Design Ideas

  1. Building a Sunroom Addition: How a Sunroom Adds Style and Value to Your Home

    Building a Sunroom Addition: How a Sunroom Adds Style and Value to Your Home

    Has the weather been chasing you indoors? It can be hard to enjoy your backyard when it’s too sunny or too cold. If you’re tired of fighting with the elements, building a sunroom addition is a stylish way you can make the most of your yard. A sunroom addition can transform your backyard. Building a sunroom will enable you to enjoy your yard year-round and relax outdoors without worrying about the weather. With a sunroom kit from SOJAG, you can easily add style and value to your property. Read on to learn how to build a sunroom addition in your yard, and get ready to spend more time outside.

    Advantages of Building a Sunroom on Your Property

    A sunroom addition brings incredible value to your property. They’re designed to let in natural light while still protecting you from the elements. Sunrooms, also called solariums, provide endless possibilities for backyard fun and entertainment. Let your imagination run wild with a sunroom addition. You can easily create an outdoor living room, reading nook, or craft room. You can host a family dinner under the stars, or enjoy a relaxing evening with the perfect view of the garden.

    Expand Your Living Space

    A well-constructed sunroom is the perfect addition to any home. A solarium will expand your living space by giving you a versatile room in your backyard. Turn your sunroom addition into a home office, a workout room, or even an outdoor entertainment room. With a sunroom kit, you can easily make the most of the outdoor season without worrying about the heat, cold, rain, or bugs.

    Enjoy Greater Convenience

    A sunroom addition provides shelter the whole year, and you can leave your outdoor space set up year-round. You won’t need to pack up your patio furniture in the fall or put it up again in the

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  2. 10 Backyard Ideas to Bring New Life to Decks and Patios

    outdoor decorating ideas for backyard decks

    The weather is warming up, making now the perfect time to start thinking about backyard ideas to spruce up your deck and patio. A few simple patio and deck ideas can quickly turn your backyard space into a comfortable and stylish outdoor living area.

    Need some inspiration? The following backyard ideas will show you just how easy it is to add a sense of elegance and charm to your backyard patio or deck.  

    1. Install Decorative Shade

    Adding decorative shade is one of the best ways to keep your deck cool and comfortable. Whether you prefer a contemporary or traditional look, you’re sure to find a source of shade that appeals to you.

    A simple sun shade is one of the easiest and least expensive solutions. It’s a great way to add a pop of color to your space while also keeping the sun’s harsh rays away. If you prefer a portable solution, consider a high-quality patio umbrella instead. Not only will this provide you with some extra flexibility, but you'll also be able to adjust it to block out the sun throughout the day. Make sure you anchor your umbrella in a sturdy base so it doesn't blow over. If space is tight, choose a side table that doubles as an umbrella stand and place a chair on either side. 

    If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, consider adding a gazebo or pergola to your backyard deck. Not only will this create more shade, but it will also change the entire look and feel of

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  3. How Hollywood Stylist Molly Crist Throws the Perfect Dinner Party

    How Hollywood Stylist Molly Crist Throws the Perfect Dinner Party

    To throw the perfect dinner party, nothing says glamour more than being under the stars. That’s why I love Sojag Gazebos! The best of both worlds - shelter and nature in one (plus I love the mosquito netting for hot summer nights). Typically I love having a dinner party in the late afternoon when the sun is at its finest.

    For your tablescape, think about this…

    • Start the table off with a fresh, seasonal arrangement of flowers. Find a cool container to house the like a vintage vase. Potted plants are also key for a natural vibe. I love ferns, succulents (you can always bring an indoor plant outside for just a night).
    • They say eat the rainbow, but the rainbow is also pretty to look at! Bring a lot of color and vibrancy to your table with plates, placements, or chargers. Don’t be afraid to mix and match plates with different patterns.
    • I love using table runners for a pop of color. If you want a more neutral vibe - think texture like woven fabrics. Don’t have placemats or a runner? Find some flat palm leaves and use them under bowls and plates. Or grab some leaves for Fall nights.
    • Choose foods that have a lot of color and texture differences. And always something green!
    • Lighting is key! Everyone looks good and feels dreamy in candlelight. It also looks great with fresh florals. From lanterns to string lights, think about how lighting can set the mood. I’m all about flameless candles for safety and wax-free mess. And just think, your twinkle lights are holiday ready.
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  4. 5 Fun Ways to Use a Gazebo with Curtains

    5 Fun Ways to Use a Gazebo with Curtains

    When the sun is too hot or if rain threatens to cancel your plans, a shelter like a gazebo can keep the outdoors enjoyable. However, hot weather and storms aren’t the only threat to a good time outdoors. Summer weather also brings out the bugs and hot sun, which can seriously put a damper on an outdoor soirée.

    Beat insects and blistering temperatures at their own game by outfitting your structure with gazebo curtains. This expands your entertainment options by giving you the ability to block out any excess wind and sunlight on all sides. 

    Gazebo curtains also serve as an additional barrier against pesky mosquitoes, wasps, and other nuisance pests. This guide will explain how curtains can make outdoor time more enjoyable and give you some fun gazebo ideas for your next social event.

    Why Gazebo Curtains Matter

    Gazebo curtains add an extra layer of protection from outdoor elements. While most Sojag shelters come with tinted bug screens, these barriers are perforated to allow the open fresh air breezes. Bug screens grant you more exposure to outdoor elements — which is excellent when you’re in the mood for full sun and wind. However, sometimes you want more privacy or protection from events such as a mild rainstorm or a day that is particularly hot. 

    This is why Sojag makes summer curtains that you can add to your gazebo. They are useful accessories for a shelter that needs coverage beyond bug protection. They add more privacy and shade from the sun and can block wind-driven rain. 

    When you have both bug screens and curtains, you get the best of your yard while leaving out all the elements that make it difficult to sit outside long-term. You don’t need to slather on bug repellent or sunscreen every time you enter a gazebo with double curtains because you’re entering a protecte

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  5. Should You Choose an Outdoor Metal Gazebo or a Wood Gazebo for Your Backyard?

    Outdoor metal gazebo or wood gazebo

    Outdoor gazebos are a great addition to any backyard.  They're perfect for relaxing in the shade or hosting a game-day party. Gazebos can also be a stylish and functional detached garage for parking your car, storing a boat, or organizing your tools. But choosing the perfect gazebo for your backyard isn’t an easy decision. This guide helps you choose the right gazebo for your home.

    The Differences Between Outdoor Wooden Gazebos and Metal Gazebos

    Both metal and wood gazebos are popular choices for a detached garage, but how do you know which style is right for you? Here are some things to consider when choosing between an outdoor metal gazebo or wood gazebo.


    If you want a traditional look and feel, you may be considering a rustic wooden gazebo. They’re usually made of pressure-treated wood that’s painted or stained to match your backyard design.

    Outdoor metal gazebos are made of aluminum or galvanized steel. These sleek, contemporary gazebos are the perfect addition to a modern yard. You can create an elegant feature in your garden and enjoy a sophisticated detached garage.


    Wood gazebos are durable structures that can last for many years. However, they’re very susceptible to weather changes. If they’re not well cared for, the wood can shift or crack when exposed to severe temperature swings. Wooden gazebos may also chip, warp, or even rot.

    Outdoor metal gazebos are extremely stable and durab

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  6. Enter to Win a SOJAG Gazebo, and Live Your Best Backyard Life!

    Enter to Win a SOJAG Gazebo

    We're giving away a 10 x 12 ft. Genova gazebo from SOJAG - assembly is included!

    Contestants in Canada and the United States respectively can enter to win using the links below. The contest begins Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12 a.m. EDT and ends Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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  7. Extending Your Outdoor Space With a Wall-Mounted Gazebo

    Extending Your Outdoor Space With a Wall-Mounted Gazebo
    A wall-mounted gazebo is a terrific structure to get the most from your patio or deck even in the winter months. Whether it uses steel, polycarbonate, or fabric, a wall-mounted gazebo can allow you to use your patio or deck throughout the year. You might have questions about wall-mounted gazebos: What is a wall-mounted gazebo? Why would I want one? What’s the difference between a hardtop and a soft top? Can I use it to drink hot buttered rum outside in the dead of winter? (Yes, yes you can.) Below, we answer all these questions and more.

    What Is a Wall-Mounted Gazebo?

    Just as you'd expect, a wall-mounted gazebo, sometimes known as an attached gazebo, is a gazebo that connects to the outside of your house. SOJAG offers hardtop and soft top wall-mounted gazebos with sturdy powder-coated aluminum frames. These structures provide excellent sun, rain, and snow cover so every day can be a good day to relax on the patio. SOJAG's wall-mounted gazebos also come with mosquito netting and curtains to provide extra coverage and privacy during buggy summer evenings or brisk winter mornings.

    Benefits of a Wall-Mounted Gazebo

    When you add a wall-mounted gazebo to your house, you add an additional living space where you can host guests or just enjoy your time outside. Sure, your patio may already be a well-used part of your house, but what happens when it rains? Chances are you aren’t going out there with an umbrella to enjoy your breakfast. A wall-mounted gazebo means you can have your breakfast outside, rain or shine.

    Extreme Versatility

    With a wall-mounted gazebo, you can essentially treat the space as an extra sunroom or dining room. The durable structure will easily block rain, sun, and snow so you d
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  8. Planning an Upgrade for your Swimming Pool Area

    Planning an Upgrade for your Swimming Pool Area
    Is your pool area in need of a fresh new look? Whether you want to completely remodel your swimming pool or just give it a facelift, this is the perfect time to do a backyard makeover. An inspiring pool design can breathe new life into your property and increase its value.

    With these simple tips, you can plan an upgrade for your swimming pool area and make the most of your outdoor space. Then, take your pool design from great to amazing with personalized touches.

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  9. Creative Uses for Backyard Gazebos: A Guide for Homes and Businesses

    Creative Uses for Backyard Gazebos: A Guide for Homes and Businesses

    Are you looking for a creative way to upgrade your outdoor space? Backyard gazebos are the perfect solution! Not only will a gazebo be a beautiful addition to your home or business, but it will also increase your property's value. While many homeowners enjoy having a peaceful place to sit and relax, this certainly isn't your only option. From a hot tub cover to a backyard movie theater, the number of ways you can use your gazebo is limited only by your imagination. Many business owners have also embraced the use of gazebos to expand their services and increase their property values. Whether you want to create a comfortable picnic area, add an outdoor market stall, or even perform weddings on your property, a gazebo for business can meet your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of gazebos and a few exciting ways you can use them in your home or business.

    Types of Backyard Gazebos

    There are many different types of backyard gazebos to choose from. The right one for your home or business will depend on several factors. This includes your budget, the amount of space you have to work with, and what you plan to do with it. Here are a few of the most popular options.

    Pavilion Style Gazebos

    A pavilion design is the most common style choice for backyard gazebos. This is usually open to the air on all four sides. The most common shape is an octagon, but you can also choose an oval or rectangular pavilion if that is more appropriate for your space. This style of gazebo comes in either a hard top or soft top. Hard top gazebos are very durable and functional. You can use them for a wide variety of purposes, from covering your cooking area to creating a functional sheltered work area. A soft top gazebo is similar to a canopy. However, it’s more of a permanent structure. This is often the most economical option for those who want a s
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  10. Sheltercation with Style

    Sheltercation with Style

    Our homes are our retreats, at least we like to think they are. As we shelter at home, now more than ever it's paramount to create outdoor spaces that evoke feelings of bliss, joy and escape. For me, I relish in creating spaces outside that make me feel like I am on vacation in my own backyard, sheltering at home. But how, right? It is so much easier than you think, you just need the right pieces to create your own vacation retreat at home and have your own Sheltercation experience. The old adage says your outdoor oasis should be an extension of your home with the same palette and design aesthetic but that is not the golden rule anymore. Who says you need to follow the rules? After all, this is your Sheltercation style. Akin to designing your living room, always start with the biggest piece and work from there. A gazebo is the perfect shelter and backdrop to your living space. I love Sojag’s Mykonos Gazebo, (available online) - it’s a game-changer. This gazebo gives you ample space to style and design your oasis. Not only is it beyond sturdy with its metal-based foundation, it has great design elements like a vaulted ceiling and sheer curtains to ward out those pesky bugs. But, most importantly, you will be shaded from the sun. If you live in a colder climate, you can easily bring in a heater and enjoy your outdoor retreat year-round. Now that you are all squared away with your structure, it’s time to figure out what type of space you want to create. Do you want an outdoor dining or living room space? One big note for any outdoor space, incorporate as much greenery as you can. Plants make people happy and they have a plethora of health benefits. Place your plants at various heights. You can even hang them from your Sojag Gazebo. Here are some great pointers to keep in mind while creating your outdoor Sheltercation retreat.

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