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Gazebo and garden
Gazebo and garden
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Bring together beautiful garden ideas for your home and capture vertical interest to your space with gazebos and pergolas! Ever wondered the differences between the two? They add value as well as create an architectural splash for your home to help make it more complete.

If you enjoy a lovely afternoon with tea outdoors, perhaps a beautiful summer evening with family and friends, or look forward to a place of peace and serenity while enjoying the scenery, pergolas do just that. While there are two types of pergolas, the "lean to" or stand-alone (also called canopies) pergolas are usually built against the house, with uprights and not having any solid sides. Often times they provide a transitory area from the inside to out, and help guard protection from the sun. According to Perfect, an arbor is also a standalone structure, and a great example is an arch that connects from one part of a garden to the other.

In as much, gazebos also provide a special atmosphere to the home. The term is taken from the word gaze and offers a nice place to gaze outside and enjoy the greenery of the garden. Many styles of gazebos use specific details to make them very unique, and often are based upon the structure of your home. For example, a hexagon or octagon shaped gazebo enhances a classical style or look for the home.

Victorian style gazebos are used a lot in weddings, and provide a nice British accent. Bali tea house styled gazebos are inspired by the Japanese tea house, made from natural materials to create a feeling of balance and harmony. Gazebos are also standalone structures equipped with sides and a roof situated to maximize available views like garden landscape and beyond.

Whether you looking to create lavish ambiance with an exotic garden, or provide a peaceful sanctuary for your home, there are many ways to attain that either by building and/or installing your very own pergola or gazebo. You can add lots of style and variations to your theme to create beauty and charm. Perhaps a modern look with wood framing to bring warmth and cheer, or a classic traditional look will give the space a nice aesthetic look.

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