Gazebos add charm to the garden

A gazebo is one of the most attractive focal points in an outdoor space, but it's also one of the most practical ones as well. With so much variety in gazebo design and style, you can find one that suits both your tastes and your needs for relaxing outdoors.

Yard and garden gazebos are popular choices, but you can also incorporate a gazebo right into your patio deck. A patio gazebo is typically built into the corner of the deck and can be a welcome break from the sun during the day and the bugs when night comes.

Gazebo Buying Options

There are plenty of already-assembled gazebo options on the market, but you can also opt for a do-it-yourself gazebo kit. Gazebo kits come with pre-fabricated materials and all the nuts and bolts you'll need for assembly, so the only thing you'll be responsible for are tools and the time it takes to put the structure together. This option can save you money and is not too difficult, even for beginners.

If you're even more adventurous (and frugal), you can purchase a gazebo plan and build your own structure from scratch. You'll have to know a thing or two about carpentry for this option, and for many, the time and effort might not be worth the savings. Still, if you enjoy woodworking or building, it's a great option.

How to Choose Your Gazebo

Gazebo designs can range from simple to elaborate – you can even get a spa gazebo complete with a hot tub for ultimate pampering! – but the most important thing is that it's durable. Wood and aluminum are the most popular choices in materials. If you choose wood, make sure it's pressure-treated or ensure you apply a weatherproof stain every year to help prevent rot.

If you are planning on buying either a gazebo kit or materials to construct your own, you want to make sure you know how to build a gazebo. There are a variety of books, gazebo plans and other materials available to you online to help you through this process.

Shape and size are your most important style considerations. Gazebos are often octagonal or rectangular, both of which lend themselves to built-in bench seating. Size is entirely up to you, but a good rule of thumb is to ensure the structure doesn't take up more than two thirds of your lawn.

Finally, you'll want to think of comfort elements for your gazebo. For example, a screened gazebo can make all the difference when you're sitting outside for long periods of time, and you'll also want to think about the amount of shade or sun each style will allow in your desired space.

In short, a good rule to follow before you make your purchase is to think twice before you scrimp – while you may think it's wise to go cheap, spending a little extra for the features you want will help you get the most use out of your structure. After all, wouldn't we all love beautiful gazebos to match our patio decks?

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