Gazebos are a popular architectural element worldwide that lends elegance, class, beauty, and style to any landscape. The term gazebo is a combination of the word gaze combined with the Latin suffix ebo, which means “I shall.” Although the term has been in common use since the 18th century, its construction dates back millennia. Images of them housing grapes for wine can be found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs going back some 5,000 years. In China, they were elaborate tea houses.
Ancient Greeks and Romans built them out of marble to honor their gods. In England, they became such a part of town culture that enormous ones became the focal point of parks and used as bandstands (a tradition that you can still see across America to this day).
Throughout documented time there has been a form of a gazebo; that’s some staying power. We still love gazebos, perhaps more so now than ever. They are lovely to look at, a wonderful, functional living space to look out from (I shall gaze!) and an affordable addition that increases the resale value of your home and provides an excellent ROI.
In essence, gazebos are a free-standing, pavilion-type structure, often eight-sided or turret shaped, but sometimes rectangular or uniquely shaped. There is generally a roof, a floor, usually some built-in seating, and typically only one entry point, which can be an actual door or just an opening. Sometimes they are open, but we often see them screened-in, too. Designs range from incredibly ornate to uncomplicated and rustic, often reflecting the region’s characteristics, the era, the personal tastes of the owner, and, of course, the budget. They offer more-or-less unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape, a comfortable and inviting shelter from the elements, and a much-appreciated extension of your social living space that is as visually attractive as it is useful. Today, most are made of wood or metal, but you’ll also find some constructed of stone or other composite materials. Designs and functionality are only limited by your imagination. They can serve as a simple seating area, an important social gathering place, a special getaway area, bar, hot tub room, lounge, and so much more.
Yes, from traditional to wildly fantastic, it can be done—but not without the proper planning and skill. It is not a simple D-I-Y endeavor, even for the handiest of homeowners. From creating the foundation to the intricacies of roofing to local laws and permit requirements, there is more to the process than deciding on a plan, grabbing some tools and supplies at the local hardware store, and rolling up your sleeves. It’s a complicated task that requires a great deal of preparation, precision, and finesse to do it right. You also want to ensure that you choose the right materials for your environment and that your new addition complements your existing landscape. For optimal results, seek the assistance of a landscaping professional who can not only help you with these things but can also offer creative design assistance to help bring the gazebo you truly envision to life.
If you live in Mendocino, Lake, or Sonoma County, there is no finer choice than Nicklaus Landscaping to build the gazebo of your dreams or for any other landscaping project at hand. No matter what your needs or budget, we can help. You can count on us to be with you every step of the way, from initial design to the finished build and beyond. So, where shall you gaze from your new gazebo? Give us a call today, and let’s find out together.