16 x 20 Traditional wood pavilion on a stone brick patio.

The Essential Guide to the Pavilion

What comes to mind when I say Pavilion? Most often people think of the local county park but there is more to a Pavilion. Here is The Essential Guide to the Pavilion, a few facts about the Pavilion and what would suit your design taste.

Basic History of the Pavilion

Pavilion, in architecture terminology, refers to a subsidiary building that is either positioned separately or as an attachment to the main building. Pavilions may be small garden buildings or rooms on the roof of a large house (often used in the 18th century). Used commonly for recreation and relaxation. Some were even used as a banqueting house. Now, Pavilions have a wide range of use, such as county parks, baseball parks, and next to swimming pools, and now showing up in backyards.

Which pavilion would work in my backyard?

That depends on your style. Do you like more traditional or modern pieces, like furniture? What style is your house? Those questions can help you determine which of the pavilions described below is best suited for your style.

Traditional Pavilion

Traditional Pavilion

Hampton Pavilion

Hampton Pavilion with Cupola


Hampton and Traditional Pavilions:

These two pavilions are similar in look but are different. Check out our blog on the 5 Differences Between the Hampton and Traditional Pavilion. Both lend a classic and elegant look that can transform any backyard into a resort.

Grand Estate

Grand Estate

Grand Estate:

The name alone gives you an idea that this pavilion has a regal look to it. If you’re looking for something classic like the Hampton but grand in its presence, then go for the Grand Estate. The Grand Estate offers a spacious area and larger spans to create a stylish appearance.

Alpine Pavilion

Alpine Pavilion

Alpine Pavilion:

If you like the rustic, old-world look, an Alpine is an excellent choice. With incredible spacious ceilings and beautiful, thick pieces of lumber, you will feel at home. Alpine offers the beefier look of the Grand Estate but with a spacious ceiling.

Pavilion Santa Fe Cedar

Santa Fe Cedar Pavilion

Santa Fe:

Modern is the best word to describe the Santa Fe line. Unique in their shape and size, a Santa Fe can add a modern taste to any space. The clean lines and slant of the roof make for an incredible backyard space.

Villa Pavilion



A Villa can be added to most of our pavilions. Villas allow you to create a private, additional space for either pool, hobby rooms, tv room, she-shed, man-caves, etc. The addition of a Villa can take a Pavilion space to the next level of comfort and convenience.


For Additional Inspiration:

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