A gazebo is an elegant, eye-catching element in any landscape. In both residential and commercial settings, a gazebo adds beauty and interest to the surroundings. An attractive gazebo can also add to a home's value.

A gazebo is a freestanding structure that has a roof but no walls. Some gazebos are completely open, while others are enclosed by screens or windows. A gazebo can function as a picturesque setting for entertaining guests. They make a perfect location for a band during garden parties and outdoor weddings.

Additionally, many people choose to install an outdoor hot tub in a gazebo with space to store chemicals and extra towels. Others simply find that a gazebo is a great spot for relaxing in the backyard after a long day or napping on a lazy day.

Matching and Blending

The gazebo should coordinate with the style of the house and landscape. They come in a variety of shapes and styles, from a Victorian confection of a gazebo with gingerbread trim and cupola to a modern gazebo with clean shapes and lines. While an octagonal gazebo is most popular, square, rectangular, circular and oval options are also available.

Some people like the look of a lattice roof, however a gazebo with an open roof cannot be used when it rains. A cedar or composite roof is a wiser choice in areas prone to rain showers. If the gazebo is intended for entertaining, make sure it is large enough to comfortably hold a table and chairs. Also, many choose to make a concrete, gravel or brick path to the gazebo for easier access.


It is a good idea to place a gazebo in a spot where it will have an attractive view. Since the gazebo is often the focal point of a landscape, it should be located in a place that will show it off to best advantage.

Create a dramatic visual effect by placing the gazebo in front of a contrasting background, such as a white gazebo against deep green pine trees. Avoid placing the gazebo in a location where water collects, since the water will damage the gazebo over time.