How To Pick The Perfect Backyard Structure For Your Needs

There are a lot of backyard structure options out there and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. Do you need a place to store your extra garden equipment? Are you looking for a shady spot to relax in on hot summer days? Or maybe you just want a nice focal point for your landscaping. Whatever your reasons, we’ve put together a helpful guide to choosing the perfect backyard structure for your needs.  The first thing you need to decide is what kind of structure is right for you and your family. It really depends on the size of your yard or deck and how you want to use the structure. But let’s have a little fun exploring the options!

Gazebos, Pergolas, and Pavilions – Oh My!

Gazebos Are Stand-Alone Structures With A Roof And Open Sides

They’re often octagonal or otherwise symmetrical in shape and make great garden retreats.  Is your backyard in dire need of a relaxation station? Introducing the gazebo: savior of small yards and bland landscapes. Not only do they provide much needed shade on hot days, but they also serve as a visual focal point in your yard. Gazebos can be used for anything from setting up your BBQ area for protection from the elements like severe sun to rainy day out-door-cooking, or a table setting to simply enjoying an evening glass of wine. And the best part about a gazebo is it can be completely screened in with a door, so you don’t have to worry about those pesky Florida bugs!

Gazebos make a great statement for special occasions. Not only do they really add a cozy cottage feel, but they are often used for celebration photos like weddings, anniversaries & reunions. Often decorated with nice landscapes and pathways to the door which can really add to your outdoor guest’s experience.

Pergolas Are Open & Airy Structures

Pergolas can be installed right on your deck or in the back yard and can be a perfect way to define a sitting area to enjoy all year round. Looking for ideas to use your outdoor pergola? Here are a few suggestions: Set up a comfortable lounging area to relax with family and friends by the pool. Install some string lights or lanterns to create a cozy ambiance for evening gatherings. Grow climbing flowers or vines up the posts and rafters for a pop of color and an inviting look. Or use it as a stylish dining area equipped with an outdoor BBQ grill, you can also have an outdoor living room setting with a fire pit. The structure will make such a statement your friends will be envious!


Pavilions Are A Good Choice If You Want A Larger Open-Sided Structure With A Roof

Pavilions can be any size from small to really grand. They can even be an extension of your house right off your back door, or situated by a built-in pool, or how about overlooking the lake? If you have a huge amount of grass in your yard, try a standalone pavilion with a nice stone patio surrounded by your grassy backyard. You won’t have to move patio furniture every time you mow the lawn!

Pavilions are generally the largest of the structures and can be transformed into an outdoor living room complete with couches, coffee table and a big TV for all your game time enjoyment.  If you have a large family or just a lot of gatherings, pavilions are great set up with several picnic tables, add overhead lighting and ceiling fans and you can include all your outdoor cooking appliances to serve everyone outside. And because they have a roof, pavilions have the most versatility when it comes to the weather. You won’t have to worry about a sudden rain shower ruining the day. A great solution for outdoor living year-round.


Is A Shed Or Garage Speaking Your language?

Sheds Are More Than Just Storage Spaces…

Sheds come in all shapes and sizes, from small cottages to large barns. They can be used for storage, as a workshop, or even converted into guest quarters. If you’re not sure what size shed you need, map out your backyard using a hose or spray paint to get an idea of how large your structure will look in reference to your home and yard.

Sheds can be used for straight up garden and yard supplies or made into an outdoor room of its own. There are so many styles that can match your home’s exterior including the color and trim. You can customize tons of features from windows and window boxes to cupolas and weathervanes for that added touch.  If you really want to customize the interior, you can add electricity, upgraded flooring and shelving, and you can even paint the inside as well.

There are also firewood sheds available to keep your firewood dry and off the ground and a really convenient way to retrieve firewood whether for your indoor or outdoor firepit needs.

Putting Your Car Away Has Never Been So Attractive…                          

Garages aren’t just for parking cars anymore. With a little bit of planning, your garage can be transformed into a home gym, workshop, or artist studio. A detached garage is also a great way to add extra living space to your home without breaking the bank. If you’re thinking about adding a garage to your property you’re not alone. Garages are not only very useful, but they add safe storage for your car, tools, outdoor storage needs and can be customized with a loft or second floor which really adds extra living space as well. There are so many styles and uses for garages these days it’s no wonder that they add extra value to your property. A lot of people are working from home these days and an office on the second floor which can convert to guest space as needed will change your world!


Conclusion:  No matter what kind of backyard structure you’re looking for, there’s sure to be something that’s perfect for your needs. Be sure to do your research and compare structures to choose the perfect one for your backyard before making any final decisions. And most importantly, have fun! Adding a new backyard structure is an excellent way to improve both the function and the aesthetic of your home, and don’t forget- The Value!