There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book under a gazebo or hanging out with friends under a pergola. Although these structures are similar, understanding the details which make them different is important to deciding which structure is better for a particular home.
Gazebos are traditionally oval, octagonal, or hexagonal. Their prominent feature is their open, wall-less sides and cone-shaped roof. Although there are normally seats or railing around the perimeter of the structure, it is not completely enclosed unless you add an optional screen kit. Gazebos can also vary in size from only a few feet to a space that is big enough to host bands or parties.
Pergolas, also known as arbors, are made of pillars or posts topped with crossbeams and are generally square or rectangular. They are normally constructed from wood or vinyl, and feature an open lattice, which is commonly used to grow vines or other climbing plants. Unlike gazebos, pergolas do not traditionally provide shelter from inclement weather since they do not have complete roofs.
Choosing the Right Structure
There are many features of pergolas and gazebos that should be considered when deciding on which to build. Many who opt for gazebos do so because they offer seating and complete coverage, allowing one to enjoy the outdoors, even in hot or rainy weather. However, some people prefer the open nature of a pergola, which allows the sun to shine through or garden vines to thrive. In addition, where the homeowner wants to put the structure in their yard will impact whether a gazebo or pergola is more appropriate. For example, if an expansive deck already exists, then a pergola could be added to create a semi-shaded spot for a picnic table as an alternative to a traditional table and umbrella. Also, if the backyard has many flowering plants that need ample sunlight to thrive, then the gazebo should be placed in an area that doesn’t prevent them from receiving that vital sunlight.
Determining whether you’d prefer an open roof or total coverage is the first step of deciding whether a gazebo or pergola is right for your home. The next step is contacting a trusted woodworking company about construction! If you’re interested in beginning the process or learning about our financing options, give Grey’s Woodworks a call at (845) 985-7006 or contact us online today!
The leaves are falling, and autumn is finally in the air! In New York, fall is about more than just leaf peeping: it’s time for homeowners to prepare their homes for the heavy winter snow. With these suggestions, and a little hard work, anyone can be prepared for that first snowfall.
Gather Leaves and Debris
It’s okay to leave a few leaves in the yard, but thick layers can attract pests looking for a winter home. They also block sunlight and air from reaching the grass. Raking up leaves and other debris keeps the yard healthy during the cold season, and leaves can actually be shredded for mulch that can be used around the shrubs. Other old plants should also be cleared from the lawn and flower beds before Jack Frost strikes.
Prepare the Lawn
Once temperatures rise in the spring, water from melting snow begins pooling in the yard. Soil needs to dry out quickly for a lush lawn, and taking a few steps now can make that happen down the road. Giving the lawn one more mow and using a garden fork or aerator to break up soil helps guarantee that nutrients continue to nourish the grass’s roots during winter. Lawn fertilizer also encourages a greener springtime lawn.
Prune Trees and Bushes
Now is the time to prune trees and bushes before winter. Large branches can break under the weight of heavy snow, so out-of-place limbs should be cut back. Homeowners should also divide perennials, like roses or clematis, and spread them to other flower beds, but they should wait until spring to divide fall-blooming plants, like chrysanthemums. Planting annuals that like cooler fall temperatures, like pansies, keeps some color in the yard during the dreariest months of the year.
Don’t Forget the House
In New York, preparing for winter means more than just cleaning the lawn. A few steps need to be taken around the house to keep it properly maintained as well, such as stowing away outdoor furniture and cleaning leaves and debris from gutters. After that, power washing the deck helps prevent mold and mildew, and adding a weatherproofing stain can further protect the space from moisture. Water hoses, fountains, and irrigation systems should be drained and stored inside until spring.
Storage Options From Grey’s Woodworks
Once you’ve finally completed these tasks, your gardening and lawn tools should also be stored for the winter. Need a place to put them? A fully assembled storage shed from Grey’s Woodworks can be delivered to your home, and you can even build your own custom design with our 3-D Shed Builder. Call Grey’s Woodworks at (845) 985-7006 to learn more!
A garage—whether to be used for vehicles, storage, or as a game room—can add much-needed extra space to a crowded home. But adding square footage isn’t as simple as picking up some materials and going to town; there are a number of considerations to make before delving into this project.
Research, Research, Research!
The first thing to do when considering adding a new garage is to research local zoning laws. These laws dictate the location of the garage on the property, its size limit, its required distance from property boundaries, and other special requirements like roofing materials, drainage considerations, height, and more. A reputable builder should be knowledgeable about local New York zoning laws.
Select a Design
There are quite a few choices to make when adding a garage. One, two, or three cars? The size might affect the garage’s location relative to the house. Any additional space for storage or a workshop area? This will affect the size of the garage. Attached to the house or freestanding? A detached unit is ideal in many cases since it keeps noise levels down if the garage serves as a workshop. Plus, homeowners don’t have to worry about construction inside the home during the installation.
Don’t Forget the Driveway
In some cases, the home’s existing driveway may offer sufficient space. Other times, the driveway will need to be updated to allow enough space for vehicles and to adhere to local zoning laws. Single-car garages usually require driveways that are at least 10 feet wide, and wider to account for obstacles like trees or ditches. Two-car garages will need nearly double that amount of space. Some zoning laws also require larger turnaround areas, especially for homes on busy streets.
Find a Builder
A garage is not a DIY project unless you have significant construction experience and are very familiar with local zoning laws and codes, so it’s important to choose a company like Grey’s Woodworks. We were voted Reader’s Choice Best Custom Garage or Shed Builder for 2017 and 2018 by the Times Herald-Record, and we’ve been handcrafting storage sheds and garages since 1979. Give us a call at (845) 985-7006, and we’ll help you create a custom garage that meets your family’s needs.
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