Mistakes to avoid when looking for a plot for your gazebo

Last Updated On: April 20th, 2019

When you finally get round to constructing your gazebo you want to ensure that it is able to withstand the extremes of weather it will have to face over the years.  For example, depending on whether you live in the far north of Scotland or on the south coast of England, the depth of the footings may alter accordingly.

The same project for one type of Gazebo that you may have in John O’Groats will more than likely differ from one in Cornwall.  This is ultimately down to as mentioned above, the extremes of weather like -20 touches of frost and gale force winds in Scotland to hot summers in Cornwall could and would alter the depth of your footings and also possible placement too.  Check out more below.

In Scotland, you will find that you will have to dig a little deeper to lay the footings to ensure your beneath the frost line.  I’m not saying it doesn’t get cold in Cornwall, but you need to be well aware that one size does not fit all when it comes to depthof footings and Gazebo location and placement.

Other decisions are decided by personal preference rather than location and stability concerns.  A lot of these concerns can be addressed by your intentions on how you actually plan on using your gazebo structure.


Artifical Grass

If you have a large plot for your gazebo it can be well worth digging that extra yardage out as I’ll reveal below.

Quite often large wooden gazebos are perfect for hot tub parties and some will have them built into their gazebo so they have access to them 24/7, 365 days a year.

However, this may seem a small matter but once your gazebos in and hot tubs splashing you’ll be fed up with all the floating grass and muddy footprints….

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Alright, the image above may be a bit of an exaggeration but it happens.

Your guests nip to the toilet or to get snacks and tread grass, mud and anything else that’s attached to their feet into the hot tub.

Well no more….. Not with the introduction of Artificial Grass…

Check out this site that shows you exactly what services are available online such as; Artificial grass & synthetic turf installation , sprinkler repairs and sprinkler blowouts and lots more to help you care for your garden and your new fake grass.


The site & things to consider

The area you choose to locate your gazebo, arbor or Pavillion is possibly the most important decisions you’ll have to make.  You can decide that you new, elegant gazebo or pavilion structure will be the showpiece of your garden and home.  With many future ideas and planning these will be featured around your gazebo, rather than your gazebo being featured around them.

You can position your gazebo and then strategically place shrubs and plants around it to get it ready to really stand out in the summer.

However, if there are existing trees and high shrubbery it may be worth checking out your local laws.

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In some areas, there can be tree laws that may prevent you from actually removing or cutting them back.

That article is a U.S version but it’s definitely worth finding out more in your local area regardless of where you live.

Once you’ve played it by the book the simple things really can make the biggest differences and reap the largest rewards.

By simply placing your gazebo nearer your kitchen will ensure the transportation of food prior to eating can be easily taken without getting cold, whilst also making it easy to clear up the dirty and dishes and just a short trip back to the kitchen for wash up time.

Also, whether you decide to build the gazebo yourself from scratch or thinking of buying a gazebo kit you may want to consider building it big enough to cater for outdoor chairs, maybe a table and other outdoor dining equipment and most importantly drinks or even a cocktail bar.

It’s ok having your structure near the house but an uneven walkway can make transporting food, drinks, blankets or outdoor equipment to and from your new gazebo, arbor or Pavillion, hazardous.  You may want to consider a concrete, brick, blocked paved (although could be expensive), treated wood or even gravel path.  Gravel, however, will not really make taking items to and fro easier especially if you are taking them on a trolley and it will have to be bordered in to make it look organised, compact and neat.

Just a little food for thought.

Also, when building a path please ensure that your guests intend to use that way to travel. How many times have you seen a path with muddy foot prints taking shortcuts?  There’s nothing worse and then the same guests then tread that dirt into your new structure, it just causes mayhem and mess.  So when deciding the route of the path do not wind it too much.  Ensure it takes a relatively, straightish route to prevent people taking those shortcuts and also as mentioned before, pushing that drinks trolley much easier.



Jamie is the Founder and Editor of the Windproof Gazebos. He's had a lifelong love affair with outdoor furniture and a fascination with gazebos. He's been known to assemble gazebos (for good friends) just for the satisfaction and has a tendency to hurt himself while testing them out in the garden.

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