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GAZEBOS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA


Every homeowner may have a different reason for adding a gazebo to their backyard. Gazebo additions are often used as a kind of covered patio area that allows you to enjoy the natural setting of your yard away from your house. If you have a gardening interest, a gazebo can act as a permanent structure that helps define the garden.

For general landscaping purposes, a gazebo addition will serve as a more beautifying object than a patio or deck. A deck gazebo can add a feeling of elegance to your deck installation. For outdoor parties, they will give you a covered area to set up a buffet table or an extra gathering area for guests. They are also perfect for more formal events like weddings or receptions after religious ceremonies. But, whatever the intended use, the best gazebo addition is as beautiful as it is functional, as romantic as it is valuable, to your home, your yard, and your life.

Five Keys for the Best Possible Gazebo Installation

  • Gazebo Addition Placement: You might think you want to place your gazebo in the middle of your yard for decorative balance but, the best place for a gazebo is usually near other landscaping features. This can include more than just gardens. Gazebos work especially nice near water, whether you want to enjoy the trickling sound of your outdoor pond or watch the kids in your backyard pool.
  • Gazebo Installation Dimensions: The size of your gazebo is usually a combination of decorative balance, budget, and purpose. A smaller gazebo will be more intimate but may reduce the options for its use when you have guests over to your home. A larger gazebo will allow more people to enjoy the structure but can also overwhelm your backyard landscaping and your pockets. Gazebo builders will have seen every size gazebo for every type and size of your yard. Sometimes it's hard to imagine how a gazebo will look until it's built without an experienced eye to help guide you.
  • Finding a Builder for Gazebo Construction: Hiring a gazebo builder is the best way to ensure you get exactly what you want and need from your gazebo. You probably don't realize just how many options you have for your gazebo installation. A gazebo builder will be able to help advise you on the place, size and kind of gazebo that's right for you.
  • Gazebo Construction Materials: Wood gazebo installation is the most traditional and still the most popular. Given that a large part of a gazebo's appeal is the warmth and elegance it brings to a landscape, wood is hard to beat as a gazebo construction material. The one major drawback is maintenance: You'll need to guard against rot, termites, and other wood-damaging pests. Aluminum gazebo installations do away with much of this maintenance. As faux wood finishes continue to improve, aluminum gazebos are beginning to catch on, but even these gazebos are far from indestructible: Make sure your gazebo meets the building requirements for wind storms and other local weathering conditions. Finally, vinyl gazebos are a nice compromise between aluminum and wood. Vinyl has similar maintenance-free qualities to aluminum and may provide a better texture than aluminum.
  • Gazebo Construction Costs: The cost of adding a gazebo to the yard is usually the first question a homeowner will ask. Unfortunately, it's also one of the more difficult questions to answer. The only way to truly gauge how much your gazebo addition is going to cost is to solicit estimate along with a handful specifications to a local gazebo builder.

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