Enclosed Garden Structures: Pergolas, Pavilions, Sheds, and More

An enclosed pergola, pavilion, or other outdoor structure can provide a private retreat in your own backyard.

Classic Pergola

Classic columns support this pergola and create a dining space in front of the pool house. A pergola with open sides lets you enjoy some shelter from the elements without obstructing your view of or connection with the rest of the outdoor living area.

Smart Gazebo Windows

This gazebo's windows were strategically positioned to overlook the surrounding scenery. And see-through screening allows great views without sacrificing privacy.

Private Pavilion

Create an extraordinary private retreat by perching a pavilion at the edge of a deck. This structure features sliding glass doors and full-length curtains that can be drawn to create a separate room. When the doors and curtains are open, the pavilion is a natural part of the deck.

Well-Placed Lath House

The goal of placing a garden structure should be to make it look as though it's in the perfect spot. This charming lath house is a tight fit on the patio, but it creates a cozy dining area that makes the tiny yard feel more functional. The peaked roof is a smart feature that screens the neighbor's garage and home.

Wide Lath Pattern

With an open grid that suggests window muntins, this lath house keeps views relatively clear. Note that the lath pattern on the roof is linear and much tighter than on the walls, a common feature of such structures.

Screen House

A screened-in house adds much more protection from the elements than a classic pergola, and it's a popular choice for areas with extreme climates.

Pool Storage

Pools and sheds make a great combination, whether you need extra storage or a place to relax in the shade. With its back to the woods and its large screened porch facing the pool, this handsome shed adds to the pool's sense of enclosure and seclusion. During the off-season, the shed stores the poolside grill and outdoor furniture.

Insect-Resistant Retreat

Waterfront settings are breeding grounds for insects, so a space with screens is especially valuable during the summer. If the structure is built on a wood deck, be sure to attach the screen fabric to the underside of the floor planking to close off the gaps.

Substantial Pavilion

With its prominent columns, conventional entry door, and window screens, this pavilion takes on an abundance of protective gear. Any more enclosure and it would seem more like a small building than a garden structure. The brick paver approach and white paint give it a formal look that's classic for a pavilion.

Simple Construction

This simple structure keeps you close to nature while also functioning as a private retreat perfect for an intimate dinner for two.

Well-Lit Summerhouse

With electricity, any outdoor structure becomes a popular nighttime gathering spot. This summerhouse with lath walls and a shake roof can be enjoyed well into the night. The light blue ceiling inside creates a delightful, airy visual surprise.

Well-Designed Shed

A shed doesn't have to have boring--or shoddy--design. These rich architectural elements, including a cross-gabled roof and entry archway that shows off the deep red salvaged entry door. Asymmetrical landscaping and plumb-but-curving porch columns add quirky charm to the building's simple symmetry.

Poolside Pavilion

Aside from the obvious benefit of keeping insects and birds out of your garden structure, screens filter sunlight and increase privacy. This screened poolside pavilion could double as a sleeping porch on warm summer nights.

Hardworking Eaves

When it comes to roof considerations for your enclosed outdoor structure, think beyond mere aesthetics. On this screen room, the eaves overhang the siding for a handsome look that's also practical: The overhangs help keep both the interior of the room and the rough-sawn siding dry.

Garden Room

Consider adding a garden room like this one to provide welcome shade in full-sun areas.

Inviting Lath House

A lath house is a practical compromise between a screened-in pergola and a wide-open pavilion. With a hip roof reminiscent of an old railroad depot, this structure is dense enough to provide substantial shade. A small enclosure like this is still comfortable, even though it does little to combat rain or cold temperatures.

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