Until recently, lovers of modern architecture looking to add extra outdoor space had little available, but now there are a range of structures on the market, from gazebos to whole rooms, with clean contemporary lines.
From DWR comes Kithaus, a 9′x13′ prefabricated space that can be used as a cabana, an extra living room or an office. The base model starts at $29,500 or comes complete with decks, canopies and louvers for $44,950. Lightweight anodized aluminum means self-assembly should be a relative snap, taking a couple of people three days or so to erect. You can even buy a package of office furniture that is designed to fit right into the Kithaus, and solar panels to make it ecologically-friendly.
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Modern furniture designer Richard Schultz has a simple self-assembly garden gazebo that will provide a shady retreat on a hot summer’s day. Stainless steel columns and beams support vinyl mesh curtains that come in a variety of colors. You can outfit your Pavilion with seating from Richard Schultz Designs, from his iconic Petal table or the 1966 collection he designed for Knoll, to the latest Swell collection. Prices reflect the fact that each piece is handcrafted in Pennsylvania.
If you are lucky enough to have a pool, or a killer waterview from your backyard, Honeymoon, a French company, is offering a luxury Gazebo where you and your guests can lounge in comfort. The Early Bird is the most contemporary of the four models offered; a combination of teak and stainless steel under a canvas roof, measuring approximately 15′x15′. Priced at 38,800 euros, approximately $60,000, it’s certainly a luxe product. And if you need walls as well as a roof, you’ll have to wait until later in 2008 when the company plans to add a Bungalow to its range.
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Of course, even if you have the available funds for your cabana or outdoor office, you still have to find somewhere on your property to erect that extra room.