In winter, I also want to cook a barbecue and spend time with my family in nature. In this case, a winter gazebo is an excellent option. If there is already a summer version, it can be modified into a winter-summer version. Of course, you can build a winter version from the very beginning, although it is an expensive pleasure. However, the moments spent with loved ones, especially in the cold season, become more cozy and warm – they are priceless..
There are several types of gazebos:
- Single buildings, which are detached buildings, in fact, this is an independent building, equipped with everything necessary for a pleasant pastime, even in adverse weather conditions will allow you to spend time in nature.
- The combined view is characterized by the fact that it is not an independent building, but is considered part of a single whole with a house, sauna, bath. Its peculiarity is also the fact that it includes both summer and winter gazebos – Moorish style. It has several zones: the first is for relaxation, and a canopy with shelves can be located around the perimeter, although there are other options.
It all depends on the funding and the design taste of the consumer, you can also keep in mind the English style – this is a classic, it has clear sustained characteristics. As a rule, this is a multifaceted roof, and a heating system is installed in the center, it can be a fireplace or barbecue, or just a heater. You can add some zest by adding your own ideas to the structure..
During construction, it must be borne in mind that you will have to get to the gazebo in winter, this can be somewhat problematic, so it is worth placing it closer to the house in order to avoid obstacles in the form of snowdrifts.
It is desirable that the structure is combined with the overall design of the site.
If the building is insulated, it can be used all year round: in the summer, opening the windows or removing them altogether, and in the winter, heating up the fireplace or making barbecue on the grill, you can simply install a heater. You should also take care of the heating system, do not forget about good ventilation..
When building insulated gazebos, a person does not need specialized knowledge, skills and experience, they can be built without any special problems, as well as add your own design elements.
It should be borne in mind that the insulated gazebo has its own principles of construction:
- is a closed building that needs less heating;
- the presence of a heater;
- the room should be equipped not only with a door, but also with windows – to ensure good air circulation;
- there is protection from adverse meteorological conditions;
- heat-resistant and moisture-resistant materials should be used;
- carry out specialized processing of these materials;
- when choosing and laying the foundation, you should also take into account the load from the future decoration, the size of the gazebo and its internal structure.
The winter gazebo can be heated in several ways..
The use of this kind of heating in a gazebo is usually limited to cooking barbecue, since the heat generated by the fire is not enough to provide heat to a large space. However, if you take care of good insulation of the room, then this option is acceptable..
One of the most practical, but also expensive, options is to equip a separate building with a furnace. She is not only able to maintain the required temperature in the room, but also allows you to cook something tasty for your guests and loved ones – this is the choice of practical hosts..
Such a decorative element as a fireplace will help to provide not only warmth, but also the design inside. You can buy a ready-made model or try to build it yourself, although this requires some dedication and skills. Or simplify your life by ordering an electric model.
This option, of course, is a less bright decorative element, as previously listed, however, this device will help to provide a sufficient level of heat in the room in a short time. One of the most preferable is an infrared heater, its rays are safe and their peculiarity is that they heat not the air in the room, but the object at which they are directed. Each consumer, at his discretion and financial capabilities, chooses a more acceptable way of heating the gazebo.
One of the most popular materials is wood. It is processed with specialized fluids that comply with fire safety and antiseptic standards. This is especially important if the room is heated by a stove, barbecue or fireplace. In addition to the use of liquids, it is necessary to remember to observe the distance to the heating element – the nearest object must be at least a quarter of a meter. Install the heating element on a metal plate.
A significant plus is that when choosing this kind of material, the foundation does not present any particular difficulties. In addition, the structure can be assembled in such a way that it is possible to move it around the site..
A more refined, but also more expensive material is brick. It is convenient in that the fire safety criteria are softer, however, a more complex foundation is already needed here..
A cheaper analogue, that is, an alternative to brick, is a building from aerated blocks – this is a truly functional material that creates a lighter structure. It can be installed on a simplified foundation. In addition, this option does not require significant financial costs..
Style, shapes and decor
For his own taste, the consumer, analyzing the appearance of the house and the landscape, can choose a certain style for building a gazebo. However, if family members cannot move on to one specific option, you can stop at the classic English style. It implies a fireplace in the center of the structure and is minimalist..
If the decision is in the direction of more interesting ideas, then you can consider the Moorish style. A gazebo made in this style will look more interesting. You can also divide the building into specific zones..
There is a Chinese style, it resembles a pagoda and is often made of valuable wood species, so making a gazebo in this style can entail a great financial burden..
Introverts or just people who are tired of the surrounding bustle may like the Japanese style.. This option implies isolation from the outside world, here even the glasses are made in stained-glass windows. In such gazebos, an atmosphere of solitude reigns..
The consumer’s spatial imagination can play a decisive role in choosing the shape of the building. It can be polyhedrons, which are an interesting and functional option for a gazebo, which inside looks like a large room with many obtuse corners – it is convenient to arrange decor elements or places to rest in them..
However, these can also be ordinary rectangular structures that are easier to reproduce and execute.. They are found more often just because they are easy to make on their own from the material preferred by the consumer. In this form, both summer and winter warm options are often performed, represented by a large room or smaller, but retaining comfort and simplicity, which also acquires a kind of charm.
When it comes to coziness, decoration is key. It is by introducing a kind of zest from himself that a person makes the room comfortable for himself, distinguishing this structure from all the others, even if outwardly and having some general style or form. Decorating can use completely different, sometimes even provocative, elements, but most often it is an extraordinary wall covering, some beautiful decorations and / or original representatives of the flora, which, in addition to beauty, also enrich the room with oxygen.
A separate point is the warming of the gazebo for the winter.. In addition to wall insulation, the ceiling and floor are often treated to retain heat. Also, to save heat, it is recommended to glaze the windows, however, it is not recommended to use double-glazed windows, since this is irrational and will only bring losses to the consumer’s wallet..
It is also necessary to take into account this fact that in summer, under suitable climatic conditions, it is necessary to carry out minimal repairs – everything must be in good condition..
To protect the gazebo from meteorological conditions, such as windy or rainy weather, moisture resistant material:
In terms of thermal insulation, polycarbonate can be compared with plastic, it withstands temperature extremes well, and also perfectly protects against rain. The lining can be used for cladding on both sides of the room, it is good as a heat-insulating material, as well as as a decoration and masking wall defects.
To protect against low temperatures, sheet insulation should be used:
- mineral wool;
- foam rubber;
- to eliminate cracks – construction foam.
Felt is a natural material, which is good, however, it can “cost a pretty penny”. Its cheap analogue is polystyrene, which will save heat, has a low weight, and, therefore, a small load on the foundation. The floor can be insulated with mineral wool – this material is environmentally friendly.
For protection from rain, a protective film is often used – it is a strong and durable material that is resistant to external factors, which will also help to maintain the appearance for many years.
An overview of the finished project of a winter gazebo, see below.