Some time ago, gazebos were only present in homes with big space because most of the designs were incorporated for homes with lots of land. During this time, gazebos were only for the rich and landed. Today, things have changed and even homes with small gardens and backyards can enjoy the beauty and convenience of having a gazebo. Thanks to great designers and enthusiastic DIYers it is now possible to construct a year-round gazebo in your backyard using your two hands. Here are some things to consider for this project.
There are different gazebo kits made specifically for different materials. Gazebos used to be made of wood but technology has provided us with different kinds of materials such as aluminum and vinyl. There are pros and cons to using different materials. Wood for example is perfect if you want that traditional look. Gazebo kits for wood will sometimes include the type of wood to be used. Cedar and beech are some of the most common. These woods are affordable and lightweight so the average person won’t encounter too many problems during construction. These woods are treated so they will last a long time.
However the traditional gazebo won’t be appealing for those people who want something modern or unique looking. Thankfully there are modern alternatives like aluminum. These kits feature frames made from aluminum. It is lightweight but won’t rust so it will last a long time. In some cases, the roofing will be in plastic, canvass or other material like acrylic sheets. This is another advantage because these materials are also lightweight and durable.
The downside to buying this kind of gazebo kit is the cost. Aluminum kits can be very expensive and if you choose expensive sidings and roofing the cost could run to the thousands. The cost can be a deterrent to people who are looking for something modern but affordable.
Vinyl is a mix of the new and the traditional. These kits are made from synthetic material and are very affordable compared to wood and aluminum. They are also easy to construct and maintain. However many owners feel that vinyl gives gazebos and artificial look. Many comment that it looks “plastic” and were unpopular choices when it came to kits. The good news is that manufactures today have perfected a technique that makes vinyl look like wood at a lower price.
Some nice gazebo pics: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/outdoor-decor-backyard-gazebos_n_1456440.html
Size also matters when you’re thinking about making a gazebo. If you have a small backyard or garden, stick to the small sized gazebos. This will leave you room for plants, a pathway and other aesthetics. If you have a big place, you can make your gazebos big enough for outdoor parties or barbecues or build a small one you can enjoy personally.
Gazebo kits give DIYers a chance to make their dream gazebos. It can give them the satisfaction of making something with their hands. They are also a cheaper and more affordable alternative to having one custom made or designed for you. Gazebo kit plans are easy to follow and in some cases include all the necessary materials to make building it easier.
Here is a great gazebo resource: http://www.gardenandpatiohomeguide.com/