Technically, today’s item for your garden is known as a Covered Bridge, but we’re going to take a bit of poetic licence and call it a Gazebo Bridge, so that it fits in more closely with the theme of our site.
There are plenty of bridges available for use with garden ponds, many of which are very pretty indeed, but you don’t often see the covered variety, so we were basically looking for an excuse to include this model on our site – after all, it is covered, and it does have those gazebo-like lattice screens.
Covered bridges are somewhat of a rarity, not only in the garden, but in general too.
There are a few fairly famous ones, with the most well-known being the Ponte Vecchio, in Florence Italy, although there’s also the Pulteney Bridge in Bath, England, which is also intriguing:
|Ponte Vecchio||Pulteney Bridge|
Now, it has to be said that we’re not recommending you build anything so grandiose in your own yard, of course! :-)
So, back to the more practical Covered Bridge, shown above.
Now, the first thing you’ll be thinking, no doubt, is, OK, if I buy a bridge for my garden, then I’ll probably need a water feature first.
And you’d be dead right, of course!
There are three main types of water feature you might find, although the first is offered somewhat tongue in cheek.
Firstly, they do say that an Englishman’s home is his castle, so you could, if you had the space, build a moat around your house. And then, once you’ve got your moat, and filled it with water (but no piranhas, please), you can use your covered bridge in place of the more mechanically-challenging drawbridge.
Secondly, you may be one of those lucky families who have a small stream running through their garden, in which case one of these “gazebo bridges” would be perfect for you.
The third option, and perhaps the most realistic for most folks, is to have some form of garden pond.
Now, you’ll need to make sure that the size of your pond and the size of your bridge match, so let’s talk about the different sizes that these covered bridges come in.
There are three different widths available – 4, 6 and 8 feet – and four different lengths – 8, 12, 16 and 20 feet.
This model is made from select pine, which is a grade just above #2. What this means, in practice, is that the pine has fewer and smaller knots in it, and each of those knots is tight.
Select pine readily accepts all kinds of paints and stains, so you can add splashes of dynamic color to your bridge. In fact, paints and stains help protect it from the harsh outdoor elements, which is why it’s that select pine be stained or painted every one or two years to preserve its life.
There is another finish available, made from a material called Dura-Temp, which we first introduced when we reviewed some pool cabanas, a couple of weeks ago or so.
This covered Dura-Temp bridge is available in all the same sizes as the pine one at the top of this page, but you get a choice of colours too.
We have to say that we much prefer the Covered Pine Bridge – the pine has a much warmer feel to it, and of course it looks more natural.
Click here to customise your covered bridge now…
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