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Gazebo - or something else?

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KatyMac Fri 08-Jul-05 21:17:42

I need to create some significant shade in our garden (for the mindees)
I've considered a summer house and decided I can't afford one
I've seen a hexagonal gazebo at B&Q with a solid roof and a wooden base - it's lovely and I could afford it (just) but I need a square one. Preferably a very big square one.
Is this the way to go or are there any other ideas out there?

bobs Sat 09-Jul-05 00:10:11

How about a pop-up gazebo that you can put up whrn sunny and peg in? Not a permanent solution but reasonable - I paid £50 at Focus last year. It takes 4 people 2 mins to put up (one at each corner) but I've managed it on my own in 5 mins. It is open sided but you can also buy sides separately.

sallystrawberry Sat 09-Jul-05 00:13:28

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Nbg Sat 09-Jul-05 08:00:59

Homebase have one in the sale atm for £39.99 and if you have a CO-OP near you they are selling them for £9.99!

KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 09:02:30

Thanks - but I ned a permanent structure

I'm thinking wood......our garden is quite windy and if it had a solid (or near solid) side it qwould help

KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 19:32:12

How easy would it be to cover the top of this?

gazebo

I'm thinking a reed screen or bamboo maybe?

KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 21:38:42

Ar....go on someone - be constructive

What could I use?
Is this the easiest way to get my shade?

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 21:40:05

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 21:42:06

The space it is going into is a rectangle between the patio and the fence....so if I put a hexagonal one in I'll have to plant in the corners...and I'm too lazy to find out which plants are ultra safe

QZebra Sat 09-Jul-05 21:42:11

We got a parasol (3m diameter but rectangular shape) with 17.5 kg base -- for the preschool. Good because you can put it up quick, keep it down if very windy, move it around, etc. Cost £98 though.

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 21:44:06

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 21:49:28

I'd kill for it - but planning won't let me have anymore buildings that's why I picked the one in my post at 7.32 - cos it's def. a garden structure not a shed or summerhouse

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 21:54:25

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 21:56:18

Apparenlty so if you have already exceeded your permitted development rights - which we have by loads. They have said not even a car port unless something else goes

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 21:56:57

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giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 21:57:17

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 21:58:56

Very nice......

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 22:00:42

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 22:02:39

I think with that sort of roof it's a building again

Thats why I thought I could just nail a bit of screening on to the one I picked

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 22:07:26

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 22:16:16

Why would the roof be a problem in the winter?

giraffeski Sat 09-Jul-05 22:17:02

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-05 22:19:20

Don't know - it's intended as a fence isn't it so supposed to be outside - but it's ment to be verticle so it could be a problem being horizontal....
I can't have an awning (it was m first idea) 'cos the gutter of the conservatory is in the way

Skribble Sun 17-Jul-05 01:12:39

I think the pergola is a great idea, if you cover it with reed, bamboo, or willow etc it wouldn't be to expensive to replace next spring if it starts to look a bit worse for wear. I am considering something similar but I might go for plastic panels on the top as in scotland I need something more waterproof than shade. I have the same problem with wind or i would just put up a gazebo and tie it down for the summer like MIL. She has got to eye bolts on the back of her house and screws the feet to her deck, lasts all summer.

I would like a summer house thing but can't find the nice corner one I saw for £895 it was a good size but I can't find it again.

Skribble Sun 17-Jul-05 01:13:41

PS I meant to say Poundstretchers do packs of screening in the spring.

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