Add a Gazebo to Enrich Your Outdoor Living Space

by Luke Whittaker

A backyard gazebo is the ultimate…
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…accent for any yard or deck.

Gazebos are enchanting, practical and visually stunning.

These charming structures provide a comfortable, welcoming area to relax in, and they come in a variety of styles to suit any aesthetic.

Whether you want a romantic hideaway or a festive party zone, there is a gazebo style that is perfect for you.

Who Should Buy a Gazebo?

Anyone who wants to add living space to a yard will benefit from erecting a gazebo. As recreational shelters, gazebos provide countless opportunities to enjoy the wonders of nature.

A gazebo is not only a functional entertainment space, it’s also an impressive visual feature for your yard. The distinct look of a gazebo can instantly evoke childhood memories or the peaceful emotions of a simpler time. 

What are the Advantages of Adding a Gazebo?

Gazebos provide ample protection against the elements. You can stay sheltered from the sweltering heat of the sun on summer days, or you can use a space heater and remain warm and cozy in the winter.

By adding screens, you will create additional protection against light rain as well. Screened gazebos are also ideal for keeping bothersome insects, flies and bees away.

If you have young children, you can benefit from using a gazebo as a play area. How many times have you chased your child off your newly installed artificial grass or out of your freshly planted garden?

A gazebo can provide your little ones with a safe, comfortable and appropriate place for daydreaming, reading or playing games. 

A gazebo is also a valuable addition as far as visual interest is concerned. The best way to boost the overall appeal of a house is to make the living space appear warm and inviting.

Enhancing the outside area is essential for making a good first impression. A gazebo is a great selling point in an unstable real estate market as well. The majesty of this outdoor structure will set you apart from other sellers. 

How Can a Gazebo be Used?

The way you use your gazebo depends on your lifestyle and personal needs. Some people use them as impressive focal points for gardens, yards or decks.

Gazebos can be elegant and ornate, or they can be modest and traditional. Regardless of the design you choose, you should be able to maximize your enjoyment of the great outdoors while improving your overall living space. 

A gazebo can be used as:

  • a romantic getaway with your loved one
  • a place to entertain guests or have a barbecue 
  • a hot tub or sauna shelter
  • a wedding ceremony location 
  • a family photo spot
  • a play area for children
  • a quiet retreat for reading, relaxing or viewing your surroundings

What are the Design Options?

Depending on your personal needs and interests, you should select a gazebo that will provide the longevity, functionality and aesthetic you desire.

If you want your gazebo to stand out amid a lush, flourishing garden, choose a more elaborate structure. A simple, rural yard can be complemented nicely by a classic and traditional lattice design. 

Gazebos vary in price depending on the size and quality of the structure. The most popular and affordable shapes are the octagon and hexagon versions, but many people opt for more costly designs like ovals, rectangles and squares.

You may also pay more for a gazebo that has screens or solid sides. Gazebos may be constructed from wood or vinyl, and each type offers different advantages.

Where Should a Gazebo be Placed?

Once you have decided that a gazebo is right for you, you will need to consider placement of the structure. You may want to choose a corner spot so the gazebo doesn’t interfere with the natural flow of your yard.

If you want the gazebo to be the main event, consider placing it in a centered position near the back of the yard. You can also build the gazebo in the front portion of your yard and use paving stones to make a walkway to it. 

Some homeowners prefer to have a gazebo on a deck or patio. Choosing this option allows you to save space in your yard. If you opt for a deck or patio gazebo, make sure the area you want to build on is structurally sound.

It’s also a good idea to check for any local restrictions and obtain any necessary building permits before you become attached to a certain location. 

What Extras are Needed?

You can dress up a gazebo in any way you choose, and you’re only limited by your imagination. Like any other space in your home, a gazebo should reflect your lifestyle, interests and personality.

One of the best ways to turn a simple gazebo into a luxurious, tranquil escape is to add plush, cozy seating. Wicker furniture is ideal for outdoor areas, and you can add your own cushions to suit your tastes. 

Another way to create an inviting atmosphere is to add appropriate lighting. If your gazebo is going to be party central, choose bright, energy efficient lights.

For a more romantic look, use candles or soft, subtle lighting. You can choose from battery-operated lights if you want to avoid cords or wires. 

Other ways to accessorize a gazebo include:

  • adding a trellis
  • hanging plants and flowers like ferns and petunias
  • placing rugs on the floor
  • installing a ceiling fan
  • adding small tables or shelving units
  • installing a paver walkway that connects the gazebo to the house or patio area 

An outdoor gazebo can provide a sense of peace and serenity. It is the ideal place to relax, socialize or breathe in the fresh air.

If you want more insider tips on how to improve your outdoor living area, contact Install It Direct.

Join our mailing list or sign up for a free estimate, and we will help you boost the quality of your home life. 

Luke Whittaker

Luke is the Co-Founder of  INSTALL-IT-DIRECT, Venuelust.comEstate Weddings and Events, & YourNorthCounty.com. When Luke is not working on his businesses, his second passions are in health, education(obsessed with learning) and traveling the world(life is too short to remain idle). His favorite destinations to date are Laos, Croatia, South Africa & Sri Lanka. New Zealand is next on the list...Follow him on Google+Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

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