Very Pleased that I bought the Carolina Pavilion!

– Here’s a backyard story from Albuquerque, New Mexico

First off… I Love 💕 this Carolina Pavilion! It has made a Huge difference in the yard, and I feel as if I have added a whole new living space to my home overall.

Everything is pretty much complete here, but let me show you what it looked like before!

The Pavilion is very well built and sturdy! The instructions were well put together, and the Helpful Tips Video was a big help. I was able to do most of the work myself, but I needed help to set up the columns, and to put the roof in place.


The old Redwood Deck in the backyard finally just had to GO!

It was just before the beginning of Spring 2021 in Albuquerque, and the old Redwood Deck in the backyard finally just had to GO!  I mean, it was looking pretty old when I moved back in 1998, and at this point it had endured more face lifts than I can remember.

We were down to nothing but dirt, rocks and a few ancient railroads ties. The yard was looking Butt ugly (and the Dog was not happy!) I really didn’t want another deck and all the maintenance that seems to go with it.

It is a good idea to do an inventory with a count of the parts, and to be certain that you are using the “correct” screws at specific points. Some screws are very similar, but slightly different.

The below photo illustrates the pre-planning for that operation. Make sure to use the proper outdoor-rated Romex and underground electrical PVC. I drilled through the wall of the house to tie into an unused outlet in my Living Room.

A bit of pre-planning really helps. I had to figure out what to do with all the excess dirt, where to place the pavilion, and how to optimize The patio space as much as possible. (I had to put on my Designer pants)

There was an excess of the most basic wood screws that hold the structure together, but the Pan Heads are cosmetically more important, and a lot of them are not used until you are almost finished with the final steps.

The Taiwanese characters I mounted on a separate piece of Cedar almost look like they came with the pavilion. (Translated, top-to-bottom…Long Life, Double Happiness, Good Fortune, and Prosperity)

I was very pleased to find that the columns have a hollow center (until you reach the top where it is very solid), and I was able to run an electrical line up the center of one column and install an outdoor outlet near the top to plug in my lighting and anything else I might want to power.

As you can see our Dog 🐕 is Much happier now too!


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