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Bespoke, Solid Oak Gazebos - Any Shape or Size

Custom made, solid oak gazebos supplied in kit form for simple assembly by your builder. Buy these standard types online or contact us with your bespoke requirements.
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Please see below for descriptions of these options.
Shape | Type | Size
Square
Rectangular
Round
Hexagonal
3 x 3m
3.5 x 3.5m
4 x 4m

Custom
3 x 5m
3 x 6m
4 x 6m

Custom
150mm
175mm
200mm
Boarding
None
Larch
Cedar
Oak

Boarding is optional if you don't want to see the battens and shingles or tiles when you look up.

Battens
No battens
Softwood
Oak

You will need battens to fix your shingles or tiles to but they're optional on our designer.

Roofing
No shingles
Cedar
Treated cedar

We only sell cedar shingles for roofing but many people supply and fit their own tiles.

95% of the cedar shingles we sell are untreated. They have around a 20 year lifespan. Treated adds around another 5 years but are a lot darker in colour. They will both eventually go silver-grey like all outside timber.

Footings
Normal Posts
Staddle Stones
Staddle Stones
Into Ground

We can optionally supply staddle stones for your posts to sit on or you can choose to have longer posts to fit into the ground. Read below for further information.

For posts into ground, we supply posts an extra 600mm longer for you to fix them into the ground.

Sides
None
Cladding
Balustrades

We can optionally supply oak feather edge cladding (and supporting studding) at full or half height, or balustrades on the sides of your gazebo.



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Gazebo Price Breakdown

Delivery added at checkout
Total excluding VAT: £
Total including VAT: £
Quantity:
Approx roof area: m2 Height: 3.95m

How To Use The 3D Oak Gazebo Designer

Don't forget, all our structures are bespoke and can be made to any shape or size to suit your requirements.

Shape

Control explanation - Gazebo Shape

Which style of Oak Gazebo would you like? You can choose from Square Oak Gazebos, Rectangular Oak Gazebos, Round Oak Gazebos and Hexagonal Oak Gazebos.

Size

Control explanation - Gazebo Size

The size of a square or rectangular gazebo is measured from the outside of one post to the outside of an adjacent post. The stated sizes are the ground footprint sizes. A round or hexagonal size is measured from the outside of one post to the outside of the opposite post. The roof will protrude a little further (approx 170 - 250mm each side, depending on roof pitch and overall size). We have included a silhouette of a couple approximately 6ft in relative height to give you an idea of the size of the gazebos. The Oak Gazebo photos below with furniture and people will further help you get a feel for their sizes.

You can now click on the "Custom" option and type in the exact sizes you want to get an instant price.

Thickness

Control explanation - Gazebo Thickness
The thickness refers to the square cross-section sizes of the upright posts and wall plates (the horizontal beams or 'ring beams' that run around the top of the posts). A 175mm thickness means that the beams are 175mm in thickness and 175mm in width. The larger the size of gazebo you choose, the thicker you would normally have the posts to keep it looking proportionate. If you ask us to quote for larger sizes of gazebo, we may recommend the thicker post sizes for added strength.

Boarding (optional)

Control explanation - Gazebo Boarding
Boarding is a completely optional supply of timber to sit over the rafters before you fix the battens (that the shingles or tiles are fixed to, see below). Some people prefer boarding so you can't see the horizontal battens and underside of the shingles or tiles when you look up from underneath the gazebo. Most of the gazebos we sell do not have boarding, allowing you to see the battens and shingles from underneath. If you do choose boarding, we supply 135mm wide tongue and grooved board. We supply a surplus to take into account any wastage from the cutting required. Some people opt to source and use plywood (as can be seen in our Gazebo Build Photo Gallery). Please note, boarding is not intended or recommended as an alternative to roofing shingles or tiles. Be sure to read the section below on treating your boarding if you choose to have it.

If you do opt for boarding, it's important that you treat it with something like an OSMO 420 clear wax oil or similar to seal the timber to prevent moisture from entering the boards and causing movement.

Battens (optional)

Control explanation - Gazebo Battens
Battens are fixed on top of the rafters of your gazebo for you to then fix the shingles or tiles onto. We supply enough battens to space them to 125mm centres. This is the recommended spacing if you are fixing Cedar Shingles. If fitting your own tiles, spacing may vary depending on the type and size of tile. We can supply battens in a treated softwood or oak at 25 x 38mm. If you're opting to use boarding as described above, most people choose treated softwood battens as you won't see them sandwiched between the boarding and the roofing material. Some people prefer to source their own battens, or opt for different roofing methods and so they are optional on the 3D designer.

Roofing (optional)

Control explanation - Gazebo Roofing
The most common way to roof an Oak Gazebo is with Cedar Shingles. You can find more detailed information on shingles below. If you prefer to source and fit tiles or slates, leave the roofing option as "No shingles". Untreated shingles have an expected lifespan of around 20 years, depending on environment. Treated shingles have an extra 5 years or so on the lifespan but are much darker in colour. Untreated shingles are by far the most popular choice and make up the majority of shingles we sell. Both treated and untreated will turn a silver-grey colour in a few years with exposure to the sun's rays.

Footings

Control explanation - Gazebo Staddle Stones

There are a few options for where your gazebo meets the ground. One is to embed metal "re-bars", with a diameter of 20mm or so, into your foundations so they protrude up. These would normally be fixed into concrete pads large enough to take the weight as recommended by your builder. You then drill into the bottom of the gazebo posts and have the gazebo rest onto these bars. Because oak is so hard-celled, you can have the posts half an inch or so off the ground, just resting on the bars, to prevent them standing in any water. The idea is just to locate the posts and stop any sideways movement. The weight of the gazebo means you don't actually need to fix it to the ground.

You may also choose to use stainless steel or galvanised metal fencepost "shoes" that the posts are screwed to, and then the shoes are screwed into the ground. Both of these methods would just require the "Normal Posts" selection on the designer above.

Another popular method is to use "Staddle Stones". These are white, tapered, reconstituted sandstone blocks with small metal pins protruding from the top. You then drill the bottoms of the posts to take the metal pins and the whole structure rests on the stones, keeping the posts out of any standing water. Again, the weight of the gazebo holds it down and no fixing is required between the stones and the posts. Some people opt to cement the stones in place once fitted but this is optional. When you select this "Staddle Stones" option, by default, we will reduce the length of the posts by the height of the stones to keep the overall gazebo height the same. The staddle stones are 230mm tall, with the top measurement matching the size of the posts you choose and tapering out at the bottom by around an additional 25mm.

The final option on the designer above is "Into Ground". Here, we supply the posts an extra 600mm longer for you to fix them into the ground.

Sides - Cladding or balustrades

Control explanation - Gazebo Sides

You can now optionally add oak cladding or balustrades to your oak gazebo on our designer. Select either half or full height European feather edge oak cladding and all associated supporting studwork, or oak balustrades and handrail on any side of your gazebo.

All our Gazebos are:
Completely bespoke
Made from hand-selected, expertly crafted oak
Planed all round for a smooth finish
Made of high quality Fresh Sawn Oak
Flat-packed for easy assembly
Currently on an approximate 6 - 8 week (from drawing sign off) lead time

Expertly Crafted Solid Oak Gazebos

Our solid oak square or round oak gazebos, also known as pavilions, are a relaxing place to sit with great views of your whole garden.

Open sided with your choice of roofing, oak gazebos provide shelter from the sun and the inevitable English summer showers.

Our wooden gazebos are available in multiple sizes (see below) and can be large enough to accommodate multiple family members or guests.

Made from solid oak, you can stain or treat the timber in any way you'd like, or leave it untreated for the oak to naturally turn the classic silver-grey over time.

How Your Gazebo Will Arrive

Your gazebo will arrive in kit form packaged like the following:

Oak Gazebos In All Shapes and Sizes

Because our oak gazebos are all bespoke, we can make any shape and size for you. Here are a few photographs of some recent gazebos.



Frequently Asked Questions

I'd Really Like an Oak Gazebo, Where Do I Start?

If you're new to the idea of an Oak Gazebo, its likely you have long list of questions, or at this stage aren't even sure of the questions you should be asking.

Below, we've answered a list of the most frequent questions our customers ask to start you off. If you still have questions after this, feel free to send us an email or give us a call on 01889 597283.

Why Should I Buy a Gazebo Made of Oak?

Oak is an incredibly durable, traditional hardwood that looks fantastic and has no problem standing up to the wide array of weather Britain can throw at it. Oak is very resistant to rot and insect attacks, unlike a lot of the softwood products that many people come to us to replace.

Oak can be treated to prolong its golden colour, or left to silver in the sun, in which case they're virtually maintenance free.

With regards to roofing, because of the strength of oak, you can fit cedar shingles or your own slates or tiles to match nearby buildings or achieve a particular look.

Can you give me an overview of choosing, ordering and building one of your oak gazebo kits?

Choosing a design

Use the information and pictures on this page, the 3D designer above for ideas and to get prices, and feel free to call us with any specific questions to help you decide on the size, shape and style of gazebo you'd like.

Placing the order

When you know what you want, place the order with us online or over the telephone or email and we'll create detailed drawings of your gazebo for you to check, alter if necessary and approve. Alternatively, you can pay a refundable £120 inc VAT to have the drawings made before you order. The drawings are good enough to submit with planning applications if required.

Once you approve your drawings, we make the gazebo to your exact designs, working to the quoted lead time.

Delivery

When we've finished making it, we call to arrange delivery with you.

Your gazebo will arrive as a kit, with all parts bundled together on one or more pallets. You have the choice of a flat-bed lorry for delivery, if you have the people-power or your own offloading equipment, or we can quote for a HIAB lorry with a crane-arm to lift it down to the side of the lorry at your premises. You can of course choose to collect if you have access to your own transport.

Building your gazebo

We are a supply-only company, so all of our products are designed to be easily put together by a general builder.

Around the time of delivery, we email you a drawing of your gazebo with the oak posts labelled to match how the actual oak pieces are marked up. Wherever the oak joins together, the pieces are marked with the same number or letter.

Once you have everything laid out, it's a case of lifting the oak and holding it in place while pegging the pieces together with the supplied oak pegs.

All of the woodwork is already done, so most people hire general builders to construct them, rather than carpenters. Because of the weight of the oak, people will usually hire one or more Genie Lifts to hold the oak in place while constructing the gazebo.

Once the main frame is up, the final job is to put your choice of roof on.

Take a look at our start-to-finish photo build galleries to see how people have put their up:

Measurements

The measurements we like to work with refer to the outside of one post to the outside of the other post across one side. It is therefore the total footprint area of your gazebo. A 3m x 3m gazebo will include the thickness of the posts. Depending on the size and pitch of your roof, once tiled, it will overhang the frame by around 250mm per side, so usually another 500mm or half a metre in addition to the footprint size. The design can be altered for minimal overhang if required, for example if it needs to sit tight against an existing building.

If you need to work out the centre points for fitting steel rods for your gazebo to stand on, just take the width of one vertical post (150, 175 or 200mm) off the total measurement (full measurement minus one half of one post, minus one half of another post).

Do I need planning permission for an oak gazebo?

We will always recommend you check with your local planning authority. While many clients find they don't need planning permission, it can depend on the area you live in and even on the individual planning officer you talk to. You may have to take overall height into consideration, the distance from the boundaries of your property and how visible it is from public roadways.

The drawings we provide when you place an order (or in advance for £100 + VAT which is then taken off your final order) are detailed and thorough enough to be sent with a planning application if required.

You can visit the following website to find your local planning authority by typing in your postcode: Planning Authority Finder

How long do they take to assemble?

We often get asked how long our gazebos take to assemble in order for your builder to give you an accurate quote. Assuming any groundworks or foundations are decided on and ready, one of our 4m by 4m solid oak gazebos, complete with cedar shingle roof can be assembled by two people in approximately two and a half days. Bear in mind that solid oak beams are very heavy so you may need to plan in some extra labour or lifting equipment for manoeuvring the large beams.

Foundations / fixing to the ground? How do I stop it blowing over?

Like any building, the ground it stands on needs to be solid and stable. We always recommend you ask a builder's advice based on the actual proposed location of your gazebo. Complete concrete foundations aren't always required. Existing paved areas may be adequate providing they'll take the weight (more below). Some customers have even used large slabs on grassy areas, but you must be certain in this case that the ground remains stable when it's wet.

Because of the weight of these solid oak gazebos (a 3 metre square one weighs the best part of a tonne before the roof is installed), they don't actually need to be bolted to the ground.

There are two main popular ways of fixing your gazebo. The first being steel rods embedded into the foundations, then holes drilled into the bottoms of the upright gazebo posts which then rest on top of the rods, leaving a small gap so the posts don't touch the ground directly and soak up rain water. You can just about make this out in the main page photographs above.

The second method is to use staddle stones. These 9 inch high tapered stones lift the posts off the ground to stop the possibility of standing in rain water. Staddle stones have a steel rod protruding from the top, so you just drill holes into the bottom of the posts and rest them on top. The stones can be left free-standing or optionally cemented down.

Other methods include concreting the posts straight into the ground, or simply leave the oak posts resting on the ground, but they are then likely to spend time in contact with ground water which can affect the life of the posts. It's worth bearing in mind that even untreated oak has a durability of 15-25 years if left embedded in the ground (taken from the Timber Research And Development Association's experiment data).

How are the oak gazebos held together?

The upright posts, horizontal beams, or 'plates', and braces are joined using traditional mortise and tenon joints held together with oak pegs. Traditionally, the oak pegs are left protruding slightly or can be cut shorter according to taste once inserted.

The common roof rafters (the smaller rafters between the large, main primary rafters) are simply screwed on. Use 6mm diameter, 150mm long stainless steel or galvanized screws (available from most DIY outlets) for these common rafters. See the "Is there anything else I'll need" section below for links to buy these screws. You will need at least two screws per rafter, one at the bottom of the rafter where it meets the top plate (the horizontal beam around the top) and one or two at the top of the rafter where it meets the primary rafters. It's important not to use iron nails as they will react with the natural acid in the oak and quickly erode.

What are the options for roofing my gazebo?

Western red cedar shingles and slate tiles are the most popular type of gazebo roofing. We can supply the cedar shingles and the "hip and ridge" tiles to cover the roof corners. All you will need in addition are softwood battens, which are available as an option on the designer above, and some galvanised or stainless steel screws and nails to assemble the roof rafters and to optionally fix cedar shingles. You should not use iron-based fixings as the tannins (natural acids) in the oak and cedar will quickly corrode them. Screws for the rafters should be around 4 inches (100mm) or longer and nails for the cedar shingles should be 30mm and should be stainless steel or Silicone Bronze ARS. The gazebos are incredibly sturdy and will support a full roof of slate tiles if you'd prefer, and you can source these from any popular DIY merchant.

You have a few options for installing the roof depending on your tastes and perhaps on the recommendations of your particular builder. Some people like to put plywood boards down on the outside, then nail the shingles or tiles to these. The plywood board is then visible from underneath. We don't supply plywood but again it's readily available.

Similarly, you can opt to lay machined tongue and groove timber, onto which the battens are fitted and the shingles or tiles are nailed. This gives a very clean and uniform view from underneath. See the section below about treating boarding to prevent moisture movement if you decide to fit it.

The most popular method is to simply fix treated softwood battens every 125mm (centre to centre) across the oak rafters and nail the shingles directly onto these. With no boarding on first, you get the pattern of the overlapping cedar shingles showing from below (as shown in some of the main product photos above).

People sometimes ask if they should use oak battens instead of softwood as they plan on leaving the underneath unboarded, making the battens visible. It's not really necessary and we've found that oak battens make it a harder job to nail the shingles on and most people are of the opinion that softwood battens don't detract from the overall look when seen from beneath. We can, however, supply oak battens if you require them.

We offer two types of cedar shingle, treated and untreated. Treated cedar shingles are rated as having a 25+ year lifespan, a figure that is dependent on the environment, amount of exposure to direct sunlight and moisture. Untreated cedar shingles have a 20+ year lifespan and are actually the more popular choice. You get the natural cedar colour in untreated shingles whereas the treated ones are a very dark brown. If you order shingles from us, we provide enough to overlap them with approximately 5 inch exposure when fitted onto battens spaced at 125mm centres.

Fitting around the central lantern

On gazebos with a "pyramid" style roof, you will have the central post, or lantern protruding from the top. There are two recommended ways of making sure this is sealed against the cedar shingles. The first is to use spare shingles to make a "skirt" that fits around the central lantern where it meets the shingles, and then use silicone to seal around the top. The second method is to use a full flashing over the top of the entire central lantern and onto the shingles.

How will my gazebo be delivered to me?

Your oak gazebo will be supplied flat-packed in kit form. Just to make you aware, we use a third party delivery company whose lorries do not have unloading equipment and the drivers are not always able to help. Please bear in mind the main beams can be very heavy so you'll need to have enough manpower available at the time of delivery.

Every week we have various lorries making deliveries up and down the country so we will work with you to arrange a delivery day when one of our lorries is in your area.

Is there anything else I'll need?

Screws for the Common Rafters

While the main frame is held with supplied oak pegs, you'll need some stainless steel screws for the rafters. It's important to use a material like stainless steel that won't be corroded by the tanins in the oak.

Click here to download our leaflet on the screws needed (pdf)

Links to 150mm stainless steel screws:

Screws for the Battens and Optional Boarding

We recommend using 40mm stainless steel screws to fit your battens either across the gazebo rafters or across the boarding if you're choosing it. Softwood battens can be screwed straight in. If you're using oak battens, pre-drilling the battens will save a lot of effort as oak is very hard.

If you're fitting boarding under your shingles or tiles, we recommend 40mm stainless steel screws to fix it to the gazebo rafters. Because boarding has the potential to expand and contract with moisture (see the information below about treating boarding), we recommend pre-drilling the boarding and holding it with the head of the screw so it has the ability to move slightly if required. Similarly, when fitting your boarding, don't butt it right together, but leave a small gap between the tongue and the groove to allow moisture movement if it needs it.

Sealant for Optional Boarding

If you're fitting boarding between the gazebo rafters and the battens and shingles, it's important that you seal it all round before installing it with something like an OSMO 420 protection oil to prevent moisture movement and any warping of the boards.

Nails for the Shingle Roof

If you're buying cedar shingles, we recommend Silicone Bronze ARS nails as they won't be corroded by the natural acidity of the cedar.

Click here to download our leaflet on battens and shingles (pdf).

Links to Silicone Bronze ARS Nails 31mm x 1.8mm:

How will my oak gazebo stand up to the weather? Will I need to protect it?

Your gazebo will be supplied untreated and it can be left like this. Depending on the environment, weather and amount of sunlight received, left untreated it will go the classic, mature silver grey colour within a few years. You can optionally stain or protect your gazebo to give it a deeper colour, bring out the grain of the oak or delay the turning of silver grey with UV protection. Previous customers have given good feedback on Osmo UV Protection Oil (Wood Finished Direct - OMSO 420 UV Protection Oil ).

Oak is a very durable timber and will easily last 25 years plus, even unprotected (the 15-25 years mentioned above is for oak embedded into the ground). Your gazebo is made from "fresh sawn" oak. This type of oak is used in construction of buildings. As the oak naturally dries out, it will shrink ever so slightly across the width and the depth of the beams but not the length. This slight shrinkage pulls the mortise and tenon joints tighter and over time will likely result in surface "checking" or splitting as the gazebo matures. This is to be expected and is what gives long-standing oak structures their distinctive look and beautiful natural appearance.



Our gazebos are delivered ready for assembly at your site by your builder. Allow an approximate 6 - 8 week (from drawing sign off) lead time for us to make and deliver your bespoke gazebo.

How To Order Your Oak Gazebo

If the exact gazebo you want is available above, you can place your order securely on this website, or call us to place your order.

If you'd like something bespoke, give us a call (01889 597283) or send an email with your requirements and we can give you a fixed quote.

The Oak Timber Structures ordering process is then:

  1. When you are ready to proceed, place your order online or over the 'phone with us on 01889 597283.
  2. We create a computer design to your exact requirements. This takes 2 or 3 working days. We can change the design at this stage if required until you're happy. Many people consult their builder at this point to double check everything.
  3. You approve the drawings and we put your structure into production. It is from this point that our quoted lead time begins. During this time, many people use the approved drawings to get all of their groundworks in place.
  4. When your oak structure is completed, we arrange delivery on a suitable day for you.

Please note: We can provide the designs to your structure on their own to be used in planning applications. We charge £100 ex VAT for this, which will be taken off your final order amount.

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