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Gazebos are charming. Their fanciful near-round form and peaked roof have a unique appeal that’s been popular for generations. In the Victorian age large elaborate gazebos were built in public parks and on the grounds of stately mansions. Today’s homeowners can enjoy smaller gazebos that have the same effect.
The site plan for a gazebo is key. Gazebo means a “gazing room” where one sits to enjoy beautiful landscaping and scenery. Place it in the garden where handsome sight lines extend. Set it up on a long expanse of lawn with sweeping vistas on all sides. Or, build in a secluded, shady spot that makes a perfect place for an intimate talk. Gazebos lend themselves to varied settings.
Think about the purpose of your gazebo. How many people will use it at any one time? What furniture will it hold? Will you be barbequing there? These issues will determine the optimum size. A variety of plans for gazebos of all sizes are available to do-it-yourself homeowners. Most gazebos are 6 or 8 sided structures but a round one is appropriate too.
Pre-made kits are available for those who can adapt an existing gazebo to their site.
The advantages of a kit are:
No planning necessary
The materials and finish of the gazebo’s walls and roof will determine its style. Pressure treated wood with simple railing and wood shingles creates a rustic gazebo. Painted surfaces using lattice and turned balusters are classic. Gazebos decorated with friezes and slat railing in elaborate shapes evoke turn of the century lifestyles.
Gazebos add a winsome allure to a garden setting. Plan yours today!
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff