The Right Structure for You: Backyard Ideas for Creating an Outdoor Oasis

The Right Structure for You: Backyard Ideas for Creating an Outdoor Oasis
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    There's nothing better than coming home after a long day of work to a relaxing, peaceful backyard.

    You can sit outside in the evening sun and enjoy a family dinner.


Or simply curl up with a good book as the sun sets. You’ve probably worked hard and are proud of the little oasis you’ve created, right in your own backyard. But, something may be missing. A garden structure can take your backyard from good to great, making it a place you’ll never want to leave! Garden structures give your backyard new life. They also serve as an elegant gathering place for family meals, parties, and other celebrations.

Even though you may think there are not a lot of differences between gazebos, pergolas, and cabanas, each structure has its own unique charm. Let’s take a look at some backyard ideas, and what garden structure could be the best choice for you!

Graceful Gazebo

A gazebo is a distinctive backyard structure, easily spotted by their domed roofs and octagonal shape. You’ll usually find gazebos in parks or other public spaces, meant to serve as a relaxing space. All gazebos are built with 6 or 8 pillars to support the dramatic, distinctive roof-line. If your structure isn’t round, it’s not a gazebo!

When you’re looking for fresh backyard ideas, look no further than the flexibility of a garden gazebo. You can choose the right size, finish, and style for you and your family. Some gazebos even have optional screens, perfect for outdoor dining without the hassle of bugs and critters. Your options don’t stop there though. For example, a gazebo would be the perfect structure to house or cover a hot tub. Lighting of your choice can be added to your gazebo to really set the mood!

Gazebos top the list because of the sheer number of styles, colors, and finishes they come in! In terms of design, there are so many things you can do with a gazebo. They are the most customizable of all backyard structures, lending themselves well to any style and taste.

Perfect Pergola

Next up, a pergola is usually a free-standing structure supported by four pillars. Sometimes, pergolas are attached to the side of a home or other structure and only held up by two legs. Mostly commonly, you’ll see free-standing pergolas. These originated in ancient Greece as an elegant architectural element that could be added to any garden. Also, pergolas have latticed or slotted roofs that are mostly open to the elements.

A pergola is one of the most beautiful design elements to add to a backyard. Our backyard ideas are endless with pergolas! The most popular is to plant climbing flowers and vines at the base of a pergola. Eventually, the plants will scale the sides, turning the pergola into a living structure! You can also add string lights to hand from the roof or sides of the structure, adding a bit of whimsy to your backyard!

Pergolas are more open than gazebos, so you won’t get the same protection from the elements. These create the perfect centerpiece for your backyard or garden, giving everyone a place to gather. They also work well pool-side as a place to dry off and enjoy a little shade. No matter what, pergolas are a perfect choice the whole family can enjoy.

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Classy Cabana

Finally, cabanas (or pool houses) are the most functional of the structures on our list. These usually appear pool-side and act as a changing area for pool guests. Cabanas eliminate the need for people to enter your house to change after being the in the pool, keeping everyone dry! Cabanas can be round or square, with a roof similar to that of a gazebo’s. Also, most cabanas are topped with a cupola for an extra design element.

Similar to a gazebo, your design options with cabanas are endless. The best part here is being able to match the cabana to your house, almost seamlessly. Cabanas can be finished with similar colors, siding, and roof as your home. Or, you can branch out and choose a cabana that stands out from the rest of your home.

A pool really isn’t complete without a cabana! Not only will you keep your house dry, you’ll give swimmers a place to hide from the sun, or even from the rain. Some people love their cabanas so much they turn them into multiple-purpose spaces for crafting or reading rooms.

Now that you know the difference between gazebos, pergolas, and cabanas, you can choose the best one for your backyard oasis! Each backyard is different, so you need to find the best structure to compliment your style and meet your needs. The right one can make your backyard into a tropical paradise or woodland retreat – without ever leaving home!



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