The Crazy Gazebo

The gazebo is that odd-sounding piece of the landscape that just seems to make a home complete. It is that quintessential finishing touch to your landscape that means you plan on staying for awhile and want to be comfortable while doing it. The gazebo may be growing in popularity for homeowners but it remains a relatively rare building to see on people’s lawns. Part of its rarity is no doubt due to the fact that so many people are relatively unfamiliar with the gazebo and its potential role in their landscape.

Strictly speaking, a gazebo is little more than a stand alone building. Like a building, a gazebo has a roof to provide occupants shelter from the elements. A gazebo may even have electricity running out to it when people decide to add ornamental lights or perhaps a ceiling fan. However, a gazebo is a completely open structure on all sides.

The structure is free of any windows or doors. This creates a sense of openness that is a preferred feature for gazebo owners. However, in colder climates, this overwhelming sense of openness becomes too costly in the winter and the structure is generally abandoned until late Spring when the air is warm enough to enjoy without a parka.

Manufacturers are making owning a gazebo easier than ever these days. A growing number of companies are selling pre-fabricated gazebos that simply have to be delivered. These quality-made units can be dropped off and enjoyed on the same day.

If you don’t want to spend the extra money for a pre-fabricated gazebo, you can always order a kit. A typical gazebo kit will include all the lumber, hardware, and instructions necessary to construct your very own piece of paradise at your own leisure. Kits are typically much less expensive than pre-fabricated models but it takes a lot more time and effort to build the gazebo on your own than to simply have one dropped off. For the really tenacious do-it-yourself buff, there is always the custom-built gazebo option.

In all reality, a custom gazebo is the surest way to ensure that it matches with your home. Have you ever seen a gazebo that just seemed to have nothing at all to do with the home.