Building a Kit Pavilion
Yardistry recommends finding out your local building and city codes, ordinances, neighborhood covenants and height restrictions before you start.
The instructions call for basic tools that we already have.
I compared the instructions for the different sizes and they are all pretty similar. You will need a second stepladder and more help for the larger pavilions.
- Tape Measure
- Ratchet and Sockets
- Step Ladder
They recommend Safety Glasses, Gloves and a Hardhat. They also tell you to pre-drill a pilot hold before you put in a screw or bolt so the wood won’t split.
The instructions come with a parts identification list with diagrams so you can recognize each piece. The next page lists all the hardware with a count, diagrams and measurements. Before you begin, make sure that you have everything listed.
Yardistry includes Hex and Robertson drivers and a 1/8″ drill bit.
Inventory all your hardware, wood and accessories, referencing the parts identification sheets. This will assist you with your assembly. Each step indicates which bolts and/or screws you will need for assembly, as well as any flat washers, lock washers, t-nuts or lock nuts. There is a phone number and email address to contact Yardistry to have any part missing sent directly to you.
Follow the instructions in order.
Yardistry Pavilion Assembly Steps
- Unpack and Inventory Parts and Hardware
- Assemble Posts
- Assemble Beams
- Assemble and Anchor the Frame
- Attach Gussets and Roof Brackets
- Assemble Fascia Beams
- Assemble Roof Rafters
- Attach Roof to Beam Brackets
- Attach Roof Panels
- Attach Ridge Clips and Roof Edges
- Attach Roof Panels to Frame
- Assemble Roof Peak
- Attach Roof Peak to Roof Panels
- Attach Final Roof Panel
- Secure Roof Corners
- Attach Corner and Beam Caps
- Secure Roof to Beam Brackets
- Secure Roof Peak Brackets
- Attach Ridge Caps to Roof Panels
- Metal Hooks and ID Plaque with tracking number
DO NOT attempt to assemble the structure alone.
It is “critically important” that the structures are put up on “square, solid and level footings, pad or deck.”
The pergola or pavilion can be put onto a new or existing wood or concrete surface.
Since there is nothing already where we would put ours, it recommends putting in concrete footers to anchor to.
The kits include the post mounts, but not the anchoring hardware.
We supply Post Mounts with this structure which gives you the flexibility to permanently install your structure to a pre-existing or new wood or concrete surface.
- The hardware to attach the Post Mount to the structure is included.
- The hardware to mount the structure permanently will need to be purchased separately at your local hardware store.
Each kit comes with the plans showing exactly where to place the posts.
The instructions say that ideally the pavilion is assembled by four people. In another place it says you will need an adult to assist you. Each step has a key showing how many people you may need to help you.
Anchoring the frame and attaching the roof calls for a little help from your friends.
Attach Roof Panels to Frame
With all four assemblers place one Roof Panel Assembly with Roof to Beam Brackets just in front of the Post
Assemblies then raise it up so the middle Roof to Beam Bracket is lined up with the center mark. (fig. 11.1 and 11.2)
The parts of the instructions that call for help let you know ahead of time.
Larger kits include a steel cable to keep enough tension to hold the building securely together.
The instructions have a lot of steps, but they are all explained clearly and the illustrations are detailed. There are videos, too, to help show how the outdoor room kit is put together.
You can read over the specific instructions before you order the pavilion or gazebo you are going to use here; www.yardistrystructures.com/instruction-manuals/.
Yardistry recommends annual maintenance. Re-seal the wood and check all the hardware. Don’t over-tighten enough to crush the wood or metal, but be sure it still tight and sand and paint it if there is any rust.