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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Top 5 Garden Gazebos

Our guest blogger Amelia is an accountant and a landscape artist on the side. 

Though their main purpose may be to shelter you from the elements, a good gazebo will offer you much more in style and luxury. When we decided we wanted a gazebo for our backyard, we went through so many options looking for the right one.

It's not a small investment, so it seemed important to get it right the first time. We didn't want to go cheap, but we did want to adhere to a budget, and we wanted to make sure we got the best bang for our buck!

As part of my side business, I have landscaped around many different types of gazebos and I have come to notice that some are much superior to others. Some can give a truly built-in type of feel, especially with the right landscaping around them.

So we wanted a gazebos that was not only functional, but are also stable, durable, elegant, and offered great features like vented roofs and mosquito netting. I wanted something that I could place benches inside of and jump from bench to bench during a rain storm (Sound of Music style). My husband had a different vision alas!

So I took his input and we came up with a shortlist of five gazebos that should please every member of the family.

Sunjoy Franklin Bay Window Gazebo

First off, I have to point out that this gazebo is the closest thing to a Sound of Music gazebo on our list and so it was instantly my favorite (and therefore obviously the one we bought!)

The assembly wasn't too bad. It took us several hours but we were only two putting it together (It is recommended to have more people, so maybe make it a gazebo-raising party with BBQ and beer!) We installed pavers and screwed the base into them, as some reviewers said it was like a kite without.

The vented roof let in rain but I'm concerned that if I try to block it, it will make the gazebo less resistant to wind. Overall, my main complaints are issues you will have with any gazebo that has a fabric top and it was a concession we were willing to make since the hard top was not in my budget.

This gazebo has double steel construction with very stylish walls. With the pavers it is set up on and some planters I plant to put around the base, it should have a great built-in type of look.

It will keep us covered from the sun and it gives the feeling that we are in both a private area and outdoors at the same time. The mosquito netting has been useful quite a few nights this summer too!

10 x 12 Heavy Duty Galvanized Steel Hardtop Wyndham Patio Gazebo

These hard top gazebos are just fantastic! They are higher price but if you can fit it in your budget, they are completely worth it. And I love the sound of rain on a metal roof!

This gazebo is 10' x 12' and has stylish corner panels with optional privacy sidings.

It is trickier to install and reviews claim that the instructions could be a lot clearer. It has mosquito screens that attach to the top and side but not to the bottom which makes them less effective, this could be easy to fix with a little ingenuity, but those less prone to DIY might want to chose a different option.

Sonoma Outdoor Iron Gazebo Canopy Umbrella with Net Drapery

This gazebo is more tent-like than our other gazebos and looks a little bit less like a permanent structure but it has the advantage of being much easier to put up (especially compared to the hard top ones)

I love the light airy and romantic feel it has thanks to its light colors. And I think it looks especially nice next to a pool or other water feature.

Reviewers are very pleased with this affordable gazebo citing it as easy to put up, beautiful and sturdy. It appears to be the perfect relaxing oasis addition to a yard.

Sojag Messina Hard Top Sun Shelter

This is THE gazebo to get if you are looking for a permanent sun shelter structure for your space without a permanent structure type of budget. This sturdy gazebo will be there for you to enjoy for the years to come. It has a classic design that will always be in style. This gazebo is an investment in your outdoor space.

It can be difficult to put up but there is an installation video that you can watch prior to install it and will help you greatly. It should be leak-proof but some reviewers had to silicon some of areas that were not joint together tightly enough. Most people found this to be only a minor inconvenience and found it easy to remedy.

The mosquito net on this model is very well-liked. It is thick as it is coated in PVC which protects it but does not make any changes to the visibility.

10 x 12 Chatham Steel Hardtop Gazebo

Reviewers are very pleased with this hard-top gazebo. It is very sturdy and seems to be easier to build than the previous one (though it will still set you back several hours and require some help, especially to raise the roof).

Reviewers were also very please with how well this gazebo was packed, as the boxes themselves had metal frames that kept the product well protected.

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Item Reviewed: Top 5 Garden Gazebos Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Véro L
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