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In a corner of the deck, they built a clematis gazebo.

This decktop gazebo creates a romantic retreat a few feet away from John Miller's house in Salem, Oregon. Miller built the structure in a corner of an existing deck, then added a screen of widely spaced lattice along the back for additional bracing and privacy.

The gazebo has a 90- by 90-inch elevated base built of 2-by-4 joists covered with 2-by-4 cedar decking. A 5-inch-high skirt ripped from 2 by 6's surrounds the base.

Supported on 8-foot 4-by-4 posts is a modified hip roof that looks almost unfinished. Miller left exposed the rough-sawn 1-by-4 skip sheathing, wood generally used under shingles or shakes. This defines the roof form but still lets in sunlight. It also provides a trellis for a fast-growing evergreen clematis (Clematis armandii) that blooms in spring.

The sketches explain the construction of the roof. The lower section looks like a standard hip roof, but Miller stopped the rafters short on two sides to create a small gable with triangular openings.

To stabilize the structure and support the weight of the roof, which extends 11 inches beyond the posts, a band of 2 by 6's connects to the tops of the posts. Miller used galvanized nails to join the fir and cedar boards. The total cost of materials was about $250.
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