Gazebos—you don’t have to be rich and famous to live like you are

One garden element that can add a little magic to your garden landscape is a gazebo. There’s something romantic about a gazebo. Who can forget the gazebo scene in the movie The Sound of Music.

Evidence indicates the existence of gazebos over two thousand years ago in both Persia and China. (Wikipedia)

A carefully built and crafted gazebo is aesthetically pleasing and adds a visual focal point to your garden. This means that you should give careful consideration as to where to build it. Set-back by-laws may also play a role here.

Not only is a gazebo visually pleasing, it can also be practical. It provides protection from the elements, both sun and rain, can be used for outdoor dining and entertainment, to house an outdoor kitchen, or even an outdoor spa.

There is also a style of Gazebo to fit almost any architecture. Styles hail from just about everywhere including the South Pacific, the UK, and Continental Europe. They also come in a variety of shapes, the most common being four-sided, six-sided, and eight-sided (octagonal).

A gazebo can be made of a variety of materials depending on whether you are going to paint it or stain it, etc. Canadian Cedar is a common choice for our Toronto weather as is a mixture of composite materials and more traditional building materials like Cedar or pressure-treated wood. The gazebo pictured in the accompanying image above (courtesy of the TimberTech website) is using a variety of TimberTech materials in its construction, i.e., rails, decking.

For the purposes of this short article I can’t even begin to describe the variety of styles and choices you have.

The one suggestion I would make, however, is to choose your builder very carefully so you will be happy with the results.

For lots of gazebo samples and ideas search “gazebo” in Google Images or check out the link below:

Here we are building a custom gazebo for a client.

That’s all for now. Until next time, we’ll keep Building It Right.™

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