Large or small, the outdoor areas around your home provide a perfect space for enhancing the enjoyment your garden can offer with gazebo kit.
The availability of kit gazebos means that you too can enjoy outdoor living at its best.
WHAT IS A GAZEBO?
In simple terms, a gazebo is an open outdoor structure with a roof supported by posts. A gazebo allows you to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather.
Gazebo-type structures first appeared in ancient Egypt more than 5000 years ago but they have also been an intrinsic part of many other ancient cultures as well including the Grecian, Roman, Persian, Chinese and Japanese traditions.
The English term, Gazebo, first appeared around 1750. It seems two architects coined the term for one of their pagoda designs by combining the Latin ‘ebo’ meaning ‘I shall’ with the verb ‘gaze’.
And that’s a fitting description for how you too can enjoy hours relaxing in your new gazebo enjoying your garden space.
WHICH IS A BETTER A PERGOLA OR A GAZEBO?
Most people make little distinction between the terms pergola, gazebo, summerhouse, solarium or patio. Pergola comes from the Latin ‘pergula’ meaning an extended eave.
So, technically, a pergola is usually attached to a house or other building as an extension whereas a gazebo tends to be a separate structure.
Pergolas tend to have open beam or lattice-type roofing ideal for growing vines. They’re usually square or rectangular whereas a gazebo might take all sorts of shapes such as octagonal.
A pergola is perfect for providing shade and shelter and is especially effective with a grape or other vine providing delightful cool and refreshing shelter from the hot summer sun.
Typically a pergola will feature a simple structure while a gazebo design will often mirror the design styling of the house.
Choosing between a gazebo and a pergola for your outdoor living area is easy if you know what you want.
A gazebo kit offers a cost effective way to achieve a stunning professional gazebo addition to your home without the inconvenience and expense of a full design and build process.
At No.1 we’re proud of our reputation for only supplying the best products on the market. That’s why we’re now offering the Canopia range of gazebo kitsets.
Canopia gazebos deliver exceptional performance, durability and stunning good looks in super easy to install DIY kits.
Canopia gazebo DIY kits are manufactured by the Palram company, which has been delivering world leading thermoplastic solutions for more than 50 years.
Their polycarbonate sheet offerings such as Suntuf and Sunpal are extremely popular here in Australia.
HOW TO CHOOSE A GAZEBO
Think about the purpose and location of your gazebo. Do you want a sheltered private space in a corner of the garden?
Is it to be centre stage as a poolside shelter or a quiet retreat for yoga and meditation or simply an outdoor living area and cosy catch-up space around the barbeque?
A gazebo opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
BUYING GAZEBO KITS
There are a number of DIY gazebo kit manufacturers on the market now and it pays to do your due diligence to ensure you’re getting good value for your money and a product that will continue to look great even after many years of exposure to Australia’s tough climate.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GAZEBO KIT
Obviously, you’ll want to make sure the gazebo kit brand offers you the design qualities you need. Some gazebo kit sets offer only a very limited range of features.
The Canopia range offers a variety of roofing styles including monopitch, pyramid, arched or gable style. Canopia has the shape you want too with square, rectangle or polygon models.
And size does count with Canopia covering the range from around 14m2 right up to 22m2 and various heights.
And Canopia has thought of the little things too; whether you’re looking for an ornate filigree finish to the roof subframe or a clean simple line, Canopia is the gazebo kit for you.
The Canopia permanent gazebo range boasts almost unbreakable polycarbonate roofing panels that come in a range of colours and shade ratings delivering from 85% to 100% UV protection.
Canopia offer enclosed gazebo options too with separate fittings for insect screens and curtains. These are sold separately. You can add a ceiling fan as well.
Build quality is important too. Powder-coated aluminium delivers tough rust free performance and the innovative screw-free roofing system means no more leaks. Galvanised steel roof connectors deliver rock solid stability in the toughest conditions.
These kits are tested for wind speeds of up to 120kms per hour and snow loads of up to 250kgs. The Canopia gazebo kits come with a cast iron 10-year guarantee. The kit includes all the hardware and instructions.
IS IT CHEAPER TO BUILD YOUR OWN GAZEBO?
Will it be cheaper to build your own gazebo or buy a gazebo kit? In most cases, it’s going to be cheaper to buy a gazebo kit and considerably less stress too.
That’s because all the design work has been done for you and all the materials are supplied ready to install.
Gazebo kit manufacturers can usually supply a DIY gazebo cheaper than you can buy the same materials thanks to bulk purchasing power and manufacturing at scale.
If you have access to trade discounts and you’re an experienced DIYer then a build-your-own option may give you a little more design flexibility but it probably won’t be cheaper.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD YOUR OWN GAZEBO?
The cost of building your own gazebo will vary widely depending on what you want.
Obviously, the larger and more complex your gazebo design the more expensive it will be. You’ll need to take into consideration the following:
- Size and type of materials (frame and roof)
- Design features such as complex shape or structure
- Foundations and any earthworks (ground levelling)
- Flooring—raised timber, concrete, tile
- Add ons such as insect screens
- A DIY project or will you employ a builder
A gazebo could cost anything from $800 up to $20,000 or more.
DO GAZEBOS ADD VALUE TO A HOME?
Absolutely. A well-designed gazebo can add a significant amount to the value of your home.
A well-placed gazebo increases the instant visual appeal of your property with a clear focal point when buyers inspect the outside of your property.
A gazebo provides form and function to your backyard and increases awareness of the natural indoor-outdoor flow.
It helps potential buyers to visualise how they might feel in your home. Property investment advisors will tell you that adding a gazebo is one of the best ways to add value to any home.
WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL FOR A GAZEBO ROOF?
Canopia use twin-wall polycarbonate sheeting for the roofing. This delivers real advantages over other roofing materials such as steel.
Polycarbonate sheeting allows ample light to pass through while keeping UV radiation out.
The twin wall sheeting provides some thermal insulation and is much quieter in heavy rain than a standard steel roof will be.
And polycarbonate sheeting is super tough; it won’t dent or break under even really severe hail storms.
WHAT IS A GOOD HEIGHT FOR A GAZEBO?
You probably won’t want a gazebo to be any higher than 3ms. This height allows ample head room for the tallest people to be comfortable as well as allowing for sufficient roof pitch for rain runoff.
And you certainly won’t want it to be any lower than 2 ms unless you’re installing the gazebo over a sunken barbeque pit.
WHAT ARE BALI HUTS?
Bali huts are Bali-styled gazebos that typically feature timber frames and grass thatch roofing.
You can buy these as bali hut kits too but take care when installing the thatch to ensure a waterproof result.
The thatch look may or may not be appropriate for your home’s architectural style.