Gazebos are freestanding, covered structures that are located away from the house. They are great for entertaining or relaxing. You could even choose to locate a spa in your gazebo, allowing you to enjoy it in an outdoor environment while still not sacrificing privacy. Gazebos are a great focal point in the garden and, designed correctly, make a fantastic, usable feature.
There are some things that you will have to take into consideration when designing your gazebo. Firstly is what you will be using it for. If you plan on using it for dining outdoors, then it should be placed conveniently to the kitchen. This will save long walks back and forth with food and the like.
Also consider the size of the gazebo. It should be in scale with the surrounding elements such as the house and existing garden. If you have a larger garden with mature trees, then a larger gazebo would suit. Smaller gazebos work well with smaller gardens. The gazebo and the house should also complement each other. Repeating elements of your house design in the gazebo will make the whole property look unified. This can be achieved by using similar materials or colours.
Gazebos can also be fitted with a multitude of things including screens, windows, doors, built-in furniture, electricity, and plumbing for sinks, toilets and spas. Because there are so many design choices that can be made, it may be a good idea to talk to a garden designer. They will be able to help you design something that suits the surrounding garden, and that meets your needs and also your budget.
There are three main types of gazebos – timber, metal and vinyl.
There are several different roofing materials that you can opt to use on your gazebo. These include:
There are also different materials that you can use for flooring. The most common types are timber decking, paving, and concrete.
As some gazebos may require council permission to build, the professional will be able to help you to liaise with the council to ensure that the project will meet all requirements.
You should ensure that you get a detailed written quote that includes all aspects of your project, and ask to see examples of previous work if at all possible.
The cost of a gazebo will largely be determined by its size and the materials used. Simple timber gazebos can be built for a couple of thousand dollars, and can escalate in price to in excess of $10 000. Besides the frame the type of roofing used will also impact the overall cost of your gazebo, as will the addition of optional accessories such as windows. Gazebo builders are likely to quote a set price to include labour and materials.
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