the structure an unusual sound - iridescent glass surfaces will sparkle in the sun like a crystal.

Another unusual idea is the construction of a gazebo in the form of a geodesic dome. Read about it: postroiki / geodezicheskij-kupol-svoimi-rukami.html # i-9

Option # 3 - the construction of the trunks of old trees

An interesting and fairly economical option for a summerhouse for a summer house can be a building using trunks and twigs of old trees.

In the garden there are always obsolete trees that have already ceased to bear fruit and require sawing. Exporting logs is often fraught with difficulties and inevitable costs, but do not rush to get rid of fruit wood - it has beautiful bends of the trunk and texture, which makes it an excellent building material.

The trunk and branches can be cleaned of bark, which is also useful in farming when crushed - it can be used to sprinkle with bushes of plants prone to freezing in the winter, the trunk of the tree will be used to create pillars, and large branches for fencing, railings and balusters. Most likely, one tree will not be enough, you will need two, or maybe three trunks to form four columns with a height of 2.5 m.

The crumpled trunks of old trees with knots and a rough surface used to build a gazebo give it the look of a forest hut

To build this colorful arbor, not only the tree trunk, but also the stumps used to create the columnar foundation were used

Wooden columns are fixed at the corner points of the columnar foundation and are fixed with the help of the lower and upper strapping from the timber. It is desirable to treat old wood with moisture-resistant primers, and also to open with varnish to give the desired color and protect against further drying. A logical continuation of the stylistic decision of the forest “hut on chicken legs” will be a roof made of plant materials - shingles or reed mats.

Option # 4 - from cement mortar

An unusual solution for the garden may be the construction of a gazebo using ordinary cement mortar. The most difficult part in this embodiment is the creation of a rigid frame made of reinforcement, netting or finished reinforcing structures that need to be bent and welded. At the stage of preparing the frame, you can turn to specialized specialists, and then give free rein to imagination.

The unusual tented arbor made of stone and cement mortar resembles a bizarre rock fragment that blends seamlessly into the forest landscape

Having prepared the solution closer to thick, you need to gradually, in small portions, throw it on the reinforcing structure, and after drying, form bizarre shapes of columns and walls of the gazebo. Using the solution, you can simulate the trunks of intertwined trees, vines, fantastic plant forms, creating the image of an exotic plant, as if invented by nature itself.

On hot summer days, a gazebo in the back of the garden near the murmuring waterfall will give the long-awaited coolness and privacy

This design can take on fantastic and unearthly forms, resembling a spaceship, if you use metal parts or fragmentarily expose the reinforcement cage. The roof in this case should be made of metal or plastic - a professional flooring or transparent polycarbonate is suitable.

Option # 5 - from reed mats and vines

A beautiful decoration of a pond, pond or artificial swamp on your site will be garden structures made of reeds, reeds, vines.

The perfect solution for the gazebo is the use of natural materials such as reeds and vines.

From these plant materials can be made as a wall in the form of weaving from the vine, and the roof, which is a plane made of ready-made reed or reed mats. Such a building will naturally merge with the natural environment, especially with water, because reeds and reeds are traditional inhabitants of this environment.

Gazebo on the shore of a pond with a reed roof - an example of a harmonious combination of landscape design with the environment

The use of such plants with a hollow stem for construction is the key to a comfortable microclimate in the gazebo - balanced humidity, protection from heat and effective ventilation.

Option # 6 - a “live” gazebo for the garden

Looking around your garden plot, perhaps you will ask yourself how to make a gazebo without introducing any other elements into the landscape of the garden, except for the plant ones. The most affordable, but at the same time, the most time-consuming solution will be to create a structure only with the help of plants - trees or shrubs.

Specially shaped and trimmed tree crowns create original roofs for garden gazebos

Such an interesting design does not require complex construction preparations in the form of a foundation, frame, and roof, since it consists only of specially grown breeds of dwarf, stunted, or weeping tree plants. Various species of willow, mountain ash, willow planted, most often, in a circle. The trunks and crowns of such plants are formed and directed, as they grow, in the right direction - towards the center, creating the plant roof of the arbor.

You can learn more about how to grow a frame from trunks for this unusual structure from the material: postroiki / zhivaya-besedka.html

The openwork frames of arbors in combination with climbing plants give the garden landscapes completeness and harmony.

Such a gazebo will naturally fit into the landscape design of the site and will be a shady place to relax on the sunny open lawn in front of the house. The only thing, the creation of such a plant composition will require a lot of patience and time. A simpler version of the “living” design can be the planting of climbing plants - grapes, ivy, roses along the outer perimeter of its frame, formed from a wooden beam, metal profile or trusses. In this case, it is important to achieve complete concealment of the structure in the thickets, so that the impression of its absence is created.

A bright accent that adorned the garden gazebo on a solemn day can be “clusters” of balloons imitating grapes

Option # 7 - from wooden pallets

An extraordinary solution is the use of euro-pallets made of wood for arranging walls. Such wooden pallets, painted in bright colors, will not only create an original flavor, but will also become a good solution for the walls - environmentally friendly, contributing to good air access into the interior of the gazebo.

If you buy ready-made - how not to make a mistake?

Analysis of 10 popular errors when choosing a finished gazebo can be seen in the video above.

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