At the Hitching Post, we have been building and maintaining gazebos in Florida for over 34 years.
It occurred to us that while gazebos are a popular feature on many commercial properties, many people still don’t consider them a viable feature for their backyard.
However, there are many reasons to consider a gazebo as the focal point to your backyard landscape and hardscape design.
Adding A Gazebo Provides Shelter From The Elements
Unpredictable Florida weather, including our routine afternoon showers during the rainy season, can ruin a party with your family and friends.
When you have a solid, outdoor structure with a roof, there is no need to move the party inside when it rains.
We realize there are many different structures you can put in your backyard that will serve the same purpose, but our customers tell us they want a gazebo from us because it also adds value to their home and gives their backyard a timeless structure.
A Timeless Look
The look of what we consider gazebos today was greatly influenced by the Western architecture in the late 19th century. It is that look that has endured.
However, according to some, gazebos (or at least the idea of a gathering place shaped like what we consider to be a gazebo now) have been around since ancient Egypt. They have been found in the archeological ruins of towns and gardens.
While there is some discrepancy about when exactly gazebos became commonplace in society, most agree that they really took off in the late 18th or 19th century as garden structures.
One of the earliest widely acknowledged gazebos in the world dates back to that era and is in England within the town of Elton on the Hill.
Sturdy Construction Means A Long Lasting Backyard Addition
Today, gazebos and other garden structures are available in vinyl, wood, and even some composite materials.
The styles can range from octagon, rectangle, oval and even some hexagons and decagons.
Modern engineering and building codes have made construction simpler and the foundations of these structures more sound. Some have composite decking that adds longevity and beauty to an already sturdy and elegant structure.
Wood gazebos remain a timeless look, but vinyl has taken root as the material of choice for many builders and homeowners. Vinyl requires less maintenance and withstands the elements better than wood. It also gives a gazebo that classical white finished look.
What To Consider When Looking For A Gazebo
Well, first of all….yep. Size matters.
Consider the size of your backyard and your lot and ask yourself if you have room enough to put a gazebo on site without it being too cumbersome.
While there are many sizes and styles available, the truth is, that many people cannot add this type of structure to their landscape.
Also consider what function you want the gazebo to serve. Is it designed to add to the aesthetic and architectural value of your property? Or, do you want it to be functional and serve as an extension of your living area?
Consider the style you want in your backyard and property and choose something that compliments your existing home. Many gazebos have roofing options that will match your home. Railing and siding options can help you match the look of your home too.
With a little forethought into form and function, a gazebo can be a beautiful addition to your backyard.