Would you like a spot on your property just for relaxation? A gazebo or pergola is ideal. In this blog, you’ll learn the distinguishing features of each and the types of settings for which they’re suited. You’ll also see lovely examples! In your mind’s eye, try them on for size. Picture your private retreat.
Dating back to the 1800s, this shelter resembles a house without walls. The roof descends from a central peak, over a finished floor. The pavilion is the most popular type of gazebo, large enough for several people. This structure blends well with all types of terrain and climates. If you wish to install an outdoor hot tub, a pavilion will easily accommodate it. These gazebos make great hot tub enclosures.
This style is enchanting and ornate. Decorative options include fretwork, friezes, finials, and turned spindles. The design is perfect for a garden setting or a Victorian home. The architecture harks back to the late 19th century, during Queen Victoria’s reign. The material is typically wood or metal. However, vinyl is available, able to weather humidity, water, and UV radiation. Virtually maintenance-free, the material doesn’t crack, chip, or rot. If you live in an area frequented by storms, vinyl is a wise choice.
A type of Japanese architecture, the pagoda replicates a small temple. Octagonal in shape, it can be simple or elaborate. The pagoda’s defining characteristic is a tiered roof, topped with a finial. This style is most at home in a garden. Pagodas are typically made of sturdy wood, such as cedar or yellow pine, which you can stain or paint. A less traditional building material is vinyl. Roofs are usually beautifully tiled or covered in cedar shakes. Pagoda sizes range from 8 to 20 feet. A charming hybrid is the Victorian pagoda, fusing Asian and British elements. The Japanese aspect is the tiered roof. Victorian accents can be arching windows, lattice framework, butterfly braces, and turned railings. You might even install a bench swing inside!
The roof on a gable pergola is pitched, its angled rafters descending from a central ridge. One option is to have the roofline mirror that of your home. Another variation is a hip roof, sloping in four directions from a center point. However, for a hip roof you’ll need to hire a contractor since the installation is complex.
The roof of this pergola can be almost level or slightly curved. This type of pergola is easy to build yourself and customize. The roof should have a slight pitch of at least 5 degrees, allowing water to drain rather than puddle on top. Some manufacturers offer an internal gutter system to direct water off the roof.