As bed and breakfast owners, you know it is the little things that make a big difference. Did you know that just by adding a gazebo to your property, you are making it more appealing to potential guests? Attractive landscaping, including bed and breakfast gazebos, enhances the look for your bed and breakfast.
A gazebo is sometimes octagonal (or tent shaped) and can be free standing or attached to a garden wall. It is typically built with wood and has standard roofing materials. It can be open on all sides or have netting to keep out bugs. Bed and breakfast gazebos are popular because they have a variety of styles and can serve a variety of purposes:
- A quiet place to enjoy the view outdoors
- Host meals, parties, and small musical performances
- Meditation, prayer, or spiritual place
- Ornamental feature in landscaped lawns
- Provides shade (even for a hot tub)
- Shelter from rain
- In weddings, it is used for exchanging vows and cutting the cake
If you have one, do you feature your gazebo with landscaping around it? Do you use it for outdoor events? If you do not have a gazebo, is there room for one and, if so, do you know how you would like for it to be used?
You do not have to be a professional builder in order to build a gazebo yourself. They can also be purchased from home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot.
However, before constructing or adding a gazebo to your property, you need to make sure you are abiding by zoning laws and community regulations. There could be height restrictions, allowable lot coverage (rules about the percentage of your property with a building on it), and restricted areas (used for utilities, emergency access, and your property line).
Furthermore, if you must abide by the rules of a homeowners association, you will need to understand their guidelines concerning things like style, height, and material used. In this case, it is much better to seek permission before adding a gazebo than to find out that you are in violation of a law or rule and you will need to make (what could be expensive) changes.
You can feature pictures of your gazebo on your website. You can also talk about its addition and/or construction in a new blog post and in social media.
Bed and breakfast readers, if you have a gazebo, please comment below about how you and your guests use it. If you are considering adding a gazebo, please tell us your reasons for doing so.
Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography