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How to Build a Vegas-Style Cabana

Cabanas are all the rage at posh clubs. Build your own Vegas-style cabana and be the talk of the neighborhood.

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Step 1: Select Site, Set Posts

Select the site for the cabana and mark the placement of the four posts. Use a post-hole digger to dig holes 24 inches deep and 14 inches wide. Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage. Insert 6x6 posts in holes. Ensure the posts are level and plumb. Attach temporary 2x4 bracing to hold in place. Mix fast-drying cement according to manufacturer's directions and pour in holes. Let cure for 24 hours.

Step 2: Attach Cross Beams

Using 4-inch galvanized wood screws, attach 2x10 boards to the outside of the posts to form a box. Adjust their height according to the design of the cabana. Leave plenty of room to walk beneath the beams. Attach additional 2x10 boards to the inside of the posts on the front and back of the cabana. Cut down the top of the posts so they all extend 12 inches above the crossbeams. Finish with decorative post-toppers.

Step 3: Attach Bamboo Roof

Cut 2x4 boards that span the distance between the front and back cross beams. Use 3" galvanized wood screws to attach the roof supports to the cross beams. Space them every 12 inches from left to right on the cabana. Cut panels of bamboo fencing to cover the roof from front to back and side to side. Drill pilot holes and attach the roofing to the cross beams using finishing nails.

Step 4: Attach Rear Bamboo Panels

Cut two panels of bamboo fencing to cover the back wall from top to bottom and side to side. Attach the panels to each other by wrapping metal wire around two neighboring bamboo poles. Drill pilot holes and attach the fencing to the rear posts and cross beams using finishing nails.

Step 5: Attach Front and Side Bamboo Panels

Cut down panels of bamboo fencing to lengths of 12 inches using a circular saw outfitted with a fine-tooth blade. Attach the cut bamboo panels to the outer crossbeams on the front and sides of the cabana with finishing nails. Drill pilot holes to avoid splitting.

Step 6: Add Bamboo Caps

Bamboo caps are pieces of bamboo that have been split lengthwise. Cut pieces of bamboo caps to conceal the top and bottom edges of the bamboo fencing on the front and sides of the cabana. Drill pilot holes and secure with finishing nails. For a more finished look, cut small lengths of bamboo caps and attach to the corners.

Step 7: Accessorize Cabana

Consider furnishing with a double chaise lounge, an outdoor television, and a couple of outdoor speakers. Lighting is a natural addition as well.

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