Outdoor events like cooking and dining, swimming and lounging, TV or movie watching or playing the latest video game are a breeze, so to speak, in an individually designed and constructed pavilion, gazebo or pergola.
The choice of outdoor structure would likely be based on your individual geographical location and climate, with dry desert climates leaning to the open-sided pavilions and open-roofed pergolas; while structures in the humid, rainy, southeastern or tropical climates are often more comfortable with window screens and a water-resistant roof.
In addition to enriching your family life, a quality-built outdoor structure will also add to the value of your property. Almost like adding a room to the house, the more permanent the outdoor structure, the more value you will add to your home.
A Victorian inspired gazebo could serve as a site for a wedding, a romantic dinner for two, or just a stop along the way on a walk with the dogs. A gazebo can be fitted with screens if mosquitos are a problem, and can be built at ground level with a stone, tile or hardwood floor. It could also be raised up a step or two, and gazebo roofs are often topped with a weather vane or small cupola. Filigree railings, latticework and spindles, known as ‘gingerbread,’ are normally characteristic of a gazebo as well, and they are often painted in three-or-four-color Victorian combinations. You can also try your hand at custom gazebo kits.
A gazebo is more contained than a pavilion or a pergola, and many are used as fully furnished and appointed outdoor additions to the home. The gazebo is a classic garden structure.