Planned Communities – Photo Gallery

River Dunes Community, North Carolina


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Cedar fencing, at the community center and pool area.

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Entry gateway arbor and lantern post with lantern dress up this cluster community.

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Decorative fencing and gates for rental cottages and neighborhoods.

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Square Paneled Planters outside the community chapel.


Kiawah Island Community, South Carolina


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Split Rail Fence perimeter fence along neighborhood streets and golf course.

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Cedar true-Split-Rail perimeter fence along neighborhood streets and golf course.


Newtown Community St. Charles, MO



Decorative fence adds interest to the front of this home.


Decorative bracket at sheltered doorways.


Decorative custom fence with rounded post tops and recess panel end posts.


Toll Brothers Neighborhood The Summit at Bethel, CT


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Gated community guard house fencing.

Toll Brothers

Manchester post and rail fencing, pillars and gate.


Common area at the D Street Apartments, South Boston, MA



This is a large custom Western Red Cedar Pergola on roof top – completes an outside common area that includes grills, seating and play areas.

Glen Ridge, Storrs, CT 55+ Active Adult Community



Apollo pergola top with AZEK beams and posts. The motorized louvered pergola top can be opened and closed.


Condo community Narragansett, RI



Walkway pergola with lattice panels and privacy fencing behind.


Privacy fencing surrounding outdoor storage and dumpster.


Courtyard entry arbor with custom scalloped gate.


Pair of Spindle Top Arbors – decorate a private courtyard and a public walkway.

Standard lattice panels add architectural interest.

Standard lattice panels add architectural interest.

Winnapaug Cottages Westerly, RI



Automated community entry gates.

Matching mail post throughout community.

Matching mail posts throughout community.


Newbury Village

Entrance spindle and pillar post feature with carved village sign.

Entrance spindle and pillar post feature with carved village sign.


Unique Homes, Medfield, MA


Planned community with privacy and decorative fencing between units.


Picket fence and perimeter board fence with topper adds privacy.


Westchester picket fence and gate to patio.

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Low Maintenance Structures For Planned Communities

When you are embarking on a complicated project finding a designer and supplier that can provide reliable, quality products is essential to getting things on time and under budget. With complex projects like planned communities Walpole Outdoors has provided a myriad of services and products that have delighted homeowners and developers alike.

River Dunes Community, North Carolina

River Dunes Community, North Carolina

Whether you are looking for a grand entry gate into the community, a custom sign welcoming residents and visitors, large scale fencing, mail and later posts that will feature throughout the community or structural elements like pergolas and arbors Walpole can help.

Architects and developers choose Walpole Outdoors to help craft their planned communities for the quality products and flexibility of designs. Walpole products are crafted in low-maintenance AZEK wood alternative. This material has the look of painted wood without all the splitting and rotting that occurs over time. AZEK comes in factory-finished white but can be customized with Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint to meet the exact color needs of the project. With such a large scale project that will require daily maintenance and attention providing a product that is virtually maintenance-free is highly desirable and one less thing to worry about.

Walpole also works with architects and developers to craft custom designs that suit their exact needs so they can cultivate the perfect look for their community. Walpole specializes in working with developers design products that are unique like custom front entrance signage to products that require uniformity like mail and lantern posts that will feature throughout the community.

In addition to fencing, gates, pergolas and arbors Walpole also supplies planned communities with options for storage including sheds, durable privacy fencing and small buildings as well as decor items like stylish planters and window boxes.

Give us a call at 800-343-6948 or request a free design consultation online to get started on your planned community. We will happily discuss our variety of products and styles to help you find the perfect structure for your planned community!


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Light Up Your Autumn

Hammond Lantern Post

Hammond Lantern Post with Beacon Lantern

There’s no better time to give your outdoor lighting an upgrade. As the days grow shorter the need for a little light in the driveway, walkway or at the front entry is no longer just a style choice but a practical one as well.

A lantern and post is an investment that will not only provide you with much needed light in areas of high foot traffic but one that will also boost your homes’ curb appeal. A great lantern and post will last you years and years and give you great opportunities as far as seasonal decorating and landscaping are concerned. A wreath at Christmas or a bed of flowers in the springtime – Can you picture it?

One of the most popular and versatile lantern posts is the Hammond Lantern Post. This beautifully crafted post features four recessed panels and a decorative cap, all crafted in low maintenance AZEK, an advanced wood alternative material. The Hammond Lantern Post can withstand even the coldest winter weather and requires little to no maintenance – no peeling and no rotting.

The Arlington Pillar Post

The Arlington Pillar Post

You can also add your own touches to your Hammond Lantern Post with size options as well as your choice of Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint if the standard white doesn’t suit your outdoor aesthetic. Additionally you can add a mounted bracket that can hold a hanging hand-crafted sign of your choice.

Another popular lantern post is the beautiful Arlington Pillar Post. This post is bold and sturdy complimenting a variety of lantern styles. The Arlington features recessed panels on two sides and a decorative collar giving your home a stately look.

Each post compliments any one of the dozens of lantern styles we offer online or at our retail locations. A popular style (and the one featured in both of the above images) is the Beacon Lantern. This is a traditional lantern with single bulb and hurricane glass enclosed by four panels of glass and a beautiful brass finish. This classic lantern look also comes in a side-mount version for lighting up your front entry.

Whether your style is more traditional or contemporary we are happy to help you find the perfect lantern and post combination for your home. To see our entire range of lanterns and lantern posts visit our website or drop by a retail location.

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Preparing Your Yard For The Cold Weather


The seasons are-a-changing! Now is the time to pack up the summer supplies and start giving your garden and backyard a little TLC before the cold really hits. Preparing your garden and storage shed for the cold weather not only improves the look of your yard but also helps ensure a beautiful growth come spring.

Prepare The Garden

Prepare the ground by assessing the growth from spring and summer. Weed the soil, divide out overgrown plants, and remove under-performing bulbs. Trim back plants that have grown a little too much and remember to deadhead blooms that have faded with the cool weather. Also don’t forget to remove the summer annuals and store them for the next season. The more prep you do now saves you from digging up frozen ground in the winter and rushing come springtime. Protect what’s already in the ground by adding some fresh mulch and peat moss that can provide protection from the elements and add much needed nutrition to the soil.

Prepare The Lawn

To avoid a patchy look in the springtime take the time to work on the lawn. Once you’ve removed all the leaves (which can be a task in itself) you can give your lawn a good dose of nutrition with a natural fertilizer. Fertilizing now will enable the grass to store carbohydrates and grow better and greener in the spring regardless of how cold the winter gets. Now is also a good time to get rid of weeds that have taken root to make sure they die off with the cold. Use natural herbicides or other natural methods to spot remove weeds to keep your lawn healthy and only kill off the troublesome plants.

Prepare The Tools

Fall is an ideal time for a post-season tool cleaning. Disinfect tools after you have done your fall garden cleanup and put them away someplace where they will not get wet and rust also add a little oil to the metal and wood parts to keep them in good condition. Do a good once over in the shed as well! Check expiration dates on chemicals and throw away anything that will be expired in the spring or that looks suspect. Replace through the off season to both save money and be ahead of yourself next spring.

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Photo Gallery: Kit Pergolas

Walpole Outdoors Pergola Kits feature exceptional style and unmatched construction. Standard pergola kits are crafted in your choice of natural cedar or low maintenance wood alternative AZEK and fit a wide variety of outdoor locations.

Arched Top Shade Pergola with canopy at a retail store.

Arched Top Kit Pergola with round columns outside a retail location.

Arched Top Kit Pergola with round columns at a senior living center.

Freestanding AZEK pergola at the Norfolk Public Library in Massachusetts.

Freestanding AZEK pergola at the Norfolk Public Library in Massachusetts.

Arched Poolside Pergola with ShadeFX Canopy Extended installed by builder for a new home.

Arched Poolside Pergola with ShadeFX Canopy Extended installed by builder for a new home.

Standard kit pergola integrated with deck railing.

Standard kit pergola integrated with deck railing.

Kit pergolas with canopy on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Kit pergolas with canopy on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Five kit pergolas with extended canopies on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Five kit pergolas with extended canopies on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Shade pergola kit installed at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola kit installed at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy at a Bed & Breakfast.

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Outdoor Space Solutions: Kit Pergolas


Adding a place of interest or an outdoor focal point can be invaluable for any business, store, government building, country club, restaurant, school or sports and leisure center. Creating a space for people to relax, eat or otherwise just enjoy the outdoors is key in creating a relaxing and stress-free environment. Creating that space can also be stress-free as well with the simple and beautiful Walpole priced pergola kits.

If you don’t want to spend the money or time building a custom structure our selection of priced pergola kits is the perfect solution for you. Each pergola is crafted in finely sources materials including natural western red cedar and the low-maintenance wood alternative AZEK. Available in a variety of styles priced kit pergolas can add unmeasurable value and interest to an outdoor space of any kind and last for years and years to come with little to no maintenance required. Contractors can offer them to their clients, buy them from Walpole and install them with ease.

Why a priced kit pergola from Walpole Outdoors?



Completely Pre-Manufactured: No fabrication in the field is required. Components arrive pre-fabricated and factory finished. Structurally reinforced seamless beams are pre-drilled, and joists pre-notched.

Easy To Install: Unskilled workers find it easy from start to finish. Assembly components include uncomplicated brackets and fasteners. These are powder-coated stainless steel. See how simple the installation will be. Call and we’ll send you the installation instructions.

More Size and Style Options: Freestanding or attached, from 10′ x 10′ to 14′ x 14′, with straight or arched tops, rounded or square columns. Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 24″ beyond the center of the columns. Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.

Versatile: Can be quickly erected anywhere – hardscaping (bluestone, pavers) or on a deck. All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.

Completely Factory Finished: Sherwin-Williams® VinylSafe paint with a 25-year warranty so you can get the perfect color to match your outdoor space.

Smart Delivery: Arrives in wrapped pallets with easy-to-follow detailed instructions for even a novice installer. Motorized or manual shade canopies optional.


Give us a call at 800-343-6948 or request a free design consultation online to get started on your pergola project. We will happily discuss our variety of styles to help you find the perfect pergola for your outdoor space!


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Sophisticated & Simple: Kit Pergolas


Outdoor structures add a certain sophistication to any outdoor space. But sometimes you just want a simple, priced structure without all that measuring and customization. If this sounds like you then you will love our selection of quality, beautiful and durable kit pergolas. In a variety of styles and materials our kit pergolas are priced up front and come in standard measurements so you know exactly what you are getting before it arrives at your home.

The handcrafted quality you find in a Walpole Shade Pergola Kit is far superior in many ways to other kits on the market. Here are four excellent reasons why:

  • True sizes: Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 18″ beyond the center of the columns.
  • Detail: Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.
  • Flexibility: All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.
  • Ease: Pergola Kits are crated and shipped motor freight, canopies arrive ready to install.

Whether you are looking for something that can add some shade to an existing space like a patio or a structure to build a space around a kit pergola is a smart choice. The hardest part is deciding which one you like the most!

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola


This classic free-standing pergola can turn your poolside space into a resort! The perfect structure to cover a dining or seating area with or without a shade canopy. Transition the space in the fall with a fire pit and twinkle lights up the pillars.

Standard pergolas handcrafted in AZEK are available in six sizes, arch top or classic straight top, with round or square berglass columns. Factory nished with white, Sherwin- Williams paint which is warranteed for 25 years. Each pergola style and size is o ered with a ShadeFX manual shade canopy. Choose Sunbrella® rain resistant, waterproof or commercial fabrics. Motor freight.


Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit

Western Red Cedar Pergola

Western Red Cedar Pergola


Looking for something a little more natural and rustic for your home? A great structure for you would be the Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit. This pergola looks great in the garden as well as providing shade to a patio or outdoor seating area.

This kit feature stunning, select grade and knot-free kiln dried Western Red Cedar. The Walpole “E” end cut style is standard. Your kit is unstained and will weather to a beautiful silver gray and is yours to paint or stain as you see fit. Add a ShadeFX canopy and extend your outdoor enjoyment significantly.


Arched Top Shade Pergola Kit With Square Columns


Arch Top Shade Pergola Kit

Arch Top Shade Pergola Kit

A classic, elegant look for any home. The delicate arched beams on this kit pergola add a beautiful architectural touch to any home or backyard. For added shade and comfort install a ShadeFX Canopy that’s a breeze to open and close to allow you to enjoy your pergola in any weather.

Sizes are measured on-center of the posts and have a 1 1/2’ overhang. Square fiberglass columns with recessed panels, capitals and decorative base. Crafted in AZEK, cellular PVC. Factory primed and painted. Manually-opeated shades offered in over fifty Sunbrella rain-resistant, waterproof and commercial fabrics. Crated and shipped motor freight. Arrives ready to install.


Discover more of our beautiful pergola kits online and find the perfect style for your home!


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Enjoying The Last Days of Summer

It may be hard to believe but summer is starting to wind down. Kids are headed back to school and families are finally unpacking from their summer vacations. Instead of breaking out the fall sweaters savor every ray of sunshine left! Here’s how you can get the most out of the last few weeks of summer…

Spend Evenings Outdoors

pexels-photo-26135The cool weather of fall and icy weather of winter makes spending time outside when the sun goes down difficult and unpleasant. But don’t put away the outdoor furniture just yet! Get as much use out of your outdoor spaces until you see the first frost blanket over the grass.

Make it a point to eat dinner outdoors as much as you can while there is still a little bit of the sun in the sky. Enjoy the fireflies and crickets once the sun goes down by lighting a fire in your outdoor fireplace or fire bowl. Break out the marshmallows while you’re at it! Try some unique recipes for smores… you will be amazed by just how many there are!

Get Some Sun

You may not be getting as much use out of the pool this late in the season but you can still enjoy sitting by the water. Now is the best time to catch a few rays (responsibly, of course). Move your weekend relaxation and lunch outdoors to catch the last few summer rays. Take a nap in the chaise or just read a book – the idea is to get out as much as you can before you have to retreat indoors.

Get That Fall Garden Started Now

The lovely Doylestown Planter.

The lovely Doylestown Planter.

Keep the flowers blooming well into fall by starting, or at least planning, your fall garden now. Carve out some space in your summer garden and start working the soil to accommodate your autumn blooms. Get the seeds started now so you have lush color right as the temperatures begin to cool.

Start something new by adding a fall planter garden to your front entry! Find the perfect vessel and choose some of the best seasonal plants. Get them started outside now and transplant later or just start it off right in the planter. Choose from classic square or rectangle planters or go for a more unique shape like the Tapered Panel Planter.

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Private Clubs and Athletics Partnerships

Walpole Outdoors has been working with architects to create memorable spaces for decades. In addition to providing beautiful spaces for public use Walpole has also been crafting custom pergolas, fencing, railings and more for private clubs and athletic centers all over the United States. From yacht clubs to golf courses and tennis courts Walpole Outdoors has continues to contribute to the beauty of private outdoor spaces.

New Jersey Boat Club

Custom Expansive Pergola with Blue ShadeFX Canopies

View from under the shade canopied pergola in New Jersey.

Many commercial enterprises – here, a private boat club – choose Walpole Outdoors to create handcrafted custom pergolas for a specific purpose. This large double shade pergola allows club members to enjoy socializing outdoors, sheltered from gentle rain or blazing sunlight. Walpole’s ShadeFX canopies can be operated motor driven or manually. We handcraft our pergolas in AZEK advanced cellular PVC, a material that looks exactly like natural wood, but won’t rot, split, or warp, and requires no maintenance for years. Walpole works from detailed drawings, sketches, or photographs.

Beach Club in Watch Hill, RI

Proportionate attached trellis and pergolas over stair area. Custom Railing posts prepared for cable railing.

Custom railings at an entry to a private Beach Club in Watch Hill, RI.

This entry pergola and facade pergolas with supporting brackets add drama and eye-appeal on the beach club’s facade. Also handcrafted in solid cellular vinyl are Walpole decorative trellis sections that extend along the walkways. In addition to the more decorative elements Walpole also crafted custom durable railings along the raised walkway and stairs. Crafted with AZEK for lasting, low-maintenance use.

Tennis Courtside Rockport Planters

Planters form a safety “railing” at the tennis courts.

Overlooking the tennis court, on the wall are large, rectangular Rockport Walpole planters that feature detailed, vertical boards. Planters serve as a stylish alternative to a traditional barrier between the courts and viewing area. Crafted in AZEK , the planters require no liners or maintenance and add greenery and protection courtside.

Lattice Tennis Court Enclosure

Lattice fence and gate tennis court barrier.

While tennis whites are no longer de rigueur on the court, these Walpole customers certainly found the color to be appropriate for their stunning enclosure. It consists of a lattice fence with a sweeping curved rail and matching double gates. The gates sport sturdy, hot-dipped galvanized hardware that ensure many years of trouble-free use.

Integrated into this lattice fence is a wire mesh system that helps keep wayward tennis balls within reach. As tennis court enclosures can be as varied as each player’s level of proficiency, Walpole works with clubs and homeowners alike to create a solution that is extremely functional and classically styled.

Dockside Covered Bar Area

Boat Club bar pergola and furniture.

Walpole partnered with this private boat club to create an oasis just feet from the dock! This dockside retreat features a full bar with pergola to provide shade and comfort. The stylish yet classic setup features the MAD Bar Side Chair, Arm Chair and Bar Table.

Country Club in Greenwich, CT

Universal Drive Gate at Country Club

A country club chose Walpole to handcraft a Universal style drive gate at the rear entrance to the property. This multi-functional gate system has the flexibility to open for large vehicle entrance, or as a single gate for employees performing daily tasks. The imaginative design incorporates stylish crisscross bracing on both sides.

Wing Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY

Custom walkway bridge at Wing Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY

This beautiful custom rustic bridge was designed for use at Wing Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. This installation features beautiful rustic touches that enhance the natural surroundings.

Walpole has many years of experience handcrafting custom bridges for commercial and residential customers. We work with architects, landscape architects, and home building companies, and homeowners. Send us photographs, sketches, or detailed drawings, and we will create a bridge that is beyond your expectations and perfectly matches your location and needs.

Decorative and Functional Outdoor Products

Custom hand-carved signs and posts.

Custom doorway trellis system.

Classic wooden adirondack chairs.

Western Red Cedar details including fencing, railings and structures.

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Creating the Best Staycation

Give the beach a run for its money.

One of the best parts of summer is taking a long trip to someplace unfamiliar and spending the time relaxing and forgetting about all of your normal worries. But sometimes you can do just that without leaving your home! We’re talking about a staycation.

Creating the optimal staycation is all about bringing those resort luxuries to your own backyard and hushing those reminders of work and responsibility.

Whether you are on a budget or not you can create a memorable staycation with a little prep work and a true dedication to the art of relaxation.


The first task in any good staycation is turning off the alarm clock, disabling your calendar reminders and simply just shutting off your phone and putting it somewhere out of reach. With your work emails and messages only a click away it’s hard for anyone to get any real time away aside from leaving the country. Once you’ve disconnected you have time to relax without the constant distraction of dings and pings.

Create a resort-like space

Kick back on that hammock…

Since you will be spending a lot of time finally enjoying the warm summer weather you have to do a little prep work to create the perfect outdoor space.

What are your favorite parts of going on vacation? If you love lounging poolside invest in a quality chaise that you can melt into. If you love spending time reading or napping set up a hammock in a quiet place and surround it with flowers and other accessories that make it feel a little more like an island resort than your backyard.

Once you have that space created the only thing left is to use it!

Skip cooking (at least inside)

Put household tasks on the back burner and indulge a little. A great way to do this is by ditching the kitchen. Prep some indulgent meals and desserts for your staycation in advance or simply have them delivered so you don’t have to lift a finger! If cooking is something you love simply move the kitchen outside to the grill or outdoor kitchen.

Put your diet on hold and think vacation. What would you be eating at a resort? Indulge on delicious seafood and rich desserts. Plan ahead and create some island cocktails by the pitcher that taste as good with lunch as they do with dinner!

Treat yourself

Relax and treat yourself with all of your favorites!

This is the perfect opportunity to take some time out and focus on you. Find a masseuse that makes house calls and enjoy a massage outside followed by a long dip in the hot tub. Play up that theme by turning your bedroom and bathroom into luxurious spaces with aromatherapy candles, plush overstuffed pillows, terrycloth robes and high thread count sheets. Organize all of your beach favorite books in a shelf by the pool so you don’t have to move a muscle.

Even better sleep outdoors under the stars! Bring comfy bedding outside and setup a wonderful outdoor bedroom in your backyard in a tent or under the pergola.

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