How-To

  1. Should You Choose an Outdoor Metal Gazebo or a Wood Gazebo for Your Backyard?

    Outdoor metal gazebo or wood gazebo

    Outdoor gazebos are a great addition to any backyard.  They're perfect for relaxing in the shade or hosting a game-day party. Gazebos can also be

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  2. How to Choose the Right Aluminum Patio Gazebo

    How to Choose the Right Aluminum Gazebo
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  3. Canopies and Gazebos to Upgrade Your Backyard Space

    Covered Dining Area Under A SOJAG Gazebo

    More people are spending time at home now than at any time in recent history. With the recent trend toward working and schooling at home, it’s easy for y

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  4. Building the Right Base for your Gazebo

    Building the Right Base for your Gazebo
    Congratulations! Now that your SOJAG gazebo is on its way, your property will soon have an attractive outdoor living enhancement. But before you can begin
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  5. DIY vs. Professional Installation Services

    DIY vs. Professional Installation Services

    When it’s time to make that long-awaited addition to your property, you want the installation to off without a hitch. Keeping our customers in mind, we have partnered with GoConfigure to make professional installation services available to all our SOJAG  garages and other outdoor structures. Our plan is to give you the most options and to take the guesswork out of the building process. All the components of your shade structure or garage are made of top quality materials, but they need to be assembled well to hold up to their intended specifications. If you’re on the fence about assembling the structure yourself, this guide will help you decide whether our installation services are right for you.

    DIY or Professional Installation Services: How To Know What You Should Do

    To find out whether a DIY or general contracting would work for you, first examine what you want and need. It helps to go through a checklist of criteria that typically influence whether professional help is the best route for you. Overall, if you have the time, tools, know-how, extra help, capability, and confidence, then DIY is an excellent option. If you lack any of these resources, it’s better to get help. Here are some of the main points to evaluate as you assess your readiness to do a DIY project.

    Assess Your Physical Fitness

    If you find that it’s difficult to work with tools, lift heavy objects, or safely work with the DIY building kit, then you need to get help. Whether you have a physical disability, an injury that prohibits your range of motion, or a simple lack of physical strength, it can be difficult to do the hauling and hours of work that DIY jobs of this scale require. Hiring someone to do the job for you can be a great help and also prevent any injuries.

    How Much Time Do You Have?

    Busy schedules can be an impediment to performing a DIY job. Many individuals don’t have the time to spare to plan for large-scale construction. There can also be extenuating circumstances like an important project at work, small children, or elder care that restrict one’s schedule. Whatever your reason for being restricted on time, you can make up for it by getting the pros to do the job on your property. By using our installation services, you’ll have the peace of mind of having the job done correctly and you can focus your time on your own prioritized tasks.

    How Much Help Do you Have?

    It can also come to a simple matter of logistics. Our SOJAG garages and structures typically require two people to assemble everything safely and correctly. If you don’t have the extra help, don’t try to do the project alone. In this case, getting professional support is key to your physical safety. Conversely, If you have a handy friend who is excited to help you with your new installation, willing to share their tools and expertise, then you are off to a good start to a DIY adventure. You'll be able to enjoy the project and conduct it to spec by following our detailed installation tutorials.

    How Much Do You Want to DIY?

    The decision can also come down to one simple question: do you want to do a DIY project? If you do, we’ll guide you to doing the installation safely. Our garages and gazebos all come with handy installation videos that will teach the able-bodied novice how to get the job done with one extra person to help. On the other hand, you may simply prefer to outsource the work, even if you can do it yourself. There’s no reason to delve deeper into the “why”, either. Simple convenience is reason enough to get GoConfigure’s general contracting support.

    Benefits of DIY Installation

    Choosing DIY or professional installation has certain benefits that ultimately draw different people toward either decision. If you choose to assemble your SOJAG structure yourself, you will experience these benefits.

    You’ll Save Money on Labor

    SOJAG structures always come as a default DIY kit with the intention to save our clients money. If you have your tools, safety equipment, and the help already on hand, you will be able to save quite a bit of money on professional labor by doing it yourself.

    You’ll Have a More Flexible Time Schedule and Control Over the Project...

    When you build a structure on your property and with your own labor and tools, you can do everything on your own time. This allows you to decide when to
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  6. BBQ at Home: How to Build a DIY Grill Station

    BBQ at Home: How to Build a DIY Grill Station

    Imagine sinking your teeth into a cut of steak that has been grilled to perfection. Now, imagine being able to make that for yourself at home with your very own...

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  7. DIY Outdoor Kitchens and Outdoor Kitchen Plans: The Ultimate Guide

    DIY Outdoor Kitchens and Outdoor Kitchen Plans: The Ultimate Guide

    It may be getting cooler outside, but that doesn't mean you need to stop enjoying your outdoor living space. Enjoy the autumn breeze from your backyard

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