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13th May 2013 | by: Art Robertson

Gazebos: the Perfect Retreat

Do you have a favorite vacation location?  The environment was instantly relaxing.  Would you like to step out of you home into your private resort?  You can have a bit of paradise at home.

We designed this gazebo to meet a specific client vision.  The goal: a mountain retreat in their urban backyard.  Mature trees already grew in their backyard.  They wanted to take advantage of existing landscaping.  A solid cedar structure was important to them.  They wanted porch swings mounts.  They preferred a natural looking floor.

Our design responded.  Exposed cedar rafters give a rustic flair.  The vaulted ceiling of beaded cedar makes the space open and airy.  Split cedar shakes provide protection from the rain.  They add an organic detail.  The open ceiling joists provide for swing mounts.  Underfoot, the patio features stamped concrete.  Column bases are crafted of landscape block.  Bases are capped with natural stone.  Indirect lighting enhances the evening experience.

Gazebos,  have many applications.  Some define entertaining spaces.  Others enclose a retreat.  They can be focal points for a larger landscape.  On the other hand, they can blend into the background.

Beyond enhancing the aesthetics of a yard, they provide  shelter.  Screening trellises reduce low angle sunshine.  Attached arbors provide midday shade.  Retractable vertical shades add privacy.  Insect screens provide relief from bugs.

This gazebo was part of a larger project developed by Boulder Works.  Nebraska Outdoor Living Center also participated.

About the Author: Art Robertson

Art has worked in the construction trades since 1986. Since starting as an apprentice carpenter while attending architecture school, he has gained a broad understanding of the industry. His areas of expertise include light commercial construction, custom home design and construction, in addition to project logistical planning and management.

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