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Louisiana Family Builds a Gazebo’s outdoor structures like our Gazebos, Pergolas, and Ramadas are enjoyed by generations of families for years to come. Our outdoor spaces become a family and friend’s gathering spot.

It’s not always the case that families come together to build these products, but one Louisiana family did just that.

Building a Gazebo Together Made Them Stronger

The Pavy family is from Port Barre, Louisiana. They struggled for months planning a family project that would complete the remaining requirement for their son Matthew’s Boy Scouts Family Life Merit Badge.

But, the problem was that their family was busy and scattered across states. With one daughter living out of state, another daughter married – and expecting a baby and living out of town, both their son-in-law and son were in college and working, and with Matt’s hectic senior year at high school, it was a challenge to do a project that the family could accomplish fairly easily and within a certain time frame.

“Family has always been important to all of us,” said Karen Pavy. “With our busy lives sometimes keeping us apart, we wanted this project to be something special that we could all enjoy doing together. “

Karen Pavy

Karen’s always wanted to build a Gazebo, so she showed Matt photos of gazebos she had collected years ago. He was excited at the idea of building one for both his project and as a gift for his mother’s upcoming 50th birthday.

“We knew it would be something that would last and be symbolic of our family working and playing together – indeed family life,” said Karen.

The Pavys chose’s 14′ Treated Pine Octagon Gazebo. The family built it in just eight hours.

Looking Back

“My family had a lot of fun with this project,” said Matt. “We really enjoy sitting outside under it in the mornings drinking our coffee. It’s very relaxing and it allows us to have more family time.”

Matt Pavy

“We will be able to look back for years to come and know that we all worked on the gazebo – even our unborn first grandchild was there,” said Karen. “The Gazebo compliments our home and has made our backyard seem like a park. It represents family, the culmination of years in Boy Scouts, and dreams of building a Gazebo once put on hold and brought to life by love.”

Karen thanks for its help in making this project possible. We supplied the gazebo, but it was the Pavys who really made this an unforgettable project.

Our 14’ Treated Pine Octagon Gazebo is shown here with a 1’x1’ railing, a Cupola, Treated Pine Deck, Standard Braces, Standard Posts, and Cedar Shake Shingles.

Consider building one of our outdoor structures with your family and friends!


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