Now, all of these different little buildings may look the same to you, but here’s one that we didn’t actually cover when we discussed the difference between gazebos and pergola – it’s actually an outdoor cabana.
A cabana (or, more strictly, cabaña, as the word comes from the Spanish for “hut”) can take one of several forms, so all of these definitions are valid:
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If you’re looking for a pool cabana that is more like a cabin vs. a small hut or a tent, then you’ll find that they come in these three popular materials as described.
Firstly, there are the vinyl cabanas, such as the one shown above. Now, that doesn’t mean that the entire cabana is made of vinyl – only that vinyl sidings are used to protect your cabana from the elements.
Secondly, there are the wooden cabanas, and one very popular wood used in their construction is red cedar, as its natural oils help protect it from both age decay and insect attack.
The one shown to the right also has optional cedar shingles, a cupola, custom French double doors, louvered shutters and a cedar tone stain/ sealer.
And finally, there are the Dura-Temp cabanas. Dura-Temp is an economical choice that still gives the appearance and feel of real wood – because it is real wood.
It is made to resemble wood slats and is a heavy-duty plywood-based siding, with grooves every 8 inches. Duratemp is easily painted, and holds up to the harshest of weather conditions.
So, although pool cabanas are intended for use by a pool (or maybe down on the beach, by the waterfront), you can, of course, find plenty of other uses for them.
Larger cabanas can be used as a guest house, if you have family or friends staying with you for a while. This means that they can have their privacy when they want it, but you can all get together at meal times (either indoors, or maybe in what they now call an outdoor room).
If you have kids, then a backyard cabana would make a great playhouse for them, and with it being enclosed, they can even play if it’s raining outside.
If you need a bit of peace and quiet – perhaps to practise yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc, or maybe just to chill out and read a book without being deafened by screaming kids, barking dogs or a TV blaring away, then a cabana would make an ideal hideaway for an hour or two.
With some suitable music playing and maybe some incense burning, what a fantastic, stress-free atmosphere this would create for your clients!
There are even pool cabana designs that would actually work out great as a potting shed, should you have green fingers (and therefore not need the AeroGarden devices we recommended for use in the attached sunroom).
We’re sure you’ll think up many more uses for your cabana, so remember that all of the backyard cabanas shown in this article are available in several different sizes, depending on the space you have and what you want to use them for. The smallest is 10 feet x 12 feet, while the largest is 14 feet x 36 feet.
Whatever your needs are, start customizing your very own cabana today!
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