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Building a Gazebo on a roof top in Bath

Posted by Bath Bespoke on 9 May 2017

A couple weeks ago we were asked by a client in central Bath to create a gazebo for his roof top terrace. This was a really exiting project as it was a little different to what we normally do. Most of the team are usually busy crafting beautiful interiors and kitchens or restoring heritage joinery and windows. So to create something out of the norm, something big, beautiful and modern for the exterior, was a project we relished in. To make it even better, the gazebo was to take centre stage on a roof top terrace which overlooked the Thermae Bath Spa and had beautiful views across the city.

Thermae Spa from Bath Abbey Tower.
Thermae Spa taken from Bath Abbey Tower (Not from client’s home.) Taken by NH53

After the design stage, we then looked to our material options. For us and the client, Accoya was the material of choice. Accoya® wood is a high performance wood, ideal for outdoor use. It’s the result of decades of research and development. It’s completely natural, but has undergone a process known as acetylation. This process greatly improves the wood’s dimensional stability, makes it resistant to fungi and rot and is completely toxic free.

The completed gazebo complete with teak outdoor seating and vibrant cushions.

To create the gazebo, we crafted individual beams. Each beam was then coated in a Rubio Monocoat in Teak finish, to complement the client’s existing garden furniture. Rubio Monocoat colours and protects wood like no other finish and is the first and only oil in the world that doesn’t contain VOCs or water. After everything was crafted and prepared, we loaded up our vans and drove to our clients home in the centre of Bath.

The gazebo itself featured a traditionally constructed Louvered roof. Louvered roofs are becoming really popular, not only for their practicality but also their design. Designed to cover patios, decking and outdoor spaces, louvered roofing systems let in everything we love about outdoor living, and keep everything out that we don’t. Their structure allows in light and creates an open and fluid atmosphere while also keeping out rain, sleet and harsh rays from the sun.

Take a look at our time lapse video showing how Dan and Will constructed part of the gazebo:

 The finished result

Our client was really pleased with the finished result, as were we. We finished it just in time for a special roof top party he was holding for family and friends at the weekend. Completed with teak outdoor furniture and bright cushions, the space was dramatically transformed.

The Louvered roofs lets in light and air, while keeping out rain.

As you can see from the pictures, the gazebo was designed to perfectly fit into place. The legs aligned against the door frame and the window frame, ensuring that any views or entrances were not affected or blocked. The front of the gazebo also aligned with the curve in the railing, keeping the space as harmonious as possible.


If you’re planning a gazebo or piece of outdoor furniture, then get in touch and find out how we can help. Summer’s just around the corner.