Gazebos and Pergolas: Outdoor Living Projects

At Custom Built we specialize in all home improvement projects to enhance your outdoor living space. We can build and design all types of gazebos, pergolas, 3-season rooms, screened-in porches, outdoor kitchens, and other outdoor living structures.  Gazebos and pergolas provide the perfect outdoor retreat for homeowners to stay cool during warm summer months.

For added comfort, we can add a variety of additional features to your gazebo building project such as built-in benches and outdoor fans. We will help you design your gazebo so that it best suits your needs and asthetic tastes, from intricate railing to roofing that matches your home’s current design.

As an experienced deck builder, Custom Built is known for using the highest quality craftsmanship and building materials when addressing the outdoor living projects brought to us by homeowners throughout Mid-Michigan. Whatever your home remodeling plans are, you can rely on our experts to help you make the most of your investment.


  • Gazebos
  • Pergolas
  • Arbors
  • Trellis
  • Sheds
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Fire Pits
  • Patios

When designing a new deck and making the necessary landscaping changes to your yard, you may also want to consider adding an outdoor structure at the same time. Among the most popular are pergolas, gazebos and sunrooms.

Although most of our modern-day outdoor structures date back centuries they are more popular than ever because of their simplicity and effectiveness. Deciding which one is right for you takes a little consideration.


Gazebos are also intended to provide shade and a sense of place, however, they do so with an actual shingled roof, rather than a slatted, trellis ceiling like pergolas. In the U.S., gazebos invoke memories of brass bands, ice cream socials and Independence Day, and they are as popular as ever in parks all over the country. In your own yard, a gazebo can be a wonderful place to dine, gather with family and friends, or spend time alone.

A gazebo can house a dining table and chairs, a lounge chair or two, or even an artist’s easel. In fact, many of the ideas for pergola use would be perfect for a gazebo too.

Gazebos Lansing

Gazebos Lansing
Gazebos Lansing

Most gazebos are built to be permanent structures, although tent-like gazebos are available that can be taken down for winter. Speaking of winter, a gazebo near a frozen pond or lake would provide the perfect shelter for serving hot chocolate to ice skaters and others enjoying a day (literally) on the water.

Where pergolas are traditionally arched, square or rectangular, gazebos are round, often octagonal, and may have decorative aspects that match that of the home and/or deck. Others strike a style of their own such as a rustic log cabin, tranquil Japanese garden, elegant Victorian, and more. To really maximize a gazebo, have it built with windows, screens and a door to create a quaint and quiet three-season room, set apart from the bustle of everyday life.


When your goal is to create shade on your deck or patio, two choices come immediately to the forefront: pergolas and gazebos. Pergolas have been recorded in use as far back as 1400 B.C. in Egypt. For centuries pergolas were essentially open-air archways covered with climbing plants that served both aesthetic and practical purposes. Today pergolas are often found plant free but still providing shade during the hot summer months, and they remain beautiful in design and offer many architectural options. In truth, modern pergola designs are both original and may mimic structures from places like English and Asian gardens.

Pergolas today have so many uses, they are almost always a great addition to any deck or yard in a variety of places.

Here are a few that might work for you:

  • Over and around a hot tub, a pergola lends not only a sense of space, but privacy as well.
  • On a deck or patio, a pergola can provide shade, privacy and help to define an area. For example, a pergola positioned near the cooking/grill area would be the perfect setting for dining. Or a pergola in a quiet corner area away from entrances and exits could be transformed into a wonderful reading nook or space to concentrate on your chess game.
  • In a garden, a pergola can help to create an alternative place where flowers, trees, bushes, and other plants combine with the open structure to provide a peaceful place to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Near a pool, a pergola can provide the perfect shelter for swimmers to get out of the sun and avoid a burn. Everyone loves to sit poolside, so a well-placed pergola allows the best of both worlds.
  • For large open spaces, a pergola can be a focal point and something around which to build a patio, add a fireplace or fire pit and create a “camping-out” feeling — without leaving your own backyard.

Like decks, pergolas can be built with wood or using composite materials like Trex®, and are common additions to decks where space permits. Even the most nondescript area of a yard can turn from nothing to something with a pergola, so let your imagination go!

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