to Plan for, Design, and Accessorize Your Dream Gazebo
Which Gazebo is Best for You? Octagonal? Square? Oval? 8' x 8'? 12' x 20'?
Where Should You Place Your Gazebo? In the Corner? By the Pool? Among the Trees?
You Know Your Gazebo’s Size. You Know Your Gazebo’s Shape. What Else Do You Need to Know?
How Will You Personalize Your Gazebo? Simple or Ornate? Wood or Vinyl? Pagoda or Cupola?
Wood and Vinyl Gazebos
Gazebo Rails, Spindles, Corner Braces, and Fascia (Trim)
Gazebo Roof Shingles
Other Gazebo Options
Preparing Your Site for Your New Gazebo
Have Gazebo Questions? Cabinfield Has Gazebo Answers!
Create a little slice of yesteryear that beckons you to relax. Entertain family and friends after dinner; enjoy your morning tea, or just soak up the midday sunshine in your gazebo – the centerpiece of your backyard retreat. Create the perfect gazebo for you by mingling Victorian charm with the timeless beauty of wood or the contemporary crispness of vinyl for an amazingly durable – and amazingly affordable – handcrafted Amish gazebo.
Selecting a gazebo has never been easier or more affordable. Choose your gazebo`’s shape and design, railings and spindles, roof trim and shingles, seating, windows, or screens to personalize and bring your perfect gazebo to life. Whether you prefer to assemble your gazebo yourself or engage an independent professional installer through our nationwide network, the end result will be decidedly yours. More importantly, because each gazebo kit is designed and handmade by master Amish craftsmen, you know yours will be an attractive addition to your landscape for years to come. Learn more about the quality of our gazebos here.
Octagonal? Square? Oval? 8' x 8'? 12' x 20'?
Cabinfield brings you high-quality handcrafted Amish gazebos in a variety of sizes and shapes: octagonal, square, oval, and rectangular. Which is best for you? It depends. First, consider which size and shape will complement your home and landscape. Too large a gazebo may overpower your home; too small a gazebo may be lost among other landscape elements. A quaint 8' x 8' gazebo is the perfect choice for a smaller home or backyard, while a stately 12' x 20' gazebo accentuates a large home or acreage.
Second, consider how you plan to use your gazebo. Will it become an entertainment center for special occasions, such as parties or family weddings? Will you and your family gather there regularly for outdoor dining? Will it serve only ornamental purposes? Do you imagine your gazebo will become your favorite cozy porch or room, where you’ll relax and unwind? Or perhaps you need poolside protection from the sun, or a private setting for your hot tub?
If you have several uses for your gazebo in mind, or if you need flexible floor space, choose an oblong-style gazebo, either rectangular or oval. These shapes give you space to add a lovely handcrafted Amish table or swing at one end and a relaxed seating area at the other. If you’re thinking of an octagonal- or square-shaped gazebo, keep in mind that any table you’d like to add will have to sit in the center, which limits your floor space. But if your gazebo is primarily for aesthetics and special occasions, flexible floor space may not matter to you.
In the Corner? By the Pool? Among the Trees?
Before you design your gazebo, determine where you’d like it to sit on your property. Gazebo site selection also influences your gazebo’s size.
Choose a fairly level location, if possible. And avoid areas where water may collect, like at the bottom of a hill.
Visualize your dream gazebo in place with just a few easy steps:
Place your gazebo on your deck, on a patio, or on a concrete slab without a floor. All of Cabinfield’s handcrafted Amish gazebos include flooring as a standard option, but you may order your gazebo without flooring and save even more.
Before you move forward with your gazebo project, ask (and answer!) these questions to make sure your project runs smoothly:
Simple or Ornate? Wood or Vinyl? Pagoda or Cupola?
It’s your gazebo, so make it as simple or as ornate as you’d like! These charming and classically octagonal garden buildings are popular in many shapes. Your choice of wood, rails, spindles, braces, fascia (trim), and roof will add personality, making your gazebo distinctively yours.
All Cabinfield Amish wooden gazebos (except for our cedar gazebos) are crafted with durable treated pine. To protect and showcase the beauty of your gazebo’s wood, you may select an option to add wood sealant or two coats of vinyl latex paint, which will be applied by hand before your gazebo is delivered. Many gazebo lovers tell us they prefer wood because they feel wood is more aesthetically pleasing. If you, too, prefer the look of wood, we recommend annual wood treatments to keep your gazebo looking fresh and new. You may also select our naturally weather-resistant cedar gazebos.
Other gazebo lovers tell us they prefer easy-care vinyl siding for a neat, sharp look that lasts for years without weathering. Since all exposed areas will be vinyl or polyurethane, maintenance is as easy as spraying your vinyl-covered gazebo with a hose periodically. Vinyl gazebos are covered with your choice of white or ivory siding.
These design options give a gazebo its “gingerbread” look and feel. Most handcrafted Cabinfield gazebos feature, as standard, straight-spindle railing and 2" x 2" spindles. Or, if you prefer, choose the more elegant “turned” or rounded spindles.
Braces are also standard fare on every Cabinfield gazebo. Standard braces are 1?" thick. Or, indulge in a gingerbread fantasy by choosing the more elaborate Victorian braces.
Fascia, the trim around your gazebo’s roof line, is available in two styles: wavy, which is standard, or straight. Both work well with any railing, spindle, or brace combination.
Depending upon the size and shape of your gazebo, you may have several roofing options.
A hip roof (our Classic Majestic Roof) slopes from all sides. A square gazebo’s hip roof has four sides; an octagonal gazebo’s roof has eight. Octagonal (and some oval) hip roofs include a standard cupola, which gives your gazebo’s roof a two-tiered look.
A curved roof (our Classic Royale Roof) may also be an option for you if you select an oval or octagonal gazebo. A curved roof gives you slightly more interior ceiling space and extends your gazebo’s height by up to 2'.
When you purchase a handcrafted Amish gazebo from Cabinfield, you may choose from a variety of roof shingles:
- Asphalt, our most basic shingles.
- Architectural, or dimensional shingles, which appear thicker and produce a more three-dimensional effect than do asphalt shingles. You may prefer this option to match the roof of your home if it, too, is covered with architectural shingles.
- Cedar shakes, which are eye-pleasing treated wood shingles. We recommend treating cedar shakes each year to protect them from the elements.
- Rubber slate shingles look like slate. These shingles are very durable, require no extra care, and are available as options on our vinyl gazebos.
Wooden gazebos feature straight or octagonal wooden floors, depending on which model you choose. If you select an octagonal wooden gazebo from Cabinfield, your gazebo will be equipped with a beautiful octagonal floor as well – something you cannot find among many of our competitors! Vinyl gazebos come standard with easy-care vinyl floors. Or, choose to omit a floor completely if your gazebo will sit on your deck or patio.
Clear an area that is 2 feet larger than the size of the gazebo in length and width. This way there will be a foot of drainage on all sides of the gazebo. Dig down 4-6 inches and make sure the ground is level. Use crushed stone (for example, 2B gravel) to fill the space. If you give the nursery the measurements they can tell you how much crushed stone you will need. Once the stone is in the ground you will have to make sure that the stone is level within 1-2 inches all around.
To make sure the ground is level:
1. Place a stake in the ground at the starting point (highest point) of the stone pad for your structure and attach a string to it.
2. Measure out the length of the stone pad. (1' larger on both sides) Place another stake.
3. Hang a line level in the center of the string.( line levels are available at any hardware store for approx $3)
4. Raise or lower the string until the bubble in the level appears between the lines and tie it off.
5. Measure the distance between the string to the ground (low side). When digging out the area to accept the stone, start at the lowest area and establish the grade by digging down 4-6″. You can now excavate the rest of the site keeping in mind the site should be level when finished.
6. This will determine the slope of the ground.
If you have questions about selecting your gazebo or about preparing your site, call us at 866-450-WOOD(9663) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer your e-mail promptly.