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Patio, Pergola, or Gazebo?

Patio, Pergola, or Gazebo?

Have you ever wondered what is the difference is between a Patio, Pergola and Gazebo? Here is a quick little blog explaining the differences between the structures and the best uses for each.

In Australia, enjoying the great outdoors is a lifestyle! Which means entertainment in the backyard is a must. Our sunny summers and cool winters call for comfort and shade, which leads to most home owners investing on the ideal structure for relaxation and entertaining all year round.

Now let’s explore which is best for you!


Patios are built as great support structures and are generally held up with four posts. In mind patios are designed as a fantastic year round entertaining area with great protection from both the sun and rain. In Australia, a patio is often considered as much of a necessity of a home as it is usually the point of entertainment in the outdoor living area.

You can modify almost every aspect of your patio including the material used, the shape, colour, and even lining. These customisable extras ensure that your patio does not look like an afterthought, but more so it was built to be a part of your home. Whether you choose a luxurious timber patio to bring the outdoors in, or a modern steel patio, patios are a longstanding and can last a life time.

In terms of the use and features of a patio, the list is endless! You can literally have what you would have indoors in your patio. From outdoor kitchens to high tech audio visuals, entertaining outdoors is more than possible. If you are looking for the all rounder in outdoor living, the patio is the perfect feature for your home.


A pergola can be described as an arched structure consisting of a framework designed in a way that allows for vines and climbing plants to grow on. Pergolas are a perfect choice for an outdoor space that is surrounded by lots of plantations and makes for a luscious tropical retreat. A pergola is most often designed to be an essential feature of the garden.

Pergolas are very suitable for those living in Australia as it allows for the direct integration of plantations in your outdoor living area. Typically consisting of horizontal planks of wood, this structure is most commonly flat and open. The roof beams and rafters give the plants an area to cling on to, this allows for a pergola to become a naturally shaded outdoor area that makes an elegant outdoor setting.


Gazebos can be found freestanding in parklands and is shaped in the form of an octagon, which allows for an intimate gathering for its occupants. Due to its size, it is quite popular option for the backyard as it is a smaller investment than the Patio and Pergola. As it is a small structure that can be situated amongst the garden of a house, gazebos make a perfect area of special and intimate gatherings!

The gazebo can help add a touch of country chic to your outdoor living area as it complements most architecture designs. A gazebo is an ideal complementing structure to outdoor features such as ponds, floral gardens and vegetable beds. As most gazebos provide sweeping views of these features, gazebo’s make an ideal place for garden relaxation and entertainment.

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