Shade for a Too-Sunny Patio
A plain brick patio gets a stunning and surprisingly inexpensive copper-roofed gazebo.
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This patio is a sea of bricks, and the homeowners, Terry and Chris Gregorio, need some shade. Designer Denise Muscarella's plan proposes a redwood gazebo that dramatically solves the problem, while also providing an attention-grabbing destination.
A smart way to keep posts from rotting underground: a metal bracket is sunk into the hole and then the metal bracket is set in concrete and attached to the wood post.
The copper flashing was bent to fit the beams; the work was handled by a metal fabrication shop and was very inexpensive. A support piece to help stabilize the structure gets a bit of a decorative design.
The gazebo is roofed by simple copper pipes with capped ends, and the copper pipes rest on individual hangers. The pipes cost about $200.
White potato vines will grow over the gazebo, giving the space underneath a lattice-type shade. Sweet alyssum, purple pincushion flowers, lavender and other easy perennials are planted in containers at the base of each post. The entire cost of the project is about $1,300.
Simple improvements can make a crowded patio look larger, cleaner and more modern.