Protecting Your Belongings from Pests

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 18, 2014

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It's amazing how quickly a few pests can destroy a favorite piece of clothing, a collection of beloved books, or a piece of wooden furniture. Whether you store these belongings in the home, in the garage, or in your shed, there are some steps you can take to protect them from pests. Take a look at a few tips for keeping moths, roaches, silverfish, and other pests away from your belongings.

Keep Your Clothing Safe from Moths

Have you ever taken your favorite wool sweater out of the closet only to find several small holes in its fabric? This is likely the work of a brown clothes moth. Brown moths look for dark closets where they can find plenty of food and blend into the environment. If you think you may have a moth problem in your closet, take all of the clothing out and wipe down the walls as well as the clothing bar with an all-purpose cleaner. Also, thoroughly vacuum the floor of your closet to remove any moth larvae. Wash or dry-clean your clothing, and try storing it in garment bags that close in a secure way. Another way to keep the moths away is to hang small cedar blocks in the closet. The fragrance of cedar prevents a moth from detecting the smell of wool or cashmere fabric. Another option is to store sweaters and shirts in airtight plastic containers and put them on a shelf in the closet.

Protecting Your Books from Pests

If you store books in cardboard boxes in a garage or shed, there's a chance that the books can be damaged by pests. Roaches, silverfish, and beetles are three types of insects that can damage books in various ways. Roaches crawling on a book can leave fecal matter in the form of brown stains that can't be cleaned off. Silverfish chew on the cloth covers of books as well as the edges of pages. Beetles are able to drill holes in books, damaging a book's edges or spine. Books need to be stored in a clean, dry, and cool environment. Instead of putting your books in cardboard boxes, try storing them in airtight plastic bins with lids. If you store all of your books on a bookshelf inside your home, be sure to take the books down and vacuum them thoroughly. Also, flip through the pages to look for little intruders. A dusty bookshelf is an inviting place where pests can hide and damage your books. I recommend that you vacuum the books as well as the shelf every week if you want to keep your beloved classics in good condition. There are also ways to get rid of silverfish and other pests with the help of traps and chemical solutions.

Keep Carpenter Ants Away from Your Furniture

The legs as well as the wooden frame of a sofa and other pieces of furniture are vulnerable to carpenter ants. These pests bore holes into wooden furniture to make nests. This can weaken the frame of a sofa or chair, resulting in permanent damage. One way to protect your furniture is to mix two teaspoons of peppermint oil with one cup of water. Spray this solution around the border of your sofa, easy chair, table, etc. The scent of peppermint oil repels ants. Regularly vacuuming beneath the cushions on the sofa is an effective way of removing crumbs and other stray pieces of food that attract carpenter ants.

I hope these tips are helpful in keeping the pests away. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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5 Famous Movie and TV Homes

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 18, 2014

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If you're a fan of television shows and movies, there are certain houses that are immediately recognizable. For example, if you were a loyal viewer of the TV show The Waltons, you're familiar with the family home featured in every episode. Have you ever wondered about the story behind the houses pictured in your favorite TV shows and movies? I thought I'd use this week's blog entry to check out the backstory on five houses that may bring up a few pleasant memories for you. Enjoy!

Five Famous Homes in Television and Movies

  1. The House in Leave It to Beaver: If you love to watch reruns of Leave It to Beaver, you recognize the Cleaver family's home the moment it appears on screen. The television show ran from 1957 to 1963. The house was located on the Universal City lot where the show was filmed. Before it was home to the Cleaver family, this house was featured in a 1955 film called The Desperate Hours starring Humphrey Bogart. Its design was changed and the house was later used in the TV show Marcus Welby, M.D. Today, the façade of the Cleaver house is all that remains on a backlot at Universal Studios.
  2. Downton Abbey: If the names Lady Mary, Mr. Carson, and the Earl of Grantham ring a bell, then you're probably a fan of the TV show Downton Abbey. Many exterior and interior scenes of this popular show are filmed in a real castle. Highclere Castle has 300-plus rooms and sits on a thousand acres in Berkshire, England. Interestingly, this castle was built by Charles Barry, who also built the Houses of Parliament. I wonder how long it takes to vacuum and dust more than 300 rooms?
  3. The Glass House in Ferris Bueller's Day Off: If you were around in the 1980s, you probably remember the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Remember when the red Ferrari belonging to Cameron's father crashed through a wall of his glass garage? The garage and the actual residence are made of steel and glass. The house was recently sold for well more than a million dollars. As a note, the glass wall that was smashed in the movie was specially made for the scene. And thankfully, the red Ferrari that crashed through the wall was a replica.
  4. The Brady Bunch House: Episodes of the popular show The Brady Bunch were filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California. The exterior of the house that appears on the show is in North Hollywood. The show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz, chose the house because it looked like a house that an architect (like Mr. Brady) would want to live in. In order to give the impression that the house has two levels, a false window was added to the A-frame portion of the structure. Some changes have been made to the house over the years, but it still stands on Dilling Street in North Hollywood.
  5. The House on The Waltons: Viewers who watched The Waltons saw a two-story wooden house with an inviting front porch in every episode. However, it was not an actual house but a façade built on a lot belonging to Warner Brothers Studios. After the series ended in 1981, the façade of the Waltons' home was destroyed. However, it was rebuilt for reunion shows and even appeared in a different form in the TV series The Gilmore Girls.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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5 of the Strangest Garage Conversions

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

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What image comes to mind when you picture a garage? Most people think of a garage as a place to store items both large and small. Consider some of the items found in a typical garage: You may think of things like a car, a lawn mower, a collection of tools, garbage cans, and bicycles, along with a couple of bottles of motor oil. Those are all reasonable answers. While most people think of their garage as a convenient storage place, others look at their garage in a whole different way. They may see their garage as a place to enjoy a favorite hobby or as extra living space. For my blog this week, I thought I'd take a look inside a few non-typical garages. Enjoy!

Five Strange Garage Conversions

  1. Garage Turned Bowling Alley: Imagine getting a perfect strike in your own garage. This owner converted his garage into a one-lane bowling alley while leaving some extra space to store some necessary items. With overhead lighting, he can enjoy ten frames at any time of the night or day.
  2. A Mini-Home: What started out as a simple structure has become a small dream home for this garage owner. She added onto a small garage, creating a kitchen, a loft bedroom, a bathroom, and a sitting room. This converted garage even has an inviting fireplace. By the way, if you own a great fireplace like this one, I recommend that you always have hot chocolate available for unexpected visitors. Unique artwork, stylish furnishings, and an airy atmosphere all serve to make this former garage a comfortable space to live.
  3. A Garage for a Skateboarding Enthusiast: There's no room for cars here! This converted garage features a wooden skateboard ramp that extends across the floor. It's perfect for practicing skateboarding moves at any time of the day, rain or shine. There is space left over for storing skateboards and safety equipment.
  4. A Garage Becomes a Gymnasium: Take a look at a garage that is a paradise for someone who loves to work up a sweat. This owner can do some tumbling on the mats, swing on the rings, or even climb on the monkey bars. Plus, the hardwood floor makes it the perfect place for a game of basketball. The large windows make it a pleasant environment for a round of exercise.
  5. A Garage Featuring an Indoor Ice Rink: This owner is only steps away from a private ice rink set up in the garage. A sheet of ice makes it easy to lace up a pair of skates and take advantage of some daily ice hockey or figure-skating practice. Kids and adults can enjoy ice-skating during any season of the year.

Today, an owner has lots of options when it comes to the purpose of their garage. These five owners have proven that there's no limit to the creative and practical uses for a garage. I hope this inspires you to think about your garage in a whole new way. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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It's Fall...Time To Store The Summer Tools

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Oct 1, 2014

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'Packing Away Your Summer Items'

As the leaves on the trees begin to change color, it's a sign that fall is on the way. It's also a reminder that the swimming pool toys, gardening tools and other items used in the summertime need to be put into storage. I recommend that when you start to pack these items away in the garage, you do it in a way that keeps them in good condition. Also, make sure they're easy to find when summer comes around again. Take a look at a few easy storage ideas.

Ways to Store Summer Tools and More

An Extra Trash Can for Sports Equipment

If you have a large garbage can that you don't need for trash, use it to store baseball bats, tennis rackets and field hockey sticks. Storing them in a garbage can helps to keep them dry and prevents them from getting underfoot. Once the garbage can is full, slide it into one corner of the garage so it will be out of the way.

A Net Bag for Basketballs and More

Baseballs, softballs and basketballs can go into a net bag for the fall and winter. These bags close in a secure way preventing any balls from rolling out onto the garage floor. Also, you can store the bag by hanging it up on a large hook on a garage wall. When the warm weather returns, you can take the entire bag down from the wall and spray the bag to remove dirt from the balls.

A Storage Cabinet for Garden Tools and Accessories

Today, there are several types of plastic storage cabinets available. Depending on how many tools you have, you can go with one that has three drawers or opt for one with several drawers. A plastic storage cabinet is an ideal place to store small gardening tools and accessories. Gardening forks, spades, gloves, seed packets and clay pots are just a few of the items that can be put into this cabinet. A cabinet like this will protect small tools from damage and keeps mice away from your gardening gloves.

Pool Toys in Plastic Containers

If you have a few plastic tubs with lids, I suggest you use them to house your pool toys. Distribute deflated inner tubes, swimmies and rafts into a couple of the tubs. Another tub can be a home for swim goggles, swim fins, snorkels, etc. If you have storage space above the garage door, this is the perfect place for these lightweight tubs.

Putting Away the Garden Hose

Finally, it's important to unhook a garden hose from an outdoor spigot so it won't freeze and break. There are a few ways to store a garden hose in a garage. For instance, you can put a coiled hose into an old metal washtub. Or, you can create your own storage method by attaching a bucket to the wall of your garage and hanging your coiled hose on it. Some people even put their garden hose in a decorative clay pot with a lid. Any of these storage ideas will keep your garden hose in good condition over the winter.

Thanks for reading!-Alan

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7 Regular Maintenance Tips for Your Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Sep 29, 2014

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You probably conduct regular maintenance checks on your house, but how about your garage? Whether you have a workshop in the garage or simply park your car there, it's a good idea to do a simple maintenance check on a regular basis. Take a look at seven easy maintenance tips that will help keep your garage in shipshape.

Seven Regular Maintenance Tips for Your Garage

  1. Check the Weather-Stripping on Your Doors: Over time, the weather-stripping at the base of your big garage door can become cracked and damaged. It's a good idea to check the condition of your weather-stripping so you can replace it if necessary. Also, check the weather-stripping around the edges of your side garage door. This will help you to keep the cold winds out of your garage, making it a more comfortable place to be.
  2. Check the Floor for Oil Stains: Chances are good that if your car leaks oil, you have some stains on your garage floor. It's best if you clean them before they start to spread over the floor. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to remove oil stains from a garage floor. If you have a cat, I suggest you go with the option that uses kitty litter to absorb the oil. It's nice to know that a big bag of kitty litter can serve more than one purpose!
  3. Examine the Condition of the Exterior and Interior Walls: This is an especially important maintenance tip if you have a wooden garage. By examining the walls of your garage on a regular basis, you can spot signs of damage or mildew right away. If you're aware of the problem, you can take quick action to keep it from getting worse.
  4. Look for Signs of an Insect Infestation: Small piles of sawdust, holes at the base of the garage walls, and insect droppings are all signs that you may have an infestation of insects in your wooden garage. Once again, it's best to catch this problem right away so you can contact an exterminator or take other action before boring insects start to degrade the condition of your garage walls. If you have a vinyl garage, check for traces of rodents and insect nests in the corners of your structure.
  5. Check the Condition of Your Garage Doors: Make it part of your regular maintenance routine to examine the condition of your main garage doors. They should be traveling on the rails in an even way and sit flush on the floor. If you see any issues with the operation of your garage door, it's best to call a professional technician for help.
  6. Look for Signs of Moisture in the Garage: Take a walk around the interior of your garage to inspect the base of the walls. Check the floor for any standing water or water stains. I recommend that you move boxes and containers away from the wall so you have a clear view of any leaks. If any water is present, try to locate the source of the leak. It may be a matter of applying some caulk or waterproof foam to fix the problem.
  7. Check for Branches and Other Debris Around Your Garage: Branches, leaves and other wooden debris around the sides of a garage are an open invitation to boring insects and rodents. They can build homes in the debris and start to do damage to your structure. It's a good idea to check for this type of debris on a regular basis so you can move it to another area before it accumulates.

Remember, performing regular maintenance checks on your garage can help you to keep the structure in great condition. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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Signs It's Time for a New Storage Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

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Next time you open the door of your storage shed, take a moment to look around its interior. Also, walk around the outside of the structure and examine its walls. Some signs of wear and tear on a shed are obvious, while others are not so easy to see. Here are a few signs to look for when determining whether or not you need a new shed.

Insect Infestation

As far as insects go, maybe you've seen a spider or two in the corners of your shed. A few spiders are no problem. But one of the worst things about having an insect infestation in your shed is that you may not know it until they've done a lot of damage. Boring beetles, termites, and carpenter ants are just a few examples of the creatures that like to take up residence inside the walls of a wooden storage shed. I recommend that you look for small piles of sawdust in the corners of your shed. Carpenter ants leave these piles behind as they bore into the walls. Boring insects also make rows of tiny holes near the base of a shed's walls. Of course, insects also leave droppings behind, but this material can be hard to see. It may take a bug inspector to determine how much damage insects have done to the walls of your shed. When insects tunnel through many of the boards of your shed, it weakens the overall structure. If this happens, it's time to get a new shed.

Rotting Wood

Rotting wood caused by an excessive amount of moisture is much easier to spot than an invasion of boring insects. If the boards of your shed have become discolored with a greenish tinge or have an odor of mildew, then they are rotting. Boards that are rotting also tend to shrink. Splits in the middle of your boards are indications that the wood is rotting. It's one thing if you have a couple of rotting boards that need to be replaced, but several rotting boards can affect the stability of the structure. Starting over with a new structure means that you can take the necessary steps to protect your shed by applying a coat or two of stain to the wood.

A Leaning Shed

It doesn't take long to notice that a shed is leaning to one side or the other. This usually means that the foundation of the shed is experiencing problems. Some storage sheds have concrete foundations that crack or leak as they age. This type of wear and tear causes the entire structure to become unstable. When a storage shed is leaning, it's not safe to continue to use it. With a new shed, you can make sure that you start out with a firm foundation that will give your structure the proper amount of support. Some owners put down a concrete foundation for their shed, while others opt for a foundation of crushed stone surrounded by a wooden frame. Either way, a sturdy foundation will keep a shed in its proper position.

Hope these tips help you to make your final decision. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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For More than Protecting Your Car - Creative Uses For Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

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Next time you park your car under your carport, take a few moments to look around at the space. Has it ever occurred to you that your carport would be a great place to throw a party? Just think: It's an outdoor area that provides shade and plenty of space for tables, chairs, and, of course, refreshments. Take a look at just a few of the fun gatherings that you could host in your very own carport.

A Kid's Birthday Party

A carport is the ideal place to host a birthday party for your kid. Why? Well, if your young guests spill any juice, food, or birthday cake on the ground, it's very easy to clean up! You may want to set up a large folding table at one end of the carport for all of your snacks and drinks. A smaller table can serve as a place for the gifts. Make a trip to the store for some balloons, colorful streamers, and tablecloths to decorate the area. I suggest that you put a few small tables and several chairs under the carport for parents who accompany their kids to the party. Most likely, the kids will spend their time running around your yard while you and the other parents chat in the pleasant shade of your carport.

A Family Picnic

Invite your relatives over to enjoy a summer afternoon under your carport! One idea is to put up a long folding table to act as a buffet. Buns, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, soda and other favorites can go onto your buffet table. Park your grill several feet away from the carport so your guests can pick up their hotdogs and hamburgers and proceed through the buffet line. Your family members can sit in lawn chairs in the yard and visit. Later on, if they want a little more shade, they can move their chairs into the carport. One of the best things about this arrangement is that if raindrops begin to fall, your guests have a place to take shelter until the clouds move away.

A Wedding Shower

A carport is a great place to host a spring or summer wedding shower for a friend. You can arrange folding chairs in a circle for all of the guests. Plus, you can set the gifts, cake and refreshments on a table on one side of the carport. This is the perfect space for playing simple wedding shower games and opening gifts. Guests can chat with friends and eat cake as a gentle breeze flows throughout the carport. Along with white tablecloths and balloons, you can decorate the refreshment table with the bride-to-be's favorite flowers in an attractive vase. Also, find a battery-powered CD player so you can play some party music in the background. Kids who attend the wedding shower with their mothers can play in the yard while the ladies enjoy one another's company under the carport.

Finally, the biggest benefit of hosting a party under your carport is that you don't have to vacuum the rugs after your guests leave! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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7 Examples of Beautiful DIY Wedding Pergolas

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

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An outdoor wedding is all the more beautiful when the ceremony takes place under a pergola. If you're responsible for decorating a pergola for a wedding, you may be looking for some ideas. Fortunately, this week's blog is all about that very subject! Consider these seven suggestions that will help your pergola to look its best on the big day.

Seven Examples of Beautiful DIY Wedding Pergolas

  1. Wedding by Candlelight: Create a memorable setting for a wedding ceremony by draping long pieces of white tulle across the outer edges of your pergola. Also, wind lengthy pieces of tulle around each of the support columns of the structure. Use white ribbon to secure the lightweight fabric to each column. Next, use wire to suspend six or seven white lanterns from the top of the pergola. Remember to hang them high enough so that people can walk beneath them. Put a white candle in each of the lanterns and light them just before the ceremony begins. The soft glow of these lanterns combined with the gauzy fabric creates a peaceful atmosphere for a wedding ceremony.
  2. A Flowery Pergola: You can transform your pergola for an upcoming wedding with the help of just a few simple materials. Cloak your pergola in white billowy fabric and decorate its main beams with bunches of hydrangeas, eucalyptus, pink gomphrena, and tillandsia. These delicate blooms contribute to the romantic look of your pergola. By the time you finish your intricate work, you won't recognize your own pergola!
  3. A Ceremony with Autumn Flavor: If you're decorating a pergola for a fall wedding, try suspending several small wreaths from the cross beams. Choose wreaths that are made with fall leaves featuring brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. Also, place pumpkins of different sizes at the base of each support column. Corn stalks arranged around the columns also add another fall-like touch to the picture.
  4. A Gathering of Chinese Lanterns: A simple way to create the perfect wedding décor for your pergola is to hang Chinese lanterns from the crossbeams of the structure. You can choose Chinese lanterns of different colors and sizes to add more interest to the scene. Or you might prefer to stick with one color for all of the lanterns. Either way, a pergola full of glowing Chinese lanterns makes a wedding ceremony and reception all the more special.
  5. Roses and White Lights: This idea is simple but is sure to leave an impression on your wedding guests. Get several strings of white lights and wrap them around the top and columns of your pergola. I recommend you look through your boxes of Christmas lights: You may find you already have some white lights you can use. Next, make some rose flower balls and suspend them from the main beams of your pergola.
  6. Ivy Vines and Flowers: Get some friends together to help you drape dozens of silk sage ivy vines over the crossbeams of your pergola. Also, twist the vines around the support columns. You can purchase artificial ivy vines at a craft store. In addition to the vines, gather several bunches of your wedding flowers and secure them to each of the columns with long white ribbon.
  7. Sparkling Curtains: If you want some especially unique decorations for your pergola wedding, try some beaded curtains. These curtains are made of various types of glass beads. Purple butterflies, blue raindrops, white pearls, and pink hearts are just a few examples of the colors and shapes that are available. You may need to put a few hooks into the top of your pergola to hang the curtains. There are also hooks that may fit over the top of a main beam. These glass beads reflect sunlight as they move in a soft breeze, creating a lovely atmosphere for a wedding ceremony.

Good luck with your do-it-yourself decorating projects! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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How To Convert A Garage Into A Home Office

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

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Have you ever imagined your garage as a home office? If you have bicycles, old furniture, sports equipment, and trash cans along with stacks of boxes in your garage, it may be hard to picture it as anything besides a convenient storage space. But hiding beneath all of those boxes and other items, you may have the perfect space for a home office. Consider how you can convert your traditional garage into a pleasant home office.

Clear Away the Clutter

One of the first steps of converting your garage into a home office is to get rid of the boxes, old furniture, and other clutter there. You may want to donate your old furniture to a charitable organization or throw it out if it's in bad shape. Of course, there are some things that can't be thrown out, such as trash cans and boxes of valuable items. You can either create a small corner in the garage for those things or put them in a storage shed. (By the way, I have some quality storage sheds if you want more storage options at home.) The goal is to end up with a reasonable amount of space for your home office.

Set Up the Right Lighting

Lots of natural light is ideal for a home office. If you have a big window in your garage, be sure to put your desk near it so you can enjoy all of that sunlight. If you don't have enough natural light, add a floor lamp or several table lamps to the space. You may be surprised at how much light you can create by putting a floor lamp in one corner of your home office. A desk lamp is also useful if you want to make sure you have enough light to work as you sit at your desk.

Choose Furniture That Suits the Space

I recommend that you assess the size of your garage, then choose a desk and other furniture for your home office. This helps you to avoid getting furniture that is too big for the space. The type of furniture you get depends on your needs and the atmosphere you want to establish. Maybe you want to be able to take a break from your desk and sit in a comfortable easy chair. Or you may want to have separate tables for your fax machine and printer so there is plenty of space on your desk or worktable. A small refrigerator may be something you want to put into your home office so you'll have enough snacks and refreshments to keep your energy up during work hours!

Put Your Personal Stamp on the Space

Plants, a rug, curtains, pictures, and bookshelves are just a few examples of items that help you put your stamp on the unique decor of your home office. If you have a favorite print, hang it up on the wall of your home office. Or put some colorful flowers in pots on a window ledge. I think you'll be surprised at just how much a few personal details can jazz up the atmosphere of your office. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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6 Well Known Historical Gazebos

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Aug 10, 2014

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Look at the history of gazebos and you'll find these structures in all shapes and sizes. Marble, cast iron, wood, and steel are examples of materials used to construct gazebos throughout the centuries. Some gazebos have a plain design but provide dependable shelter for a variety of outdoor gatherings. Other gazebos are strictly decorative, featuring a design with lots of intricate details that can't help but earn a person's admiration. Check out six historic or famous gazebos and get a taste of the imaginative designs of these outdoor structures through the centuries.

Six Historical Gazebos

  1. The Gazebo in The Sound of Music Movie: This gazebo, seen in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, is now in the palace park gardens at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria. The white exterior of this gazebo along with its glass walls and circular arrangement of benches served to make it a romantic setting for a famous scene featuring Rolfe and Liesl. However, the famous dance scene had to be done in a replica gazebo on a sound stage in California: The real gazebo was too small for the elaborate dance number. I can't think of a better setting for that dance scene: Can you?
  2. A Gazebo of Cast Iron. A 19th century gazebo sits next to the Bay of Naples in Italy. It is made of glass and cast iron. In addition, near the ceiling of the structure, there are flowers and other shapes designed in stained glass.
  3. A Pre-Civil War Gazebo. This gazebo was built in the pre-Civil War days for the practical purpose of sheltering a natural spring. It is located in Mineral Spring Park in Williamston, South Carolina. This gazebo sits across the street from the original site of Williamston Girls College, founded in 1872. It has a traditional design with the exception of an opening in its floor for the mineral spring. Students of the college enjoyed picnicking and socializing in the cool shade of this 23-foot-tall structure.
  4. The Seville Gazebo. This wooden gazebo is located in historic Seville Square in Pensacola, Florida. Spanish explorers settled in this area in about 1559. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to the efforts of a group of preservationists in the 1960s. Today, visitors enjoy picnicking and hosting celebrations in this historic gazebo.
  5. An Italian-Style Gazebo. This gazebo stands in the Italian Garden area within Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York. It has a unique roof that features grapevine-style designs fashioned in cast iron. The Italian Garden was established in 1903. This gazebo is one of the most memorable structures in Sonnenberg Gardens.
  6. A Classic Roman Gazebo. Centuries ago, Romans relaxed in their gazebos just as people do today. The basic design includes a tremendous dome roof and thick pillars made of marble. They were built in private gardens and considered symbols of a family's wealth. Beautiful flowers were grown all around these beautiful gazebos in celebration of life.

I hope you enjoyed our tour of historic gazebos! - Alan

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