A screened-in gazebo offers much-needed mosquito protection. The bug screen on this structure also provides protection from errant golf balls, so when some hacker yells, "Fore!" you don't have to duck.
Because of their odd shape, gazebos attached directly to homes often need a transition to make the connection work. In this case a small porch extension solves the problem. The scrollwork trim echoes elements on the house instead of being an exact style match.
Gazebo for Entertaining
Add dramatic, stylish elements to your gazebo to make a design statement as you would indoors. This charming structure blends the classic gazebo shape with features that suggest a centuries-old English conservatory. The additional protection afforded by French doors and windows allows the gazebo to be furnished much as an interior space would be.
Pathway to Gazebo
A gazebo built for entertaining should span at least 10 feet and should provide at least 75 inches of headroom. This porchlike screen gazebo also features overhead lighting for evening dining and potted plants that bring the garden inside.
Create an easy-to-follow pathway to your gazebo that can be used day and night. Following a trail of brightly colored flowers by day and low-voltage path lighting by night leads you to this ridgetop gazebo with a view of a swimming pool on one side and a pond on the other.
Formal Garden Gazebo
Consider widely spaced latticework for less privacy and more views. Chippendale-style latticework adds architectural character to the railings and sides of this gazebo without impeding views as traditional crisscross lattice would.
A formal garden demands a structure that's equally sophisticated. This gazebo with its peaked roof and lattice-embellished sides complements the formal landscape that surrounds it.
Applying a finish with natural wood tones allows a structure to blend more easily into its surroundings. Here, a brown semitransparent stain borrows color from the lumber itself and makes the structure seem a more integral part of the landscape. Paint would accomplish the same visual result but would require more maintenance.
Ordering ready-to-construct gazebo kits from a catalog can be an easy option--but beware of gazebo plans that aren't do-it-yourself-friendly. Surrounded by a lush garden, this mail-order gazebo transforms a deck into an all-day summer destination. Groundcover plants, hostas, and statuary establish a pleasing, comforting atmosphere around the gazebo.