For this project we wanted to create a Gazebo with a difference for our customer. We suggested using a Sedum living roof in the design, which our customer was very keen on the idea. Its something a bit different from tiles or shingles, is environmentally friendly and would soften the view of their Gazebo on the landscape. As a result we incorporated a low pitch roof to support the requirements of Sedum.
Once the design was complete we had a lengthy wait whilst our customer obtained planning permission. After many months went by we received news that permission had been granted. Finally we were now able to start work on making their kit.
We used an adjustable foundation system to support the base on uneven soft ground. We fitted the brackets, pins and plates to the underside of the frame and moved it into position. This was quick to install and level without the need for any other groundworks. We were very happy with the result.
We used Douglas Fir for the main frame and Sitka Spruce for intermediate rafters, creepers and noggins. All of the timber was locally sourced from nearby woodlands and milled with a mobile sawmill. We prepared the full Gazebo kit offsite.
Sedum Living Roof
We timed the installation so that the roof surface was ready for the arrival of the Sedum rolls. Its important installation takes place as soon as possible after delivery. Apart from the time taken to cut through the matting the installation went smoothly. We were left with minimal waste.
Here is a photo of the Sedum soon after installation.
Here is a photo of the Sedum roof several months after installation.
Woven Panels and roof lining
We used Western Red Cedar slats to create the panel infills. These were alternately woven and trimmed to fit. Western Red Cedar is a durable wood that is ideally suited for this application.
As the underside of the roof would not be exposed to wet weather we were able to use Western Hemlock for the ceiling panels. We found Western Hemlock to be very good at taking the nails without splitting the wood, so no need for piloting holes.
We finished off the roof with decorative spokes in Douglas Fir. The Redwood of the Douglas Fir was a good contrast with the pale Western Hemlock ceiling panels.