There is no doubt that having a garden gazebo adds a certain “je ne sais quoi” to your house.
But it’s a lot more than just a thing of beauty, sitting in your back yard – it also serves many different purposes, which means having your own outdoor gazebo is something that more and more homeowners are investigating.
So, let’s take a look at some of the obvious, as well as less obvious, uses to which patio gazebos can be put.
The main reason why most people buy, or build, a patio gazebo is so that they have somewhere to sit out, whatever the weather – it doesn’t matter if you’re concerned about being exposed to too much sunlight and heat, or whether you don’t want to get rained on, covered gazebos will meet your needs.
But what else can you use outdoor gazebos for?
Well, you could turn it into a hobby place – somewhere you can indulge in your favourite pastime, such as painting. If you have green fingers, then you could also use your gazebo as a sort of up-market potting shed.
If you’re into yoga, tai chi, some form of martial arts or other exercise regimen, or maybe meditation, a home gazebo could easily become your very own private dojo. All you need to do is lay down a mat or two, perhaps light a candle, play some soothing music, and what would be really nice would be one of those miniature, table-top Zen-style water fountains.
Now, supposing you have children?
Why not turn your backyard gazebo into a playhouse? That way, they can play, safely, and protected from the elements. Set up a small toy chest, fill it with some of their (current) favourite toys, install a bookshelf or two and stock it with a variety of fun and/or education books and magazines, make sure they have somewhere to site and a table if they need to write or draw anything (so make sure they have scrap paper and crayons too), and voilà, your kids have their very own play den (until you adults need to use your gazebo, later in the day, of course).
If you’re the sort of person who prefers to work from home, then it could also easily become a home office. Once again, all you require is a suitable chair and probably a desk, and as long as you have electricity available, you can power whatever equipment you may need to do your work (e.g. computer, printer, telephone). Wouldn’t that be better than being locked away inside the spare bedroom?
Depending on the type of gazebo you have, and your budget, then you could really go to town and also install a hot tub or Jacuzzi. This way, you can go for a relaxing soak, alone, or with family or friends, at any time of day, regardless of the weather.
And then, we have a couple of gazebo ideas relating to entertaining.
Firstly, it would make a great place to sit down, chat and have coffee, say, after an outdoor BBQ. Perhaps the night air is getting chilly, or the bugs have come out en masse, so your gazebo would be a fantastic place to go to stay warm and insect-free and continue your evening.
And lastly, a patio gazebo could be a wonderful centrepiece for a wedding, if you’re thinking of hosting the ceremony at home. The bride and groom (and guests too, depending on the size of your gazebo and the number of guests) would be protected from the elements (which bride wants their beautiful white dress rained on or their expensive hair-do blown all over the place by sudden gusts of wind), and you wouldn’t have to worry about mud and grass stains.
So, there you have it – a few ideas on how you could make best use of your gazebo (and maybe even a few that could help justify the purchase to your partner).
All you need to do now is decide whether you want to buy a gazebo and have it professionally installed, or whether you would prefer to go for one of the many gazebo kits that are now available.
The gazebo shown at the top of this article is a 12′ x 18′ Rectangle Gazebo in Pine with Screens made by Countryside Gazebos, but if you’d like one that has a similar look to it, then we suggest the Junction Spa Enclosure 16 x 16 Foot, pictured to the left.
It is made from 100% Western red cedar, including a cedar-shingled roof, it has tough Lexan windows as well as fiberglass frames, and is built to house a spa (which is not included).
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