Good outdoor pavilion plans can be based on designs such as traditional, shade mountain and Renaissance styles. A few other pavilion designs rely on Alpine, grand estate and Hampton pavilion styles.
Traditional pavilions have four or more square or rounded posts and a simple design, which sometimes includes a cupola. The designs are classics and offer easy accessibility, being open all round. Posts are made of unfinished pine wood or vinyl and the roof is made of wood beams or rafters, asphalt roof shingles, or tiles. Traditional pavilions are designed to withstand about 45 pounds per square feet of snow and winds of 140 miles per hour. Pavilion plans can be open on all sides or partially enclosed.
Renaissance pavilions have a few added details that add elegance, such as 10-inch rounded columns and anchor brackets that are powder-coated. Arched headers and dental moldings add character to the design, and half walls or screens provide protection from sun and rain. They also provide privacy while letting in the sunshine and cooling breezes.
Pavilions can have added luxury features such as ceiling fans, recliners and sofas and carpeting. Some pavilions have mini kitchens and even fireplaces. Pavilions are very useful near swimming pools and provide a place to get out of the sun or change clothes.