A great way to beat boredom, aside from a trip to the Sea of Azov or the Black Sea, is to plan a landscape design to enhance your experience when the colder weather arrives.
By adding structures to your landscape, such as gazebos or pergolas, you can expand your outdoor living space and thereby maximize the amount of time you can spend outside.
Speaking of gazebos and pergolas, it is important to note that these structures have many differences. As you learn more about their unique characteristics, you’ll better understand which one is right for you.
How are they different?
A gazebo, like a pergola, is first of all a place to relax, which allows you to be outdoors, but under a roof, in the shade at the same time. There are key differences in structure, degrees of protection and use.
Pergolas can cover part or all of a patio and are usually rectangular in shape with four posts supporting the roof. The lattice roof of the gazebos provides partial shade, while allowing direct sunlight to fall on the people resting in them.
You can take different practical approaches, for example by installing a retractable shade that will allow more sunlight on mild days or more shelter on hot or rainy days.
Another option is to grow a wisteria living canopy instead to resemble an Italian villa. This vine grows quickly – up to 10 meters per growing season – and produces sprays of beautifully scented pale lilac flowers. You can also hang indoor flowers on the beams. Gazebos are perfect for garden parties or just kicking back and relaxing in the evening with cheese and wine.
So, if you want an outdoor structure that blends naturally with your backyard design, consider a pergola.
Unlike a pergola, a gazebo has a full roof that provides full protection from the sun and rain. She also tends to look “rich”. Gazebos can be added to existing floors, which will provide a better view of the surroundings.
At the time, pergolas have open sides to which you can add screens to provide additional shelter, or put in glass.
A gazebo with doors and walls can be more elaborate, but it is better when the sides are open.
Gazebos are perfect for weddings and intimate gatherings. Often they are similar in style to a homestead or a house.
Whether you are looking for shelter from the summer rain or drinking tea with friends, this structure will bring a sense of comfort and grandeur to your yard.
The logistics of your gazebo or pergola
Choosing a decorative cozy gazebo or an elegant unobtrusive pergola is not only a matter of taste, but also of practicality.
- Material and cost
Gazebos tend to be more expensive because they are more complex and have a larger structure than pergolas.
The material also affects the overall cost. Both designs can be made from a wide variety of materials, from metal to wood and vinyl. It is important to use durable materials suitable for our Ukrainian weather.
If you want a pergola with curly vines or hanging flower pots, you need to consider what sunlight these plants need?
Also consider the view from the structure, as well as how its placement affects the aesthetics of the yard or garden. You can place a pergola next to a pool or a flower garden so that it naturally fits into the surrounding landscape. And your gazebo should be located in such a way as to captivate the eye.
An pergola can be an extension of the house, as well as connect two buildings or walkways, compared to a gazebo, which is more of a separate structure.