Outdoor Pavilion Ideas: Styles, Uses, & Designs

Jordan Slabaugh - January 18, 2023

Are you interested in investing in a new pavilion but just don’t know where to start? It only takes a quick google search, and you will discover that finding your perfect backyard pavilion can be a daunting task. That is why we’ve created this outdoor pavilion ideas guide to make choosing your pavilion design as easy as possible. 

Are you looking for a regal and rustic timber framed pavilion or the more modern and sleek vinyl pavilion? Have you wondered whether you should add a kitchen and TV or just keep it simple with a pavilion by your pool? Whether you have a large or small backyard, these outdoor pavilion ideas can help you make your decision easier. 

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Outdoor Pavilion Ideas: Uses

Deciding what your pavilion will be used for is the first step in your backyard structure journey. The list is almost endless, and while that can be overwhelming, it is what makes an outdoor pavilion such an attractive addition to your landscape. Here is a list of some of the many ways you can utilize your outdoor pavilion. 

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Outdoor Pavilion Ideas: Types & Styles

Once you decided how you plan to use your outdoor pavilion, you will want to find the ideal style to match that usage. The primary three styles or types of pavilions are: 

Are you looking for some specific styles of outdoor pavilions? Below you’ll find some popular outdoor pavilion ideas and designs.

Backyard Wood Pavilions

The Lakefront Wooden Pavilion

When you are looking for a straightforward pavilion that will last for years, the Lakefront Pavilion is a perfect choice. Built with traditional southern pine lumber with the option of shingles or a metal roof. 

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The Cheyenne Wooden Pavilion

For a more elegant wood pavilion, choose the Cheyenne Pavilion with increased post dimensions and a larger roof overhang. These design upgrades give you a more elegant and higher-class structure. 

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Vinyl Outdoor Pavilions

The Shoreline Vinyl Pavilion

For a cost-effective yet clean and beautiful look, the Shoreline vinyl pavilion is a great place to start. The clean lines and modern vibe of the vinyl-wrapped posts and structure is the perfect addition to your home and backyard. Choose between the standard 6×6 columns or upgrade to the larger 8×8 square or even the 10” tapered round column. 

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The Monford Vinyl Pavilion

The Montford vinyl pavilion provides you with an upgraded structure. From the steep roof pitch, the large roof overhang, and curved post bracing, this pavilion provides an elegant and dignified backyard centerpiece. With design also allows for larger post-to-post spans which gives the pavilion an airy feel. 

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The Caribbean Vinyl Pavilion

For a regal and bold backyard centerpiece, check out the Caribbean vinyl pavilion. This pavilion features large columns with traditional post braces. The Caribbean is the perfect poolside pavilion. Finish out this pavilion with a vinyl ceiling, electricity, and an outdoor fireplace, and you’ve just created a stunning outdoor retreat area. 

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Timber Frame Pavilions

The Kingston Timber Frame Pavilion

Designed and built with the iconic king post timber frame design, the Kingston timber frame pavilion has that bold and majestic profile. Built with quality #1 Douglas-fir timbers and completed with your choice of asphalt shingles or metal roofing. This beautiful pavilion is ideal for large gatherings or a wedding venue. 

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The Denali Timber Frame Pavilion

To add a unique design to your outdoor space, the Denali timber frame pavilion is the perfect choice. Designed with the distinctive hammerbeam split-truss design this pavilion is truly a work of art. Pair it with an outdoor kitchen and you’ll have a backyard that will last for years. 

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The Grand Teton Timber Frame Pavilion

For a truly magnificent pavilion, you need to consider this Grand Teton timber frame pavilion. With a stately truss system that incorporates an arched rib that is held together with stunning black strapping. Whether by your pool, or the centerpiece of your backyard, this pavilion will be the center of your outdoor entertainment.  

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Outdoor Pavilion Ideas: Sizes

Some of the more popular outdoor pavilion sizes include:

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Outdoor Pavilion Design Ideas

Once you’ve chosen the size and style of your preferred outdoor pavilion, the fun really begins. The design elements that you include will make this pavilion your own. From adding electricity, to including a full outdoor kitchen, the customizations are really what make your outdoor space feel like home. 

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Outdoor Pavilion Ideas: Conclusion

With so many options to choose from, having lots of outdoor pavilion ideas to look through can be really helpful. But it ultimately comes down to what is the best fit for you and your situation and meets the needs for the way you want to use your pavilion. 

At Lancaster County Backyard, we pride ourselves on providing top-of-the-line outdoor pavilions and other structures. Contact us if you have any questions or request a free quote for your outdoor pavilion today. 

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