Column: Pool gazebo adds functionality, rustic features


ORIGINAL POOL DECK: This home, located in the Claybridge subdivision in West Carmel, included a wooden deck connected to the pool area. The homeowners were constantly battling the intense sun and heat throughout the day and into the evening. This lack of backyard shade led to the homeowners to add a new gazebo structure with a rustic design and prominent view of the pool and scenic lake.

STRUCTURAL DESIGN: Set on a new concrete pier foundation, the 330 square foot gazebo structure features a rustic design. Once the foundation work was complete, 6-by-6 decorative cedar columns were installed to support the roof. Rough sawn cedar trusses with black painted steel gusset plates were installed to provide additional structural support while also adding to the desired look.

FIREPLACE DETAILS: The stately fireplace was designed with functionality in mind. Real stone veneer in a “Chestnut Ashlar” color was installed over the concrete masonry unit fireplace. The interior fireplace wall features a 6-inch recess for the TV, two firewood storage areas and two weatherproof cabinets for lighting and media equipment. A gas line and valve was installed for the fireplace gas start system.

EXTERIOR FINISH & LIGHTING: A green metal roof with matching gutters and downspouts was installed. A finish coat of stain was applied to the columns, siding, cedar trim and bead board ceiling to complete the final look. In order to provide adequate lighting for evening entertainment, six well lights were installed around the perimeter of each cedar column. A ceiling fan/light in a bronze finish also was installed on a dimmable switch.

FINAL RESULT: All design elements came together to create the perfect poolside retreat with year-round appeal. When it’s too chilly to relax in the shade after a dip in the pool, the homeowners and their family and friends like to gather around the cozy fireplace for s’mores and football on the outdoor TV.

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