Where to Place a Pavilion

Outdoor structures abound, from pergolas to lathe houses to gazebos and pavilions. Knowing the best place for each structure can be challenging. Gazebos are open-sided and perfect for a party or barbecue that requires a bit of overhead cover for guests. A pergola doesn’t provide overhead cover. Instead, it is an ornamental structure that makes an elegant support for twisting and flowering vines. A pavilion has multiple uses, each of which is dependent on the structure’s size, its location and its construction material. Here are a few tips that can help you decide where to place your pavilion, or how to choose the kind of pavilion that will work best for your yard’s landscape.

Decks and Patios

Traditional pavilions were often attached to main buildings where they provided an area that was used for entertaining and relaxation. Installing a pavilion on the edge of your deck or at the corner of your patio adds a modern twist to the old tradition. More practically, a pavilion placed in this area provides overhead cover for guests who wish to avoid full sun or rain without leaving the party.

Shaded Areas

Pavilions have a classic look, with many featuring symmetrical columns and an elevated cover. When placed in a shaded garden area, a pavilion’s classic appearance is contrasted against soft foliage and dimmer light. The result is a more pronounced and dramatic appearance overall.

Sunny Spaces

Opting for a less-traditional appearance, pavilions provide shade during hot weather while breaking the monotony of flat turf and lawn. Bright annual flowers can be placed outside the pavilion to provide color. A pavilion is a sturdy structure, so make use of this quality and hang screened fabric to keep insects and other pests out of the area.

High Traffic Locations

As mentioned earlier, pavilions are sturdy. This means you can hang curtains from the upper beams to create a private space in a high-traffic area. City dwellers with urban patios or decks can find privacy outdoors with this set-up. Additionally, vinyl pavilions are able to withstand extreme temperatures and urban life. With the appearance of wood and the water resistance of vinyl, these pavilions are easily cleaned and maintained all year long.

Poolside, Gardenside, and Snowside

Save the cabanas for the tropics. In temperate climates, a pavilion has multiple uses. During the summer months, a poolside pavilion provides a semi-private area for changing, screens to keep insects at bay and overhead cover from a glaring sun. During the spring and fall, a pavilion becomes an area for gardeners to take refuge from rain or hail. In the winter months, a pavilion can be decorated with holiday lights and used for tasteful holiday displays.

There are many areas of your property that are well-suited for a pavilion. Think about where you spend most of your outdoor time right now, and then consider placing a pavilion in that area, where it will create a comfortable outdoor experience for yourself and for your guests.