Consider extending your living space into your backyard by placing a rustic gazebo into
your desert landscape. A rustic gazebo will provide a welcome retreat from a hectic day,
a refuge from the bustle of job and family, or a pleasant place for friends and family to
Gazebos are architectural features that can add to your home in a soothing and restful way.
A quiet cup of coffee at sunrise, or a calming glass of wine after a stressful day will enhance
your experience of your private retreat.
They are freestanding structures with a roof, and are
usually open on the sides. They can be constructed of wood, rock such as marble, or vinyl. Some
gazebos include permanent or removable screens for added protection from the elements or from
insects. You might find a rustic cedar gazebo or a timber frame gazebo to your taste. There
are log gazebo kits available, and an amish gazebo is a very good choice.
The beauty and durability of a well constructed gazebo can enhance your desert landscaping
for many years. They can include garden benches and swings. Lighting can be built in, and
some people place firepits or grills inside. Such additions can add interest and comfort to
the design and make your private rustic gazebo retreat even more pleasurable.
As with any permanent structure, be sure to check with your local government for any permits
or regulations that will need to be adhered to.
If you are planning to install a gazebo, consider the choices for material it will
be constructed from. Common wood choices are cedar, redwood, pine and bamboo. You might also
want to purchase a vinyl gazebo or a final selection might be stone.
Stone gazebos may be a more expensive option, but you would be assured of durability. Modern vinyl alternatives are beautiful and extremely durable as well. But by far the most common
choice of material for a gazebo is wood.
Wooden gazebos can be constructed of just about any wood:
As a low cost option, pine is satisfactory. Bamboo can be used to create a tropical effect. But
for the longest lasting, sturdy and dependable structures, my suggestion for your "rustic gazeo" is redwood or cedar.
Advantages of Redwood
It is naturally decay resistant
Naturally insect resistant
No need for it to be pressure treated with harmful chemicals
No need to paint to cover up pressure treated wood
Western Red Cedar
Early residents of the Pacific Northwest called it the "Tree of Life". Since the earliest times,
Western Red Cedar has been an important essential for constructing long-lasting and beautiful