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How to Build a Pavilion in a Weekend

How to Build a Pavilion in a Weekend

DIY Projects, Home Improvement

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how to build a pavilion

With summer finally here we tend to spend more time outdoors from cookouts, to movies, to swimming in the pool. We have had a paver stone patio for years but it tends to get hot during the day because it is uncovered. After discussing of what DIY project we can do to solve that problem we decided to build a Pavilion to keep the patio cool during the day. With the help of Glade® and The Home Depot I was able to make that DIY project complete.

glade product

I was inspired by the Hawaiian Breeze® fragrance as the smell makes it feel like an instant vacay. When cool ocean winds meet the scent of fragrant tropical fruits, pineapple, and plumeria, you won’t even have to leave the neighborhood to get lost in paradise. It has the scent of tropical pineapple, peach and melons with hints of mango and red berry.

pavilion kit

Before you get started on any kind of project like this you should check to see if you need a permit of any kind. We used a 12’X12′ kit that was made out of cedar lumber and an aluminium roof. This made the whole process go together smoother as we didn’t have to cut any materials, we just had to put the pieces together. It took about 1 1/2 days for 2 people to complete but could probably go faster with more help.

The overall dimensions are (L x W x H): 12 ft. x 12 ft. x 10 ft. 6 in. Base dimension (outside of post): 11 ft. 2 in. x 11 ft. 2 in. Base dimension (inside of post): 9 ft. 8 in. x 9 ft. 8 in. Center height: 10 ft. 6 in.

How to Build a Pavilion

Tools Required

  • Tape Measure
  • Carpenters Level
  • Standard or Cordless Drill
  • #2 Phillips Bit or Screwdriver
  • 7/16” & 9/16” Wrench
  • 8’ Step Ladder
  • Safety Glasses
  • Adult Helper
  • Safety Gloves
  • Hard Hat
  • 6’ Step Ladder x 2
  • Square Rachet
  • 7/16, 1/2 & 9/16 Socket


concrete pouring

Do this step first before you start building to secure the structure. Dig a 2′-3′ hole where each pole is going to be and pour concrete. Allow to cure before building.

anchored to concrete

Once the concrete is cured attach the 7 in. X 7 in. wooden posts to each concrete slab by using post anchors and screws.

pavilion beams connected

Attach the beams to each post using a ladder until all 4 are connected.

roof brackets

Then attach one Roof to Post Bracket with two #10 x 1-1/4” Pan Screws and continue to do so on all 4 sides.

Complete the roof rafter by notching each piece together and screwing it in tightly according to the directions in the kit.

roof panels

Once the roof rafter is complete build the aluminium roof by sections. (We laid them out in our yard.)

roof on

Attach each roof panel piece to the rafters and try not to over tighten the screws as it will bend the material, make it snug and fit.

Attach Ridge Clips and Roof Edges.

Attach roof panels to frame.

Assemble the roof peak and attach to roof panels.

Secure roof corners.

Attach corner and beam caps.

Secure roof and roof to beam brackets and roof peak brackets.

Attach ridge caps to roof panels by sliding one Ridge Cap over the Ridge Clips.

pavilion finish

Now all you have to do is decorate and enjoy!

outdoor patio

Thanks to The Home Depot I am able to pick up all of my Glade® products to keep my indoor living space smelling like a tropical paradise. You can find the following items listed below at your local Home Depot store.

glade at home depot

Glade® Room Spray: When our doorbells ring it’s natural to worry if our homes are guest­ ready. Glade® Room Spray eliminates odor and freshens the air, making your home uniquely inviting for all. Each is infused with essential oil extracts and comes in a variety of fragrances ensuring yours will always be an open home.

Glade® Wax Melts: Give even your largest rooms a boost of flameless fragrance with Glade® Wax Melts. Cubes of scented wax melt to release true­ to ­life fragrance — filling your home with a scent you’ll love. Glade® Wax Melts are available in a wide variety of your favorite Glade® scents, and last up to 96 hours.

glade air freshener

Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil: Wouldn’t it be nice if one size really did fit all? Continuous fragrance for any size room is just an outlet away with the Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Warmer. Simply plug-in this warmer for long­ lasting fragrance that’s adjustable to fill any room in your home with your favorite Glade® fragrances.

side view of patio



  1. dorothy
    July 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    where do i get the “kit”? because it says to follow directions in the kit for the roof……..

    • Alison
      July 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      The Pavilion kit can be found at Costco. The brand is called Yardistry.

  2. Cheryl
    September 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    How much does it cost?

  3. Carl stevens
    March 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Where can I get one of them pavilion kits at i live in Ironton Ohio

    • Alison
      March 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      I got this one at Costco.

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