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Gazebos

A gazebo or canopy is a great addition to any yard or garden. It creates a perfect spot in which to relax or entertain company, and you can even make it the focal point of your backyard design. Along with dozens of styles and sizes, gazebos offer several options for extreme customization. While adding one isn’t as involved as a new addition to your home, you’ll still want to consider the following before making a decision.

Should I get a patio gazebo or a canopy tent?


There are many different varieties of gazebo out there, so choose something that not only fits with your home’s outdoor decor but also meshes with your outdoor activities and lifestyle. For a more permanent option, try a hardtop or wooden gazebo. These have a traditional appeal, and will be a great addition to your landscape for years to come. Do make sure to stain the wood at least once a year to help prevent deterioration. Looking for something less permanent? Vinyl-sided gazebos, also referred to as canopy tents, can be easier to care for and don’t have as many problems associated with weathering. Most models are fairly versatile and can be set up and taken down in a matter of minutes. Also consider how customized you want your outdoor canopy. Gazebo kits often allow you to customize rails, braces, trims, roofs and flooring to get exactly the look you desire.

Where should I place my garden gazebo?


They require a flat surface for stability, but don’t let that limit your imagination. Along with using a concrete pad, you can place your addition on an existing patio or deck, as well as positioning the legs on garden pavers if you only have soft landscaping, like a large lawn. Some of the more flexible canopies even have adjustable legs that allow for use on a hillside or sloped garden bed. When planning its placement, keep in mind how you use your yard, both now and in the future. Will small children play in it? Will it cover a hot tub or conflict with sprinklers or gardening plans? Asking yourself these sort questions can help you decide on the best spot, and choose the right shape and size.

Are there additional items I can add to my gazebo or canopy tent?


You can create a unique and personalized space with additional elements. Benches or other kinds of seating are great for entertaining or relaxing, and removable windows or screens will help protect you and your guests from insects and the weather. A door can provide added privacy, while electricity is a great option for late-night entertaining. Don’t forget about stylistic options like crown molding, flooring, flower boxes, paint and trim on the permanent to semi-permanent models for that little extra boost of outdoor living.
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