Are backyard gazebos trending in 2016? You bet!

As an enhancement to any deck, patio or garden, not only are gazebos visually pleasing, they’re functional too.

A gazebo will provide a charming cubby from springtime showers, a breezy respite on warm summer days and a special place to enjoy autumn temperatures and seasonal color.

Deck Designed with a Gazebo, by Archadeck

Deck Designed with a Gazebo, by Archadeck

They can be a fabulous free-standing or cozy combination structure, and style-wise a gazebo might bring a classic or vintage air to your backyard or maybe a modern motif too.

Screened Gazebo and Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Hardwood Screened Gazebo and Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Gazebo Design Ideas

Wondering how to select a gazebo design?

Start with choosing a shape and size

The most common forms are six-sided or eight-sided; however, gazebos can be square, rectangular and oblong too. In regards to size, typical residential gazebos are built to hold 4 to 6 people but could be larger if you have enough outdoor space. (typical sizes include 8′, 10′ 12′ up to 20’+)

Square Screened Gazebo on a Deck by Archadeck

Square Screened Gazebo on a Deck by Archadeck

Next pick materials, colors and where your gazebo will be built

If you choose wood, there are color varieties depending on wood-type, stain or even paint.  But low maintenance vinyl is available in colors too and frequently seen in bright white, ivory, almond, clay or shades of brown.

Low Maintenance Gazebo and Deck in St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

Low Maintenance Gazebo and Deck in St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

Generally a gazebo is detached from the house, but not always.

In either case, the best building site for your gazebo will totally depend on your backyard.  Things to consider include: elevation for a level surface, amount of sun exposure, scenic view, your local building codes, proximity to your kitchen or in relation to a garden, hot tub or swimming pool.

Screened-in Square Deck Gazebo with Kitchen Access, Project by Archadeck

Screened-in Square Deck Gazebo with Kitchen Access, Project by Archadeck

Then add the design details

Do you want it open, screened or with windows?  And how about rails?  Do you prefer no railing (for ground-level only), open rails with balusters, decorative rails such as Chippendale or solid kneewall rails?

Decide on a roof, ceiling and floor.  Add contrasting color for pizzazz.  Do you like straight-forward, clean lines or does an ornate vibe fit your style?

Screened Gazebo on Deck with Kneewall Rails and Contrasting Roof, by Archadeck

Screened Gazebo on Deck with Kneewall Rails and Contrasting Roof, by Archadeck

Last but certainly not least, think about accessories?  Ceiling fan?  Lights?  Built-in seating?  Anything goes.

Free Standing Open Gazebo with Enclosed Rafters, Ceiling Fan and Lighting by Archadeck

Free Standing Open Gazebo with Enclosed Rafters, Ceiling Fan and Lighting by Archadeck

Next steps

If you’d like to talk to a professional contractor and you reside in St. Louis (or surrounding areas) in Missouri, please consider Archadeck.  Located in West St. Louis County, we serve most of the Greater St. Louis region.

Call us anytime, 636.227.0800 or visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.

Outside of the St. Louis area call 888-687-3325 or visit archadeck.com.

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Archadeck Outdoor Living's Free Design Guide, Cover Graphic by Matthew Victor

Archadeck Outdoor Living’s Free Design Guide, Cover Graphic by Matthew Victor

Sources

The Garden and Patio Home Guide, Home Stratosphere, Berlin Gardens, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadecks in Chicago IL, Central Connecticut, Raleigh/Durham NC, Austin TX, Matthew Victor St. Louis Mo

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