This Victorian Gazebo had deteriorated badly over the years and the clients wanted me to do what I could to preserve it and ensure its longevity for as as long as possible. With all situations like this there is the question of how far do you go- I could easily have done double the work, but it was decided to try and do the minimum necessary to get it back to working order

 

The most pressing concerns were the rotten door which wouldn't open properly, as well as the floor, surrounding threshold area and structural posts which had rotted through completely and showed signs of woodworm. Areas of the exterior cladding had also been eaten away by rot and moisture, and overhanging hedgegrows had allowed moisture to pool on the roof, causing the cap to crumble and moss to grow.

 

 

I firstly got the threshold and structural posts in order, and reinforced the surrounding area. The next step was to repair the door and re-hang it in a new frame. After this the whole structure could be sanded, primed and painted, and the finishing touches like cleaning the roof, replacing the roof cap and trimming back the hedges done.

 

The finished result is a balance of replacement and restoration, and the obvious differences between old and new show it is a building which has been cared for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Improvement Process...

 

 

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The Victorian gazebo before and after restoration

 

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The condition of the exterior as I found it- lots of rot!

 

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As you can see the corner posts, threshold and floor beams had all rotted away at the bottom

 

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I fitted a new threshold of exterior-grade timber and reinforced the surrounding structure

 

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The door had also rotten away so a new half-lap splice with tonge and groove was dowelled on

 

 

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The repaired door with new plywood inserts retaining the previous diagonal design

 

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The door frame was then installed with cladding and trims replaced

 

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The roof cap had deteriorated so was replaced

 

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The finished Gazebo painted Buckinhma Green

 

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Closeups of the door and threshold area. The clients just wanted the essential repairs done so it could last another 20 yrs or so

 

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