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What are Gazebos?

11/8/2013 7:58:44 AM | by Anonymous


Gazebos are free standing structures that are designed to provide shade and shelter from the elements. They are typically situated in gardens and various other places that have beautiful views. They are constructed in a wide range with an assortment of materials. These simple structures are relatively easy to construct and build. Some companies also run businesses that make gazebo kits for those who want to be able to assemble their gazebo quickly and for portable usage. These days, it is also possible to find tent gazebos that are designed to be of temporary usage and are easily moved around.

The concept of a gazebo appears to be relatively old. The Greeks, Romans and Ancient Egyptians all enjoyed a similar structure they used to have in their gardens or built into their homes and walls. Gazebo like structures were common in many parts of Asia as well, this was particularly found in China and Japan. Additionally, in Persia, ornate gazebos were decorated with silk pillows, marble floorings, marble benches and gold fixtures. These structures appeared in an extensive range of shapes and sizes. However, they share the common trend of being placed so that occupants can enjoy the view that is set right in front of them.

European began knowing of the gazebo when it was introduced to them in the 1700s. This happened when a craze for Asian style design swept through the nations like France and England. The word “gazebo” entered the English language around this time where they came up with the name for it despite its origins being unknown up till now. Historians suspect that it may be a corruption of an Asian word. Since most gazebos and gazebo plans were originated from Japan and China. Thus, whatever the origins of the word, the gazebo quickly became a must have garden feature for the upper class citizens.


Gazebos also include follies, pavilions, belvederes, kiosks and rotundas. Such structures are particularly popular in sunny and warm climates. Examples of gazebos around the world would include the garden houses at Montacute House in Somerset, England and at Elton on the Hill in Nottinghamshire.


The basic design of a basic gazebo would include a pillar and roof to support it. Sometimes, it comes with decorative lattice or carving between the pillars. Some of the more common ones have the sides of the gazebo let open allowing the occupants to enjoy sweeping views of ponds, natural features and even the gardens that are planted with pretty flowers. The design is often either round of octagonal, other shapes are certainly acceptable as well and are not uncommon. Gazebos are often floored, some however may include benched instead.


Larger gazebos are used as bandstands for band gigs or other events. Whereas, gazebos that are generally more intimate may be used at weddings or for small tea parties. There are really no limitations on the design of a basic gazebo. The main concern would constitute of the placement. In the case of tent gazebos, it is advised to place it in areas out of wind as gusty weather can cause for it to fall or topple which can damage the entire gazebo structure.


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