Should You Add A Gazebo, Pergola, Or Pavilion To Your Home?

Should-You-Add-A-Gazebo-Pergola-Or-Pavilion-To-Your-Home3If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s outdoor space, you may be thinking should you add a gazebo, pergola, or pavilion to your home?  While all three types of outdoor structures are great options, you may wonder which is best for your home. Although they have similar jobs providing shade and weather protection each outdoor structure has its own unique design and features.

Gazebo vs Pavilion vs Pergola: Which One To Choose?

Structures like gazebos, pavilions, and pergolas are great for adding comfort, functionality, and style to your outdoor living space.

The first thing to consider when adding an outdoor structure to your yard is to decide on the style you want to build. While gazebos, pavilions, and pergolas are similar, they do have differences. Gazebos are traditionally built in a round or octagonal shape and contain a proper roof structure. In contrast, pergolas are built in a square or rectangular shape and offer partial covering. Pergolas tend to provide less coverage with their open roofs although they can also be modified to include more cover.

While gazebos and pergolas both serve to provide aesthetics and shade to your yard, the main difference between a pergola and gazebo is the floor and roof. A gazebo has a full roof, meaning it offers more shade and protection from the sun and outside elements. Pergolas have slatted roofs which allow the sun (and all the outside elements) to come through the roof. While there are a variety of types of gazebos and pergolas, the floor of the structure is also often different. Typically (not always) gazebos use the same material as the roof for the floor- so a wooden gazebo will be connected to a wooden floor. Pergolas can be built anywhere and be freestanding-however we recommend it’s rooted in cement.

Should You Add A Gazebo?GAZEBO

Gazebos are freestanding structures that stand on their own and have a solid roof and several vertical posts or supports.  They offer complete shade and protection from the elements of the outdoors. Moreover, they are normally constructed in a conventional manner, taking the form of a rectangle and including an elevated level that can be left open to the public or partitioned off using privacy walls.  They are also often of a more compact size and are ideally suited for use at social events or gatherings including families.

A gazebo is the ideal building for those who want a smaller, more private outdoor living area.

Gazebo Pros & Cons

  • Full shade and shelter from the elements.
  • 360-degree views.
  • Latticework and drapes can be used for added privacy.
  • Increases property value.
  • Cost varies depending on materials.
  • Challenging to keep clean.
  • The installation site must be leveled and well-drained.

Should-You-Add-A-PavilionPAVILIONS

A pavilion is a type of outdoor structure that offers a roofed area.  Pavilions have open walls but a sturdy roof. They frequently employ conventional building techniques and strive to maintain a traditional look.  Pavilions are great places to host outdoor events like barbecues and dinner parties.  They provide more protection from the elements than gazebos and have room for more people, making them ideal for celebrations like birthdays and even family reunion reunions.

Pavilions offer an excellent solution for those seeking an expansive outdoor living area with enhanced protection against the elements.

Pavilion Pros & Cons

  • Many options in terms of size, style, and roof shapes.
  • Better protection from sun and rain.
  • Can be integrated with a pergola to extend the covered space.
  • Can be enclosed for added weather protection and privacy.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Permanent structure that requires careful planning.
  • Lack of privacy.
  • More expensive than other outdoor structures.

Should You Add A Gazebo?PERGOLAS

A pergola is an outdoor structure with a roof consisting of horizontal beams or slats that span between upright columns.  They’re bigger than average, so you can still enjoy some airiness while also getting some shade and seclusion.  They are great for entertaining big groups of people in the garden and adding a rustic vibe. Together with some climbing plants and a fire pit, they make for a cozy outdoor room and living space.

Pergolas are an excellent choice for designing a charming outdoor living area that enables you to relish the outdoors in a sophisticated manner.

Pergola Pros & Cons

  • Countless size, shape, and style options.
  • Can be independent or attached to an existing structure.
  • Easily combined with a pavilion to extend the covered space.
  • Easy to keep clean.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Minimal site preparation required.
  • Some shade, but minimal protection from elements and bugs.
  • Limited options for roof styles.
  • Lack of privacy.

Gazebos are perfect for adding traditional style as well as privacy to your outdoor area. In addition, they give complete shade from the sun.  

However, pavilions provide additional shelter from the weather, making them ideal for bigger family gatherings and other outdoor events.

Smaller outdoor areas benefit greatly from pergolas because of their ability to add almost everything to your backyard that’s needed to feel comfortable and enjoy it for an affordable price.

Backyard Renovations Complete With A Pergola East Northport NY (1)Some popular add-ons include:

  • Electricity for lighting, outlets, and other features.
  • Gas lines for fire features or outdoor kitchens.
  • Screens, retractable doors, and enclosed sides for added privacy and weather protection.
  • Built-in seating.
  • Roof features, such as a louvered pergola roof with rotating blades.

No matter what outdoor structure you choose, you can’t go wrong. All three structures are beautiful and when done right, can boost the value of your home. The key is to work with an experienced, reputable home remodeling contractor like Gappsi!

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Elevate Your Home With An Outdoor Pavilion And Pool Resurfacing

Outdoor-Pavilion-And-Pool-ResurfacingElevate Your Home With An Outdoor Pavilion And Pool Resurfacing this season and enjoy more time outdoors in your home!

Every pool needs a resurfacing service eventually. Resurfacing helps enhance your pool’s brightness, fills in any holes or cracks, and helps maintain the structure of your pool.

Outdoor Pavilion And Pool Resurfacing

Resurfacing can repair problems like cracks and wear, while also enhancing and updating your pool’s appearance. While not needed as often as other services, resurfacing should still be on your list of pool maintenance tasks.  Here are four reasons it’s time to resurface your swimming pool:

  1. You notice staining – Pools can start to get discolored after years of wear and tear. These stains can come from the minerals, chemicals, or other materials in the water such as leaves and natural debris.  Check to see if the stains are algae, which will be a shade of green or even red, or another color. If your cleaning efforts are unsuccessful, it may be time to resurface the pool.
  2. Material is coming off – When your pool surface feels like sandpaper and you can see the raw gunite peeking through, it’s time to resurface your pool.  There are a lot of different factors that can cause the pool’s surface materials to break down and come off, such as years of heavy use,  unbalanced pH levels, as well as sudden damage.  Once the surface layer starts to come off, it’s only going to continue and spread. So, it’s important to have it resurfaced as soon as you notice problems.
  3. There Are Leaks – The longer you wait to repair a leak in your pool, the more it will cost. So, be on the lookout for these signs of leaks to see if it’s time to repair and resurface your pool:
    ♦  Wet spots of grass near the pool area
    ♦  Loose or falling tiles
    ♦  Cracks or gaps in the concrete
    ♦  Water loss is greater than the evaporation rate
  4. You’re Ready for an Update – resurfacing is more than just a way to repair and maintain your pool: It also gives you the opportunity to transform and enhance the way your pool looks.

Outdoor-Pavilion-And-Pool-Resurfacing1Elevating Your Backyard With A Custom Built Pavilion

Pavilions can add usability and visual intrigue to a wide variety of outdoor spaces. A great outdoor pavilion design idea can elevate just about any backyard landscape. A pavilion adds both form and function to an outdoor living space.  Quality backyard pavilion ideas can be decorated with outdoor dining, living, or fire pit furnishings to truly feel like an expansion of your home.

In fact, depending on the design and location of your new pavilion, it may just become one of your favorite places to spend time with family and friends!  The sky’s the limit when it comes to architecture and design.

Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion

Outdoor dining. A relaxing afternoon outdoors. A paradise in your backyard. You guessed it. It’s an Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion. If you, like the idea of expanding your living space to the great outdoors, then keep reading!  From the simplest of pavilions with a grill to the expansive luxury outdoor kitchen pavilion, the options are endless.

An outdoor kitchen pavilion provides the opportunity to cook outside, which can be enjoyed during warm weather. Additionally, outdoor cooking can help keep cooking smells and heat outside rather than inside the house.  Plus enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while still having the convenience of a functional kitchen space.

Pavilions can be constructed from a number of different products or materials. Most pavilions are constructed of either vinyl, traditional wood, or an elegant timber frame. The type of material you choose for your outdoor kitchen pavilion will depend on the style you want your backyard space to have.

Outdoor-Pavilion-And-Pool-Resurfacing2Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion Appliances and Amenities

What you add to your pavilion is truly what makes or breaks the design. An outdoor kitchen pavilion is a great place to have your favorite grill, firepit, or pizza oven. The details of what you want in your outdoor kitchen are completely up to you. When designing your outdoor kitchen pavilion, it’s important to consider the appliances and amenities that will make it functional and enjoyable.

  • Grill: A grill is one of the most popular and enjoyable ways of cooking outdoors. With countless options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the perfect grill for your pavilion.
  • Pizza Oven: A pizza oven is a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. Combine it with a countertop and enjoy an evening of making and eating your favorite pizza.
  • Fireplace or Firepit: A fireplace and chimney in a pavilion create a space for people to gather.
  • Lighting & Electrical: As the sun sets, you’ll want to make sure the party continues. Running electrical to your outdoor kitchen pavilion opens up a whole new world of opportunities. Having power at the pavilion makes it possible to plug in any of your small appliances or fans. In addition, having proper lighting in your pavilion allows you to create the ambiance you want.
  • TV: To take your entertainment to the next level, consider adding a TV to the corner of your pavilion. Entertain in style without missing any of the action.

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  • Seating: Whether you have a bar area with seating, or an outdoor sofa area, having a place for you, your family, and your friends to sit is an important part of any pavilion design.
  • Countertop: For a complete outdoor kitchen pavilion experience, you’ll want to add some counter space. Because it’s outdoors, be sure to use the appropriate material, like granite or other stone.
  • Bar or Island: An island or bar provides some flow to your pavilion kitchen floorplan. It also gives you a workspace or a place to pull up a bar chair.
  • Sink: A sink in your outdoor kitchen will make time in your pavilion all the more enjoyable. Including a sink will also require plumbing to be run to your pavilion.
  • Refrigerator: A refrigerator or minifridge is a great addition to your pavilion kitchen. Keep all your food and drinks nice and cold and ready for you to enjoy.
  • Ice maker: An ice maker in your outdoor kitchen keeps you from needing to run to the house all the time.

Sandblasted  Marble Pavers Pool Patio Dix Hills NY

This backyard in Dix Hills NY started with the renovation of the gunite swimming pool. We installed 6 inches of porcelain tiles in the water line and red-marbled dusted the pool with gray marble dust. We replumbed the entire pool and installed all new equipment. The pool is about 50 years old and we made it look brand new again. We installed and redesigned an all-new marble patio with G043 marble pavers.

Gappsi built two columns on the side of the pool and veneered it with the silver travertine random size veneer split faced and tumbled and capt the top with 2 inches 24×24 G043 copings. As well as the pool coping is two inches of G043 marble coping. We installed two sheer descent waterfalls built into the columns. In addition, we installed the largest SR Smith slide between the two columns. We also installed the diving board and an all-new pavilion.  With an outdoor kitchen and a wall in the back. The refrigerator sink and a free-standing grill on the side. The inside of the pavilion is an open beam stained in mahogany color with a fan. All isak trims and gutters were installed to finish the pavilion. We also re-landscaped the new part of the backyard renovation. We installed a natural stone wall to create a flat area behind the swimming pool. Clients are very happy. Another backyard redesign and marble pavers installation by Gappsi in Dix Hills NY.

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Backyard renovated Smithtown NY

Backyard-renovated-in-Smithtown-NYBackyard renovated in Smithtown NY

This is a complete backyard renovation. We replaced all the natural grass with the synthetic grass. Patio and Walkway were installed with G44 Gappsi Limestone.   At the beginning we did an enclosed area as a dog run.  As we go through the backyard the pool patio is all surrounded by limestone and synthetic grass. The fire pit with  a marble top. All the columns for the pavilion were veneered with the silver travertine very close matching colors to the blue limestone.  The coping of the pool is a 2 inch thick limestone. The outdoor kitchen is under the pavilion, all veneered with random large size silver travertine tumbled veneer. There is a bar area on this side completed with smoker, sink and storage cabinets. The entire backyard was completed with synthetic grass. Even the slide was installed over the grass and secured into a concrete base. Free maintenance backyard. Gappsi is a complete  backyard designer from landscaping, masonry and gunite and vinyl swimming pools, home remodeling and construction, synthetic turf, sports courts, putting greens, basketball courts, bocce courts and dog run playgrounds.. Gappsi knowledgeable and experienced personnel can help you create the yard of your dream.   We also provide  These services in the following areas of Eastern Long-Island – Western long-Island  – North-Shore long-Island – South-Shore long-Island, Suffolk County,  Nassau County,  Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon , Huntington,  Islip, Smithtown,  Brookhaven, Southampton,  Riverhead,  East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor,  Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor,  East Norwich and both Nassau and Suffolk County

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Complete backyard and pool remodeled in Kings park NY

Complete-backyard-and-pool-remodeled-in-Kings-park-NYThis gunite pool was remodeled. We installed one inch by one inch tiles and on mash sheets. The pool finish is a dark gray marble dust which reflects the color of the sky very well. we installed new coping of silver travertine and also the all patio was repaved with silver travertine french pattern. We installed a wood burning fire pit area in the grass  and we built a 16×16 pavilion with the exposed beams on the inside stained in a mahogany color with 8×8  inch columns  and gutters. Gappsi is a complete  backyard designer from landscaping, masonry and gunite and vinyl swimming pools, home remodeling and construction, synthetic turf, sports courts, putting greens, basketball courts, bocce courts and dog run playgrounds.. Gappsi knowledgeable and experienced personnel can help you create the yard of your dream.   We also provide  These services in the following areas of Eastern Long-Island – Western long-Island  – North-Shore long-Island – South-Shore long-Island, Suffolk County,  Nassau County,  Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon , Huntington,  Islip, Smithtown,  Brookhaven, Southampton,  Riverhead,  East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor,  Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor,  East Norwich and both Nassau and Suffolk County

 

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Backyard remodeled in Dix Hills NY

Backyard remodeled in Dix Hills NY Just completed this backyard project in Dix Hills NY.  We installed Fiorito travertine for the entire backyard. We built a new stoop in a semicircle shape by the backyard sliding door and build a 16×16 Pavilion. All faced with  synthetic wood columns and ceiling all covered, We built a new breeo fire pit  zentro stainless steel and veneered with all fiorito travertine rock face. We remodeled the entire pool. Installed the new 2 inch coping same travertine coping porcelain tiles in pool waterline and tile marks on the steps and plastered the pool with dark gray marble dust. We also installed the slide.  The clients are very happy. Gappsi is a complete  backyard designer from landscaping, masonry and gunite and vinyl swimming pools, home remodeling and construction, synthetic turf, sports courts, putting greens, basketball courts, bocce courts and dog run playgrounds.. Gappsi knowledgeable and experienced personnel can help you create the yard of your dream.   We also provide  These services in the following areas of Eastern Long-Island – Western long-Island  – North-Shore long-Island – South-Shore long-Island, Suffolk County,  Nassau County,  Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon , Huntington,  Islip, Smithtown,  Brookhaven, Southampton,  Riverhead,  East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor,  Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor,  East ,Norwich and both Nassau and Suffolk County

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