Do you have a romanticized vision of a gazebo in your yard? Before getting too carried away, consider some practicalities, like cost, the size of your yard, the size of the structure, availability of materials, and who is going to build it. Depending on the scope of the project, you may have to get plans approved by your city, which could take months. Also think about the foundation, water drainage, plumbing, electricity, where it will be located and what kind of activities you'd like to do in your gazebo.
Don't get discouraged: any project requires time and planning. While you're working on details like a budget and who will build it, get inspired by these beautiful and diverse gazebo designs.
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Santa Barbara Mediterranean
A Mediterranean yard in Santa Barbara, California features a gazebo built with redwood (for its durability and resistance to insects) and extra-large posts that provide structural and visual significance. Designed by Charles McClure Landscape Architects, the structure includes custom-made Sunbrella drapes hung on metal curtain rods. All hardware is hidden for a clean look.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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A gazebo that was built to repeat the architectural design and materials of this San Francisco Bay Area house designed by John Montgomery is equipped with all the comforts, including a dining table, fire pit, bar, kitchen, and lighting.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Lily Pond Gazebo
A small hexagonal gazebo sits at the edge of a lily pond designed by Garcia Rock and Water Design for a private home in Santa Barbara.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Jenna Bayer Garden Design created a modern gazebo for a yard in Palo Alto, California using steel-engineered posts and shade sails with 70 percent filtration from an Australian company.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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A timber-framed teahouse creates a perfect transition on a steep slope between the house and terraced patio with a built-in hot tub and lower lawn. Designed and built by Minglewood, LLC and partnering contractors, the gazebo is equipped with removable screens. Lattice beneath the structure stores gardening equipment.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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A simple slat-roof gazebo designed by John Montgomery Landscape Architects features stone pedestals that hold posts (columns) on all four sides. The open design makes it safe for a fire pit to burn even though there is a roof overhead.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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Asian SerenityContinue to 8 of 26 below.
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Picture PerfectContinue to 9 of 26 below.
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A pool house gazebo with fluted columns reflects in the water at certain times of the day at a home in California's Bay Area. Designed by John Montgomery Landscape Architects, the gazebo includes an adjoining bathroom/changing area.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Sorry, but this elaborate gazebo with colored lights and an integrated waterfall curtain is definitely not a DIY project. Created by Darren James Interiors for a client in Brisbane, Australia, the gazebo is equipped with wine refrigerators, a kitchen, television, and other amenities.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Surrounded by red rose bushes, a gazebo overlooks a swimming pool at a peaceful three-acre home. The design was created by LiquidScapes of New Jersey.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Table With a View
Sometimes gazebos are built to take in a view, as was the case for this raised outdoor structured designed by John Montgomery Landscape Architects in California. Flagstone steps lead up to the structure, where a dining table allows breathtaking vistas.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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A fireplace with a tall chimney is attached to a gazebo designed for Arthur Rutenberg Homes in Fort Mill, South Carolina.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Yellow 'Mermaid' rose vines climb over an iron gazebo, serving as a focal point for a large front-yard garden in Santa Barbara, California. Landscape designer Donna Lynn uses many California native plants in her designs for clients in California and Arizona.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Cedar Springs Tropical
A pavilion (what outdoor gazebo-like structures are called in Canada) gets a tropical look with a thatch roof. Designed by Cedar Springs Landscape Group of Ontario, the pavilion has amenities like a TV, fire pit, and deep seating.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Sorry, No Peeking!
Alicia of Thrifty and Chic wanted a gazebo with privacy from her neighbors with the two-story houses, so she added simple off-white drapes around her outdoor living room.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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A Creek Runs Through ItContinue to 18 of 26 below.
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Ready for a wedding, romantic proposal or just a picturesque place to relax, this iron gazebo is placed on a low flagstone platform to keep everyone's feet clean. The landscaping was designed by Riedel Precision in Northern California.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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A backyard in Sydney, Australia was created for a family to enjoy and entertain. Designed by Fluid Landscape Design, the gazebo features a fully equipped kitchen, seating, and overhead lighting. Nearby, the family can swim or bounce on the trampoline, preferably before they eat.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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Pavilion With Fire Feature
A wood pavilion includes a fire feature that doesn't impede views of the surrounding landscape.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Designed by Houston's Crimson Remodeling and Interiors, this gazebo/pergola, is made of a bronze poly-carbonate, which allows light to come through while blocking UV rays and keeping out rain.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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A custom-made gazebo from Universal Awning is an attractive and simple solution for a backyard gazebo. Troy Silva Design Group provided clever touches like painting the planters with white waterproof paint.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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A teahouse gazebo-like structure designed by Minglewood for a Boston area home is covered in vines and surrounded by rose bushes and hydrangeas.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Deck and Gazebo
New England Outdoor Sheds and Gazebos designed a gazebo with an attached deck. The gazebo is accessible via a gate for extra privacy.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Gazebo with Vines
A large property in the historic town of San Juan Capistrano, California, features a beautiful gazebo for dining surrounded by nature, including the vines overhead.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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A wood hexagonal gazebo serves as a focal point and a private escape for this well-landscaped yard.