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What's the Difference Between a Pergola and a Gazebo?

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What's the Difference Between a Pergola and a Gazebo?

If you live in New England, chances are you relish spending summer weekends outside, enjoying the weather your family and friends. However, it can get hot out there in the sun, so you may be thinking about installing a backyard structure to provide shade during your gatherings. This begs the question, though: Should you install a gazebo? Or a pergola? If you’re wondering about the difference between pergolas and gazebos, here’s what you need to know about these two structures and some tips on picking the right one for you....

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How to Pick the Perfect Location for Your Shed, Gazebo or Pergola

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How to Pick the Perfect Location for Your Shed, Gazebo or Pergola

If you’ve decided that you could really use a new shed, gazebo or pergola, the next logical decision is where you’re going to put it. It may seem like a simple choice, but there are a number of important factors to take into account.Know the size of the structureIf you haven’t picked out your new addition, you’ll want to do so before you choose a location. After all, a 6-by-8-foot shed will be easier to place than a 14-by-26-foot gazebo. Plus, having a size picked out will allow you to...

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Pergolas: The Unsung Hero of Outdoor Structures

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Pergolas: The Unsung Hero of Outdoor Structures

Durable vinyl pergolas are perfect for any climate. Close your eyes and imagine the perfect fall evening. What do you see? Can you feel the leaves crunching under your feet as you stand up to stoke the campfire? Can you smell the marshmallows starting to melt over the heat? No doubt you can picture yourself warmly wrapped in a flannel blanket swapping stories and laughing with your closest friends. It’s chilly outside, so you’ll want some kind of structure to huddle under. But the stars are among the best part of being...

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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

Don’t let work and other obligations take away from your free time at home. It’s much easier to relax and stop thinking about the to-do’s on your calendar when you have a designated space to kick back – and what better location than your own backyard?Here are some ways to make your yard into a sanctuary for you and your family.Eliminate Junk and ClutterYour first step to creating a relaxing environment should be to get rid of anything taking up unnecessary space. Toss any trash and put yard tools, gardening...

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21 Pergola Designs and Decorating Tips

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21 Pergola Designs and Decorating Tips

Summer is approaching, which means outdoor parties, backyard fun, and tons of entertaining. If you’ve been thinking about how you can revamp your backyard to welcome future guests and family members, then a pergola may just be the outdoor structure you need to add some extra flair. Pergolas, also known as arbors, are outdoor structures that form a shaded walkway or sitting area with the use of vertical pillars, crossbeams, and a lattice. They are usually attached to a building, however in some cases they can stand alone. Below we...

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Pergolas: Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

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Pergolas: Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

Winter’s not here yet! Get out there and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather while it lasts. Our pergolas offer the best of outdoor living.It truly is a great time to enjoy the warmth from a fire pit, whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner party or relaxing after a long workweek. Having the right outdoor space will enhance any Fall gathering.Better Homes and Garden offers some great ideas on how to use pergolas to capture the ideal outdoor environment to meet everyone’s needs. They are not only the foundation for providing...

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Made in the Shade: Keeping Cool with Pergolas & Gazebos

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Made in the Shade: Keeping Cool with Pergolas & Gazebos

HGTV has some really great photos that are sure to inspire you to spruce up your outdoor space, with a focus on pergolas and gazebos. Best of all, they offer some much-needed shade to help maximize your outdoors time this summer!Whether you are just looking to enhance what you already have (maybe with some new gardening?) or interested in purchasing your first pergola or gazebo, it never hurts to start with some pretty pictures and a look at what other people have done.Both pergolas and gazebos come in wood or...

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