Purchasing or building a new gazebo can be a very exciting project, just knowing you’ll have that private quiet my-space or knowing how much fun you and your family will have entertaining. You’re probably very anxious to purchase your new gazebo, but slow down. There are important factors you need to consider before you purchase or start building your gazebo. By taking care of these things, you will save yourself time, money, and frustration.
The location of your gazebo is very important. The ground condition, building and zoning codes, and neighbors should all be considered before you begin your project.
Will there be an issue with drainage in the area where you plan to have your gazebo?
An area that floods easily or where water sits for a while is not a good place to locate your gazebo. Find out where the paths of water lead in your yard when there is a heavy rain? If you plan to put your gazebo close to your house, you must also take into consideration your gutter downspouts, where they empty and where the water that is emptied leads to. Select an area in your yard that has solid soil and does not accumulate water.
Before you or the installers start digging, make sure you know what’s beneath the soil. There could be electrical lines, gas lines, or plumbing drains beneath that perfect spot of yours. If you’re not sure call your local utility company first and they will let you know.
Check your local building codes.
Not complying with your local building codes can easily end in expensive fines which is something no homeowner wants. You can call your local building inspector and find out what these local codes are.
Check for restrictions defined by zoning laws.
You will want to know if there are any zoning restrictions before you have your gazebo in place. For example, there may be restrictions on the size and height of a structure which can be installed on your property. This information may affect the type and maybe even the style of gazebo you ultimately choose. The allowable lot size is another important restriction that will tell you what percentage of your property can have buildings.
This could potentially prevent you from adding a gazebo if it is too large or if your lot is not large enough. Zoning laws will also include easements, which are the restricted areas on your property that must not be built upon as they are allotted for utilities and or emergency access. Another important zoning law can be how far your structure must be setback from your property line; this too may impact your gazebo’s final location.
Have a conversation with your neighbors.
Most people wouldn’t consider speaking with their neighbors about their project. However, since most people wouldn’t want to put their gazebo right up against their own house, it means that many times the gazebo will be built very close to a property line. This can turn out to be a major source of friction and problems between neighbors, especially if they believe you are encroaching on their property.
Your gazebo may be an obstruction to a pretty view they have been enjoying or there could be other reasons why your neighbors may prefer you not have your gazebo in a particular location. While it’s not necessary by any means, to speak with your neighbors, just the act of doing so can ease an uptight neighbor’s tensions and save you and your family years of aggravation and problems. It’s a simple gesture that can really be worth it!