Follow our step-by-step guide to build your own freestanding patio cover.
Step 1. Gather The Proper Materials
- Start by preparing pressure-treated boards in these sizes: 4×4, 2×4, 2×6 and 2×10.
- Gather a hammer, shovel, socket set, circular saw, wheelbarrow, spade, screwdriver, power drill and jigsaw.
- Have some gravel, lag bolts, level, galvanized screws and some gravel just in case.
Step 2. Find A Location
- Measure the size of the area where you’d like to build the patio cover.
- Use either a rope or stakes to measure the area.
- Begin digging out holes for the posts.
- Make sure the depth of each hole is 24 inches with a width of 9 inches.
Step 3. Prepare Wooden Posts
- Take time to remove moisture since this material can be prone to deterioration.
- Incorporate some gravel into each hole for prevention purposes.
- The layer depth should be around 3 inches.
- Tamp it down afterward.
- Pour that same amount of gravel into the holes before tamping them down each time.
Step 4. Install The Posts
- Place the 4×4 posts into position.
- Use the 2×4 boards to keep the posts in place.
- Confirm all post levels before adding cement.
- Create a mixture of quick-dry cement, referencing the label directions.
- Pour the mixture around each post.
- Wait at least 24 hours to let the cement dry completely.
Step 5. Assemble The Beams
- Use the 2×10 boards as the beams.
- Each beam should be able to cover the distance from one post to another.
- Make sure you are careful while cutting the beams.
- Once you get the beam, drill holes through it and the core posts, allowing you to assemble them.
- Use your 3-inch lag bolts to connect these two parts.
- Confirm the levels of each beam before moving on to the next step.
Step 6. Structure The Roof
- Cut your 2×6 boards as needed.
- Do not cut the boards at identical length as the patio because they need to hang over the outdoor space a bit.
- Cut the boards longer than the patio.
- Arrange the boards to cross the joint beams, forming a perpendicular pattern.
- The boards must be evenly situated across the top of the patio.
- Use galvanized deck screws to keep the boards in place.
Step 7. Furnish The Freestanding Patio
- Cover the top with your preferred material.
- This could be anything from metal panels to lattice wood.
- Furnish the patio with decorations and furniture.
- Check the level one more time before completing this project.
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