In the throes of winter it can be easy to start fantasizing about summer parties, languishing on the lawn under a hot sun, and entertaining in the humid shade. The key to doing any of these things is having the right kind of structure — not all outdoor features are created equal. Here are three of the most common outdoor structures, how they differ, and what they’re good for.
1. Gazebos A gazebo is one of the most common outdoor structures. These are generally made of wood or a sturdy fabric like canvas. They are usually at least six-sided, which gives the structure more of a rounded look. Gazebo builders usually cover the roofs completely, so they offer a space out of the weather. Some have