How to assemble a pitched roof pavilion

In this episode of Gadero TV, Ronny assembles a wooden canopy with a pitched roof. This eye-catching garden room with a gable roof, known as Hamar L type 1, uses premium quality Larch and Douglas fir timber. Also available in XL size, if you are building a carport.

The Hamar L model canopies are 3.95 metres wide by 4.78 metres in length (with other sizes also available. They are 3.48 metres tall, and are supported by strong joints and diagonal braces.

If you are short on time, or if your DIY buddy is not available, then rest assured: Hamar L and XL are prefab Larch and Douglas fir structures - saving on construction time and effort. Choose from various sizes and layouts, available both with and without storage cabins. This episode of Gadero TV features the smallest edition of Hamar.

This deluxe, gable roof canopy in planed Larch/Douglas fir comes as a sawn-to-measure timber kit. This garden room is 3.95 metres in width by 4.78 metres in length, with a height of 3.48 metres. Its sturdy joints and angles braces mean it can be used for many different purposes; Hamar even works well as a carport.

Tips for assembling a pitch roof canopy

When putting a prefab canopy together, the first step is to unpack the materials. Check the packaging list to see whether the package is complete, and sort the materials by size.

Advantages of gable roof garden rooms

  • An eye-catching look and feel;
  • Includes 145 x 145 m, smooth-planed Larch/Douglas posts;
  • All timber comes sawn to size;
  • Includes all required hardware, such as screws;
  • Suitable for use with various types of roof cladding.

Foundation for pitched roof timber canopy

In this video, we mount the posts of this canopy onto a deck. If you are burying the posts partway in-ground, then make sure to secure them in place using fast-setting concrete. Alternatively, you can use concrete post bases - in which case, the layout for this specific canopy can be found below.

We recommend a straight model post base, complemented with concrete kerbs to support the walls between the posts. This will create the best, most seamless fit without exposing the walls to rising damp.

To find out more about installing concrete post bases for your canopy, check out Gadero TV episode 22!

Roof cladding for pitched roof timber garden rooms

Episode 154 of Gadero TV sees Ronny affix roof tile effect sheets onto this timber canopy. This canopy kit comes without roof cladding as standard, but its sturdy structure means that it can even accommodate a roof covered with new or used ceramic tiles. The gable roof itself uses planed timber tongue and groove roofing boards. In terms of cladding, Hamar has several options, from felt shingles to roof tile texture sheets or lightweight Aquapan sheets. When using Aquapan, we strongly recommend combining it with a base of bituminous membrane. Gutter kits are also available as an optional extra, and are a perfect way of removing rainwater.

Gadero tip 1: Secure the posts with a temporary brace, for example using an Azobe hardwood post or a pinewood beam.

Gadero tip 2: This is a project for at least two people, and needs a ladder or scaffold.

Required Gadero materials for assembling a wooden garden room with pitched roof:

  • Pitched roof canopy Hamar L type 1 in planed Larch/Douglas fir 478 x 395 x 348 cm
  • Concrete post bases (optional)
  • Concrete stabilisers
  • Cladding for pitched roof
  • Roofing sealant
  • Quick-setting concrete (for use with concrete post bases)
  • String line
  • Gutter kit (optional extra)
  • Cordless drill
  • Yard stick
  • Long spirit level
  • Wooden rule Shovel (for digging holes for post bases)
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Clamps
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer or staple/nail gun (for roofing boards)
  • Ladder and/or scaffold

For more inspiration, see our other pitched roof timber canopies. Subscribe to our free YouTube channel for weekly new episodes of Gadero TV!