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Planning for a Gazebo; points to consider before buying or building a gazebo e.g. location, size, use etc.

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Planning for a Garden

There was a time when garden gazebos were only
available to those who could afford to spend an extravagant amount of
money. Gazebos have not only become affordable, the styles are varied
and widely available. No matter what size area you have to devote to
your gazebo building project, you can find the perfect size and style
gazebo that will fit your personal landscape needs.

Before selecting the garden gazebo that is right
for you, there are a few things you must consider carefully.

What is the main purpose of your gazebo?

Will you be using it for a sheltered hot
tub or spa area? 

Garden gazebos can make
a lavish center piece for a specialty garden, an outdoor cooking
or grilling area or just a quiet place to sit with a cup of coffee
and watch birds, or simply relax and view your garden. For
centuries, gazebos have been used as viewing shelters, teahouses,
pavilions, pagodas, summerhouses or kiosks.

You can decide what the design of your garden
gazebo will be like. If you enjoy cooking outside and do a lot of
outdoor entertaining, you may want to install a personalized fire pit or
brick barbecue.

If you decide to place your garden gazebo near your pool
area, why not consider special lighting, an entertainment center or
privacy screening, adding doors or windows and turning your gazebo into
a guest changing area or pool house.

gazebo overlooking view

Once you choose the site of your gazebo the fun

  • Will you add electricity and plumbing? 
  • How about ornamental fountains or adding a
    fish pond or birdbath?

Before choosing your spot be sure and keep in
mind the seasonal advantages and drawbacks for the area you have

  • Do you have high winds in the summer, or heavy
    amounts of snow in winter? 
  • What type of landscaping will you choose
  • Will you use plants, vines, shrubs or trees to
    accent the area?

All of these things need to be considered before
choosing your gazebo.

Gazebos can be constructed from many types of
natural cedars and pines and there are many styles available using vinyl
or other synthetic materials.

gazebo in Japanese garden
 © Piotr Adamczyk
The styles are varied and no matter if
you choose an old fashioned Victorian style, a gazebo with Greek or
Asian influence or a simple rustic country style, be sure and consider
the unlimited availability of accessories for your gazebo. 

You get to pick and choose what type of
space to create, choosing your favorite roof design, decks, specialized
lighting, stairs, railing, doors or gates, built in or freestanding
furniture, outdoor cooking appliances, arbors, trellises, ponds, wishing
wells, footbridges, wooden arbors, even personalized stone pathways.

Because of the popularity of gazebos, you are now
able to personalize and design your garden gazebo in any way you desire.
Whether buying a garden gazebo do-it-yourself kit or having your gazebo
constructed by a professional, be sure and use your imagination when
planning your personal garden gazebo get-a-way. Also keep in mind if you
have enough space in your garden area, why limit yourself to just one?


N. B. When building a gazebo, it might be necessary to get
planning permission or a building permit and the utilities installed
inspected  e.g. In Texas it is that way IF the gazebo is inside the city limits.  





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