Drama In The Round -- 5 Ways To Use A Gazebo In Any Backyard

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Adding a gazebo to your backyard is a great way to add romance, charm or even utility to the space. But if you've never landscaped with this type of outdoor building, it can be hard to know what to do with it. Here are 5 easy ways to use a gazebo in any yard.

Add Entertainment Space. A gazebo can complement outdoor lounge or relaxation spaces to effectively add square footage to them. For instance, if you already have a deck or patio in place, adding a gazebo at the far end can provide not only more room to work but also a covered structure for protection from the elements.

Focal Point. In a small yard, a scaled-down gazebo can provide a perfect place to focus your garden or landscaping. A small gazebo built for just 2 or 3 people can be combined with climbing roses, a small walkway and hanging lanterns to form a romantic getaway that adds visual interest to your yard.

An Invitation. An open and airy gazebo tends to be welcoming due to its open floor plan and few walls or narrow pillars. This type of gazebo usually offers many ways into and out of the structure, which you can couple with paths to and from the gazebo. Such a design can be the perfect starting or ending point for meandering walkways throughout the yard or garden. 

A New View. A gazebo is a way to dress up any little-used area in the yard. Consider the view from the house and outdoor entertainment areas, then focus on views that seem to have little going for them. Alternatively, looking out from the gazebo's deck and windows can give you opportunity to make use of good views of the landscaping or surrounding terrain. 

Definition. Gazebos add structure to a landscape that seems too light and . Its height and inorganic materials are like adding bones to your garden design. It can also help define the boundaries of a landcaping zone—either by having only one way in and out or by using it as a doorway or gate to a new zone.

A gazebo can be a significant investme nt in your overall yard design. So, if you're unsure of the impact it might have in your yard or if you need help deciding on a style, it may be best to work with a professional landscaping service. But, whether you do it on your own or with professional help, the result will be a unique and beautiful new addition to your yard.