Being cooped up in the enclosure of your home can be enjoyable when it is well-ventilated. However, no matter how enjoyable it is, there is always a point when you wish you can go somewhere, feel the breeze and smell the flowers.
Many homeowners are aware of the stifling effect of staying indoors for a regular period so they invest in a gazebo or a summerhouse. Gazebos are also known as greenhouses, kiosks or garden alcoves.
The idea we have of gazebos today is actually similar to the gazebo way back the1400s or even further when it was considered as a garden temple. Gazebos were called garden temples then because these were used as places to commune or to feel at one with nature or with the ancient gods.
The ancient Roman and Greek gazebos were the central fixtures of every home. A gazebo is usually located in an area where a person standing in the gazebo can get a scenic view of his surroundings. It is usually a roofed structure with opening on the sides. Perhaps, the characteristic made or structure of the gazebo was inspired by the word’s literal meaning which is gaze or look about. Gazebos are called many names including belvedere or gazebos which offers a view and pergola which refers to gazebos in general whether or not they offer a view.,
Gazebos or garden houses were also common among the Turks and Persians who called their palaces kiosk and mosques respectively. It is also popular among Americans as it is the center of attraction in parks or dancing areas. Today, the word kiosk does not only stand for gazebos but also for small stores or booths for telephones, newsstands, hamburger or vending stores.
Constructing your very own backyard gazebo will not only add an aesthetic feature to your home but it will also be the center of family activities. A gazebo can also be used for entertaining guests during a barbeque party. Gazebos can be of any shape or size but the philosophy behind its construction should always be to provide warmth and gateway from the sun’s heat.
The ancient gazebos were made of marble but today, most gazebos are made of wood. Others prefer to build their gazebos using metals but designed to look like wood. The most important part of your gazebo is the roof so much planning should be placed on this part. You can choose from a pagoda-like or tiered roof or the majestic roof.
There are homeowners who use wood in constructing their gazebos because of the country and breezy feeling evoked by the material. They also opt for a clear or dark wooden finish than painting their gazebos. And if you want to add additional features in your gazebo like a tub then you have to include electrical provisions in the plan.
No matter what type of gazebo you have in mind, it will always be a welcome addition to any household.