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A pavilion is so much more than a simple garden house - it is a wonderful, creative design element, a retreat and oasis of peace and at the same time an eye-catcher. The word origin in the Latin "papillio" (butterfly) indicates its filigree and decorative design. Pavilions provide protection from the midday heat, a sudden summer rain or a refreshing wind on a warm evening. No wonder that its history goes back almost as far back as the garden history itself. The first arbours and planted shelters are already known from ancient Egypt, Greece and Asia. But culminating in the baroque architecture in the Baroque, where the small, airy little houses as a rest area and pleasure tent, the spacious parks equipped. From the 19th century, the garden pavilion, a small brother of the park pavilion, found its way into the private gardens and is still a popular gem for garden lovers.

Small gazebo

This partially open garden pavilion can also be found in a small garden

Function and usage

The garden pavilion is not just any building in the garden, but a very special design element. From the small shelter to the rustic garden log house, there are garden pavilions in every shape and size and for every need. In contrast to a classic garden shed, no tools are stored in the pavilion. It serves as an extended terrace, where a cozy seating area or decorative garden furniture invite you to linger. A pavilion is generally characterized by being light and airy while providing sun and rain protection. From the pavilion you can look at your garden from a different angle than from the terrace. It offers an elegant frame and very special flair for small celebrations or coffee parties and protects against wind and weather. Whether flower-covered in summer or snow-covered in winter - a well-kept garden pavilion is a beautiful sight all year round.

Pavilion in winter

Even in winter, a gazebo is an eye-catcher in the garden

Small material science

When planning a pavilion, the basic decision should first be made as to whether the garden pavilion should be made of metal or wood. Metal is very stable, easy to clean and airy-elegant. Frames made of steel or aluminum are usually offered in combination with coverings made of waterproof textiles or plastic sheets. Depending on requirements, individual side panels can then be opened or closed, or the entire pavilion can be flexibly assembled and disassembled. More valuable and consistent is the installation of glass walls. This solution looks particularly delicate and reminiscent of the baroque orangeries.
The classic wooden gazebo, on the other hand, looks rather rustic, but blends in with virtually any garden picture. Larch or pine wood is particularly weather-resistant. The brighter the paint, the greater the distance effect. No matter which material you choose, check the following factors when selecting it: Storm resistance in snow and snow, waterproofness of the material to protect against wind and weather, and good UV resistance for effective sun protection. If you still want to use your pavilion in autumn, you should choose a closed version with windows and doors.

Wooden gazebo

The classic garden pavilion is made of wood in natural or white

Variants in form and style

Elongated or round pavilions are available from specialist dealers as well as closed or open versions. Semi-open variants with lattice walls instead of full-surface cladding are airy and offer climbing plants hold. Partially concealed pavilions are closed in the lower part of the outer walls, the upper half is open. Before you buy a pavilion, you should clarify how much space you have available and what form your summer house should have. Somewhat larger, permanently installed or bricked garden pavilions require a cast foundation, meaning that you will need to obtain a building permit in most areas! Information about this can be obtained from the respective building authority.
When setting up, make sure that the garden shed does not block the view into the garden. Rather, the gazebo itself should serve as a screen and be positioned so that you can see your garden in full glory, perhaps with a view of fountains, pond or birdhouse. Attention! Again, distance rules on property boundaries and any height limits must be respected. A little place beside an old tree or at a pond gives the house a special character. Depending on your taste, you can design your pavilion, for example, as a hunting lodge with antlers above the door, as a blue-white painted fisherman's hut or as a cozy dollhouse with frilly curtains.

The Rankpavillon

A special representative of the Gartenpavillons is the Rankpavillon: an elegant construction of aluminum, steel or wrought iron without walls, which is similar to an arbor only by climbing plants or Weinranken play around. For a Rankpavillon is also in a smaller garden, for example in the middle of the lawn space. It is anchored in the ground without foundation. Underneath, you can either set up a seat on a gravel floor or pavement or create a decorative element such as a fountain or a statue.

Rose Pavilion

Classic: a climbing pavilion with climbing rose ('New Dawn') and bust

Tips for building

Building a garden pavilion does not require much practice. The profiles required for the construction are prefabricated and available from specialist dealers. Symmetrical polygon constructions are popular, but rectangular houses with hipped or flat roofs are also popular. The construction of the pavilion depends above all on symmetry. That is, the wall parts must be exactly matched in length and width. Before it can go to work, you first need a foundation to provide for the future stability of the pavilion. A paved or conical round area forms a nice contrast to the square house. The roof construction depends on the geometry of the base area.
A cone, dome or pyramid roof is typical for a round, six or octagonal garden pavilion. The roof surfaces should protrude over the stand surface for a nice visual impression. In addition, you should provide the entrance area with a drainage and seal the transition points of the roof thoroughly, so that the pavilion roof withstands wind and weather. Use small-size cover material such as shingles. This is easier to process and is also inexpensive. If the pavilion is to be used in winter, it needs good insulation and double glazing. The installation of sockets for lighting and heating is highly recommended. If you want to emphasize the pavilion in the garden, you can also attach a lighting from the outside.

Pavilion with flower boxes

Like a balcony, a gazebo can be decorated with flower boxes and traffic lights


A garden pavilion was designed to visually enhance the garden and harmoniously fit into the entire garden picture. He can be used very well as a trellis aid. Let, for example, wisteria wisteria over the roof - its large, blue-purple flower clusters form a gorgeous flower curtain. Climbing roses and Ramblers in company with Clematis are, as well as honeysuckle (Lonicera) and ivy, wonderful for planting the garden pavilion. Even annual vines such as black-eyed Susanne or nasturtium snake along pillars and frame along. Beware of high-growth plants, such as the maiden vine. They may overgrow more than they decorate. If your pavilion has very smooth walls, you can attach a trellis to a sidewall. If you have windows or a parapet, attach cheerfully planted flower boxes to them. Hanging baskets can be hung on the inside of the roof.

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