Here's What You Need To Know Before Building A Gazebo In Your Backyard

Backyard DIY projects are experiencing a rise in popularity as more people have developed a renewed interest in their outdoor spaces. According to recent data, there has been an almost threefold increase in backyard home improvement projects such as deck and fence construction, landscaping, and gazebo construction. The latter, in particular, is a favorite among homeowners, as it enables them to enjoy the outdoors while getting some protection from the sun, wind and rain. Building a gazebo not only enhances your outdoor space, but it also allows you to spend quality time with your family. If you're planning to build a gazebo, here's what you need to know before starting this project. 

Know what you'll use it for

Before starting your DIY project, you'll need to plan first to ensure that you get the most out of your gazebo. Think about what you'll use it for - are you going to use it as a sitting area? If so, a basic square gazebo with just enough room for patio furniture is all you'll need. Just add a gazebo fan to make it more comfortable during the hot summer months (it'll deter mosquitos too). Or perhaps you're thinking about using it as a grilling station. If this is the case, then you'll need to build a bigger gazebo to accommodate the grilling area, plus a dining table and chairs so you can entertain in your backyard. Meanwhile, if you're planning to build a gazebo so you can have a dedicated place for work, you'll need to enclose it in such a way that your retreat will protect you and your work equipment without cutting off your view of the garden. Thinking about your purpose for building a gazebo will give you an idea on what type of materials to get, what design to choose, and how much it's going to cost you. 

Consider getting a gazebo kit

One of the easiest ways to build a gazebo without having to start from scratch is to get a gazebo kit from your local hardware store. They're relatively easy to assemble, and they come in a variety of designs, so you're sure to find one that will suit your home's aesthetics. When choosing a kit, make sure to take size, style and your skill level in consideration, and give yourself plenty of time to complete the project if you're new to DIY. You should also be on the lookout for add-ons such as screen or vinyl walls, flooring, light hooks, shelves, privacy panels, and mosquito netting, among others. 

Don't forget to decorate

To enhance the look of your gazebo and make it more personal, consider decorating it. Since you're working with a limited amount of space, you'll need to be selective when choosing your decorating materials. Cushioned seats are a must, as well as a small table so you can have a place to set down your tea and snacks, or you can use it for doing small crafts or playing board games with your family. Hang planters with flowering plants, and a few jar lanterns to give your gazebo a rustic feel. You can also place a patterned outdoor rug on the floor to make it cozy, and then string some fairy lights around the gazebo to give it a magical feel at night. 

Building a gazebo allows you have an amazing backyard getaway when you're looking to relax outside your home. Consider these tips before starting your DIY project to make the most of your gazebo, and create an outdoor sanctuary that you'll enjoy for many years. 

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