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Our Top 5 Favorite Backyard Gazebos

By Whirl Construction (523 words)
Posted in Gazebos/Shelters/Shades on February 22, 2017

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Choosing what sort of gazebo you would like to put in your backyard can be a tough decision. Gazebos can be small or large, fixed or temporary, made of wood, metal, plastic, or composite, square, octagon, round, or any other number of shapes, and come in all the different colors of the rainbow. The one thing that all gazebos have in common is that they are a shaded structure with space beneath for people to gather.

That’s what makes picking the right one such a difficult task. Today, we take a look at our personal favorites.

1. Rotunda

The rotunda is one of the most classic types of gazebos. The rotunda is completely symmetrical in shape from the inside out. Typically, a rotunda will be round, octagonal, hexagonal, etc., and will generally have a tiled or boarded roof. Often they will come with fencing around the outer and on the inside have benches set up around the edges for sitting and admiring the outdoors or simply for entertaining.   

2. Pagoda

A pagoda gazebo is an oriental style, which means that they are often heavily ornate. If you have an Asian style garden, then this gazebo might be the pick for you. Pagodas have tiered roofs and are usually carved out of wood. If it is a more traditional style, then it may be painted in bright reds and golds, however many people choose to just go with a simple plain wooden finish so as not to detract from the prettiness of their garden. Pagodas look perfect when complemented with a koi fish pond for that extra Asian influence.

3. Pavilion

Pavilion gazebos are large, mostly rectangular or square structures that make a bold statement in a backyard. These types of gazebos are great for outdoor entertaining, especially in unpredictable weather conditions. They will usually take up quite a large amount of space so you need to make sure that you have the space for it in your yard. Typically, the pavilion will only have four posts at each corner of the structure, so there is room to move freely from the garden to beneath the structure and out again.

4. Folly

Less of a functional gazebo and more of an ornate structure, the folly gazebo is designed to be a little slice of pretty architecture in your backyard. While there may be seating beneath, it may also to be to show off something like your own wishing well. These gazebos can be made from any material, including wire frame and concrete.

5. Pergola

A pergola is typically a wooden frame, rectangular structure, with wooden beams overhead that expose the sky – and so don’t provide any shelter in winter. These gazebos can look absolutely beautiful, especially if you train vines over the top for a leafy canopy. For those wanting extra coverage, you can add clear plastic on the top so that the rain and the elements cannot come through to catch you unawares.

Check out our gazebos collection to see if there might be one that we can help you with – or ask for a custom job.

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