Outdoor spaces have many types of architectural additions that can contribute to their beauty, elegance, and usefulness. Knowing the differences in these structures ensures that you have the right expectations about the finished product. For instance, when thinking about adding an Italian pavilion to your backyard, you should understand what sets this feature apart from a gazebo and consider the rest of the space when doing the upgrade.

What Is an Italian Pavilion? How Does It Differ from a Gazebo?

An Italian pavilion is an open, often four-sided, structure that has a roof and supports at the corners. The word pavilion comes from the Latin for both tent and butterfly. Originally, these outdoor tents opened to resemble a butterfly’s wings. Most of these structures don’t include a floor beneath them. Italian pavilions have roofs that harken back to Mediterranean architecture with curved tiles and sturdy structures, as seen in this European-inspired yard.

Gazebos also have a solid roof and may vary in their shape and generally hold the same or similar width X depth dimension.outdoor features. Gazebos were primarily used as a shade structure, often without flooring and short railing defining it’s area. 

What to Consider When Adding an Italian Pavilion to Your Backyard

When integrating a pavilion into your backyard, you cannot simply drop the structure into an empty lot. You must consider the space available and the function that will also make up the yard. Many people in Southern California, choose Mediterranean plants, such as Italian cypress, to complement the style of their pavilions.

Plants, however, are not something that you can simply choose based on their appearance. They must be able to grow in your area. Otherwise, the climate will kill them before they can contribute to the appearance of the yard. A professional landscape architect can help you to find plants that grow well and look good for your yard.

Make a Pavilion Part of a Whole Backyard Upgrade

Often, pavilions are used as coverings for outdoor lounge or kitchen areas. What do you want to do with the space under your pavilion? Let your landscape architect know how you want to use your backyard to give them ideas for placement of the Italian pavilion, plantings, and other structures in the backyard.

Consult with Mark Scott Associates for Landscape Architecture Experts Who Specialize in Luxurious Additions to Backyards

Upgrade to a backyard with a European-inspired elegance and style. Contact Mark Scott Associates in Los Angeles or Orange County to get advice and professional planning for your yard, including how to best incorporate an Italian pavilion into the space.