Posts Tagged ‘Gazebo’

Solar Path Lights – Increase The Beauty Of Your Home

May 7, 2010

Most people choose to use lighting down the pathway leading from your curb or detached garage to the entrance door of the home. The lights can be virtually any style. They add a feature of safety when moving along the path in twilight or moonlight conditions. The drawback to regular lights is that they need to be wired in so that they can operate. There should also be at least one and ideally two control switches, one at each end of the pathway. Solar path lights remove some of the major difficulties with wired lights.

Because solar units are powered from the sun, you don’t need electrical wiring or switches to use them. They take in the rays from the sun daily during hours of sunlight and release the light overnight through the dark hours. This means you are not using electricity and you have the lighting through the night. Because the light storage takes place with no action on your part, you won’t need to turn on the lights at a power switch. The lighting is activated and visible when it’s dark enough. When the sun rises, the lights begin the energy collection process again.

Lighted paths reduce the risk of stumbles on a darkened path. Safety is definitely an important consideration if you need to regularly cross an area where there may be limited lighting. You will be a lot better off to put some lights along the pathway to reduce the chance of tripping or falling.

Lights powered from the energy of the sun can be very appealing to the eye at the same time as they are providing safety for your home and person. Enhance landscape features by additional lights beside garden paths. Choose lighting to focus on patio space, a portion of your garden or the space around a gazebo. Brighter lighting reduces the possibility of tripping over a rough pavement or pathways.
You can use one or two lights or as much as you need to light up the dark paths around your home. Solar lights are usually a little less bright than electric units. To acheive a similar illumination along a path, you might need to supply more lights.

Use solar path lights to outline a garden or to enhance a gate post. Really the only restriction would be that the light has to be in a position where natural sunlight will reach it for several hours every day. For safety and beauty, there are few things more practical than solar lights.


Outdoor Garden Gazebo living

April 23, 2010

An outdoor gazebo is a free standing structure that is commonly seen in gardens, parks or sometimes even in residence. It is also called as pavilion, a bandstand, a summerhouse, a belvedere, or a cabana, even a vendor’s booth. They have many uses, whether it’s just a place to hide from the warm sun or brutal rainfall, maybe even just to add some feature to your landscape, a gazebo can easily add value to your property.

It comes in many shapes, sizes and materials and can be installed to be permanent structures or temporary or seasonal structures and many are can be bought as DIY kits.

Today, you can find a gazebo made from a wide variety of different materials including:

1. Aluminum gazebos

They are commonly erected for special occasions or seasonal use, easy to customize and can be a terrific way to create privacy for small urban rooftop and the “roofs” of this gazebos are made of waterproof canvas coated with UV protection.

2. Wooden gazebos

What most people think gazebos are made of. Modern contemporary to Japanese style is possible with wooden structure. The best outdoor woods are Southern yellow pine (Pinus palustris), Northern white cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) and redwood, all American woods that weather beautifully without the need for staining, painting or pressure treating.

3. Wrought iron gazebos

It’s old and antique look though it’s brand new that adds sophistication and elegance to any garden. ┬áThe great part about wrought iron gazebos is that they can be assembled and build with ease as the parts come with ease to use hooks and bolts. But in reality, wrought iron is not used much today. It is quite heavy and can be very brittle. One of this is the wrought iron fence surrounding the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts that was being stolen at an alarming rate.

4. PVC Resins are used in creating fascinating small gazebo

With stunning greenhouse effect and with this it’s a great way to start vegetable and annual plants for an early start to the growing season. You can also purchase models that come with clear vinyl sides and a zippered doorway and enough room for shelves.

Your imagination and budget are all that determines how involved your outdoor gazebo can become your room of choice for all summer long once you have designed it for maximum comfort.

Planning Your Gazebo

April 21, 2010

If you require a gazebo for shelter only then it should be placed where it provides the best shelter from the sun or rain. You should also take particular attention when placing it as both the sun and rain can enter the sides of the gazebo so a gazebo placed near a fence or wall to provide extra vertical protection from the elements.

If your gazebo is required to help improve the look of your garden or provide a great view point so you can enjoy the rest of your garden then you are best placing it either in the center of your garden or towards one of the corners. A corner placed gazebo doesn’t “steal the show” allowing the rest of your garden to be enjoyed whilst giving you great views of the rest of the garden.

Choosing the right gazebo can also have knock on effects when considering placement. Some gazebos can have walls or additional vertical protection to help protect you from the elements. This is best thought about at the planning stage though so be sure to choose your gazebo plans carefully.