7 Tips for Placing Your Garden Gazebo
One of the simplest ways to create a backyard escape is to add a garden gazebo. These pretty outdoor structures were originally used in Victorian times to shade fashionably pale ladies from the sun. Now they’re being turned into everything from cozy eating areas and kid’s playhouses, to places to meditate.
- Today’s gazebos often come prebuilt, or as do-it-yourself kits, although some homeowners still prefer to custom build so that their gazebo ties into the architecture of their home. They can be made of wood, metal or vinyl and come in all kinds of shapes from round, square and rectangular, to octangular.
- No matter what kind you decide on, gazebos create a strong focal point and need to be positioned carefully. Placed right, your gazebo will add dimension to your landscape. Placed incorrectly, your gazebo will make your backyard look disjointed and junky.
- So what’s the trick to placing your gazebo? Make sure it doesn’t look like an after thought. Don’t just plop it in somewhere. Think about what makes sense. After all, gazebo means to gaze, so make sure you have something to gaze out on.
Here are Some Examples of Great Gazebo Placement.
1. At the End of a Path: Gazebos look wonderful and mysterious as a termination point at the end of a garden path. Visitors get the wonderful feeling that they are being drawn into the backyard.
2. Close to Water: If your home is on a lake or pond, position it at the very end of the yard on a point that overlooks the water. Enjoy the view and the sound of the waves washing up on shore from your secret hideaway.
- You could also try placing your gazebo near a backyard waterfall or a trickling fountain and enjoy watching the birds splash about. Or how about by your pool?
- One family I know built an open air gazebo at the deep end of their rock waterfall swimming pool. It was designed so that you could easily remove the railing on the pool side and dive right off the gazebo into the water.
3. In the Middle of a Big Backyard: A gazebo can also be the dramatic centrepiece of a grand estate. If you have a sprawling property placing the gazebo in the middle of the yard helps to anchor the area and create a focal point that unites the space. This type of placement works especially well in large, formal European themed gardens.