Free gazebo plans are available on websites such as the DIY Network, BuildEazy.com and Mother Earth News. All three sites list the materials and tools required for the project and provide detailed instructions on how to construct the gazebo. Each site also includes working drawings of the construction process.
The DIY Network's gazebo plan acquaints users on how to build a gazebo using a gazebo kit, available for purchase from major hardware stores such as Lowe's and the Home Depot. Similar to other DIY Network projects, the plans use pictures of the actual construction. It also features gazebo plans for different purposes and occasions, such as gazebo plans for weddings or for entertainment.
The gazebo plans from Mother Earth News and BuildEazy.com provide more technical details than the ones from the DIY Network. The plans include diagrams, layouts, dimensions and installation methods. The BuildEazy.com gazebo plan instructs the builder to use readily available lumber and aims at constructing a simple and cost-effective gazebo. The Mother Earth News gazebo plan uses the classic octagonal design that is bit more complicated to construct because it requires geometrical symmetry.
Constructing a gazebo in a residential area may require a building permit. Inquire as to whether constructing a gazebo needs a building permit or consent before attempting to start the project.