Gazebos and pergolas and pavilions – oh my! They’re not monsters from the land of Oz, they’re different styles of outdoor platforms homeowners use to relax and enjoy their yard.

So, which choice is best for your yard? That will depend on how you are looking to utilize your outdoor space. Let’s learn a little more about each of these unique yard features


The main difference between a pergola and a gazebo or pavilion is the roof. The roof of a gazebo or a pavilion will provide full coverage from the sun. A pergola, on the other hand, features a slanted roof that allows sunlight to shine through. Many garden lovers use pergolas to feature their favorite vining plants and greenery. Gazebos and pavilions, on the other hand, are used more for their protection from the sun and the elements.


If you are looking to create a space to house a cozy seating area, a better option for your outdoor space might be a gazebo. Depending on your preference, you can choose a gazebo with or without walls, or with a screen to keep out bugs but let in the breeze. The solid roof will shield you and your guests from the sun or rain while you still enjoy the open air. A gazebo’s shape or size can be customized as well. It’s all about how you want to use the space!


Finally, a pavilion is a perfect place to host a barbecue. Typically, you might think of a pavilion as something housed in a park or public place, but they’re great for your yard as well. The main difference between a pavilion and the other two structures is the open sides. Pavilions do not have walls – only pillars to support the roof. If you are looking to house a group of friends or family members and utilize an easily-accessible and completely open space, your best choice is a pavilion.

At Land Concepts, we strive to create a beautiful outdoor living space in your yard. Whether it’s with a structure to house your family and friends, or a beautiful landscape design, we believe in creating outdoor living spaces for our customers. Visit our blog page to learn more.