Gazebos make us think of that magical Sound of Music scene where Leisl and Rolf sing "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," but you don't have to go to Austria to create a haven from storms and sun alike. Better yet, you can save some money and build your own gazebo, DIY style. Whether you are envisioning a classic octagonal design or a more modern Bali-style retreat, we have inspiration for just the right gazebo for your backyard, large or small. Once it's built, you can outfit your gazebo for with a table and chairs for al fresco dinner parties or patio furniture for hosting gatherings or sibling lounging yourself with a good book, and a light fixture or ceiling fan, plants and curtains can make it all the more cozy to enjoy and complement the landscape around it. Your gazebo could also be home to a grill, outdoor kitchen, or hot tub.
Not sure if you want to build a gazebo or a pergola? Keep in mind pergolas have cross beams on top that let in light and other weather elements, while gazebos have a roof that keep those elements out.
And now for 15 designs to get you dreaming, planning, and hammering. Come storm or sun, the backyard party will go on in style with your new gazebo!