Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gazebo: A Great Add-On To Any Lawn

By Jordan Stewart

Enjoying the outdoors and the beauty of the environment is one of the most popular past-times in today's fast-paced world. Often, this activity is hoped to be practiced in one's own backyard. This is now possible with gazebos. These structures are great additions to one's backyard that will not only allow one to enjoy his/her surroundings; they are also great additions to one's landscape designs.

Today, gazebos are also referred to as pavilions, arbours, belvederes, pagodas or summer houses, and tea houses. These structures are believed to have been in existence for about 5,000 years now. Originally, they were only used as towers or lanterns on the roofs of houses by the members of the royalty who are the only ones who can afford such dwellings. They were used for the purpose of safety and entertainment and were also regarded at that time as earthly paradises. These structures are then characterized by colorful tents with mats on the floor, ornate two-story structures with cupolas, marble columns, and golden seats.

As mentioned earlier, gazebos were originally featured only in gardens of the wealthy and influential. Today however, they can be found in homes and gardens all across the world. They come in different designs from the typical round ones to square, octagonal, or rectangular, small or large, ornate or plain, elegant or rustic, and anything else that one can dream up. They are considered the focal point in the garden and can be used to entertain guests and relatives or simply as a quiet place sit and read or view your garden from a different angle through its traditional open sides. Most people use this gazebo to recharge their batteries and find relaxation after a long and stressful day.

Gazebos are also a great place where kids can play with parents not worrying that their kids be exposed to the harmful rays of the sun or rain. Designed with children's toys, tables, and chairs, gazebos can serve as playhouses where children can play for hours. Aside from such, these structures are great additions to one's garden design and add to the picturesque scenery of the landscape.

There are a number of things that need to be remembered if you are thinking about adding a gazebo to your backyard or garden. One of the things to consider is the material. In many cases, wood, specifically cedar and redwood, is considered the most popular due to its durability and resistance to weather conditions. Pressure treated lumber on the other hand is great for those who are under a budget. After choosing the material, it is then important to decide how you will go about with the construction. One can opt for the do-it-yourself method with the help of gazebo kits which come in step by step instructions or by hiring a contractor and landscape architect in order to create an original design. Lastly, do not forget to consider the spot where the gazebo will be located and the accessories that will go with it.

Gazebos can indeed benefit one in a variety of ways. As a great garden design to a refuge from the harsh weather, gazebos are great additions to one's garden. With the huge number of choices on how to build one, one will definitely be able to construct a structure that would fit his/her lifestyle and preference.

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