Planning and Constructing Your Garden Gazebo
You can enhance your garden’s overall aesthetics with plants and other forms of greenery. However, you can also add a gazebo as a lavish piece for your garden. Aside from providing you a place to sit comfortably, a gazebo also provides protection against the heat of the scorching sun, heavy rains, or any other harsh weather.
If you don’t have a gazebo in your garden, now is the time to build one. In this guide, we are going to walk you through the steps involved in planning and constructing a garden gazebo.
Garden Gazebo Construction and Planning
When planning and constructing a garden gazebo, you have to consider a few key factors. They are as follows:
1. Size and Design
The size and design of your garden gazebo are one of the most important factors to consider. You actually have a myriad of options available. You can choose a gazebo with a traditional Victorian style, a gazebo with a contemporary look, or a gazebo with an Asian influence. If you don’t prefer foreign designs, you can also choose a simple rustic country style.
When it comes to sizes, you should make sure that your gazebo is neither too small nor too big for your space. You should allocate enough free space to allow movement and for watering or lighting purposes. Most gazebos often come in standard sizes of around ten to twelve feet. These sizes are often designed for small gardens. However, you can choose a bigger gazebo if you have a spacious yard.
Rectangular shaped roofs are ideal for a family of six or even more. Meanwhile, circular roofs are the best choice for smaller families as they don’t take up too much space.
A garden gazebo is made from various types of materials. You have to make sure the materials used are durable and made to last for years. Typically, a gazebo should have a sturdy roof, side poles, and base.
Most homeowners prefer cedar wood as the material for their garden gazebos due to its strong and durable properties. Aside from that, it also provides aesthetic value to your house, especially the garden area. Another preferred material is vinyl PVC, which is known for its easy cleaning and maintenance feature. It’s also durable and long lasting.
3. Add-ons and Decoration
You should also consider adding certain accessories and decorations during your garden gazebo construction. Certain decorations like curtains and potted plants will provide you with a more serene gazebo atmosphere. You may even add windows and lattice panels if you want your gazebo to be cozier and more appealing.
If you enjoy cooking outside and perform a lot of outdoor entertainment, you can install a personalized fire pit. Also, consider adding a special lighting or an entertainment center.
You want your garden gazebo to complement your existing landscape. For example, you can transform it into a destination point with the presence of garden paths. If you don’t want your gazebo to take center stage, you can place it behind the trees.
Lastly, you should consider your budget when planning and constructing a garden gazebo. A 9-foot gazebo made from wood usually costs around $5,000 for a simple structure. However, it could easily escalate to as much as $15,000 for a gazebo with elaborate design and structure.
On average, homeowners spend around $7,500 for their structure. The cost will vary depending on the materials used, style, shape, size, and the addition of certain accessories. For example, a round shaped gazebo costs around $3,000, while a walled gazebo with full walls and windows can cost around $10,000 or even more.
The Construction Process
Gazebos follow the same building process as that of most structures such as sheds and enclosures. The process starts with the construction of the flooring. When using wood as the flooring material, concrete slabs are placed first to elevate the flooring from the earth.
Afterward, the walls or columns are then placed, followed by the roof. At this point, finishing materials such as screens, fence rails, and roofing materials are added along with certain addons of your choice.
Labor is what makes up most of the construction costs. The materials used usually run from $1,500 to $3,000. However, the labor often runs around $7,000 for a 9-foot gazebo with double roofing, partial walls, and a few screens. Aside from that, you also have to pay for an electrician at around $65 to $85 an hour if you want to include lightings.
Due to their popularity, you can now personalize your garden gazebo construction project. You can just use your imagination to create personalized ideas and designs for your gazebo.
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Lucy M. Clark
Hi there! I’m Lucy - founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.