Project Spotlight: Restaurant Pergola

A freestanding pergola adds room for dining space outside.

A freestanding pergola adds room for dining space outside.

The Mohawk House in Sparta, New Jersey, chose Walpole to create a structure that would invite outdoor dining, while enhancing the restaurant’s warm atmosphere and visually appealing setting. Expansive Walpole pergolas are allowing restaurants nationwide to provide additional seating more quickly and perhaps more cost-effectively than a full-blown build-out expansion project. 

By creating a light and airy outdoor room, a Walpole pergola affords businesses and homeowner alike many opportunities to be creative with the space. Whether it includes dining tables and chairs, relaxed seating areas, or elaborate outdoor bars and kitchens, the options are almost limitless.

While Walpole pergolas create a dynamic sense of space and openness, they are also extremely functional. This structure features double shade canopies. The motor drive operation allows the canopy to be closed quickly as the push of a button, protecting diners and staff from harsh, direct sunlight, or drizzling rain. 

A monorail drive beam supports each canopy in the middle with “wings” that suspend the fabric. This unique design solution allows the rain to drain to the sides, rather than pool in the middle. During this party, when light rain began to fall, the canopies were quickly closed, and the event continued without disruption.

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Pergolas are perfect for outdoor parties in the spring and summer.

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Dozens of people dine under the pergola in Sparta, New Jersey.

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The motorized canopy makes adding additional coverage overhead simple.

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The expansive pergola has allowed the Mohawk restaurant to expand its seating exponentially.

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Custom Lattice Panels and Structures

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Lattice Panels For The Home

Adding some charm and interest to your home or garden doesn’t have too be difficult or even too expensive. You can go big or small with something geometric or with romantic curves. Lattice panels come in all shapes and sizes and fit into almost any home or garden setup. If you can dream it we can do it!

Small Attached Pieces

Standard Decorative Lattice Panel in Osterville, MA.

Standard Decorative Lattice Panel in Osterville, MA.

Small lattice panels are a great way to add a little interest to a bare wall attached to the exterior of a home, garden enclosure, shed or garage. You can go with something simple and rectangular like the Standard Decorative Lattice Panel or something sweeping and elegant like the Rosewood Classic Lattice Panel.

Each piece comes in its own standard sizing but can be made to order in any size that you need to complete your project. Each AZEK lattice panel is finished in white but can be painted any Sherwin Williams vinyl safe color to best suit your needs.

Large Free-Standing Pieces

Custom lattice arch front view.

Custom lattice arch front view.

A little creativity goes a long way. We’ve helped customers bring their unique visions to life by crafting the intricate large-scale free-standing lattice structures in their imaginations. Each structure serves a unique purpose whether it be a visual statement, fence or a privacy screen.

Lattice panels provide an almost limitless number of opportunities to be creative in a specific area of the garden – with spectacular results. The custom Lattice Arch was handcrafted for a function facility and serves as an appropriately charming backdrop for treasured photographs. 

Historical Replication

Urban rooftop garden lattice panels.

Urban rooftop garden lattice panels.

Preserving the look and feel of a historical location is important when renovating. Walpole has worked with numerous clients to craft lattice panels that maintain the historical appearance of old, treasured buildings.

In 2013 a New York City customer sought Walpole’s help in replicating an historical lattice motif for their rooftop garden at a location originally built by Fred F. French in the 1920s. This distinctive lattice was handcrafted in cellular PVC, so the apartment owners will have little maintenance concerns for years as they enjoy the great looks of this classic presentation high above the bustling metropolis.

 

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Commercial Lattice Uses

When designing an outdoor area or building facade for a client or a project a lot of thought goes into the functionality of each structure. Will it last? Is it strong? While keeping that in mind think more about the details of the project – Is this striking? Will this create a positive association in people’s memories?

A great way to accomplish both is by utilizing lattice panels as both decorative and functional structures.

Privacy Screening

Custom lattice panels, paired with planters, create privacy on this rooftop lounge area.

Custom lattice panels, paired with planters, create privacy on this rooftop lounge area.

Lattice has a unique way of creating a more private space while also not making a space feel suffocating. Clients have used lattice panel fencing, custom large-scale lattice pieces and even lattice fence toppers to create breathable areas of privacy. Rooftop gardens, pool areas, storage enclosures and courtyards have all been improved with beautiful and low-maintenance AZEK lattice panels and fencing.

Large scale projects are also a great way to introduce some natural elements into the design of a building or outdoor area. Just coax some ivy or another climbing plant and any outdoor area is bright to life.

 

Areas of Visual Interest

Custom lattice arch front view.

Custom lattice arch front view.

Creating a beautiful lasting memory is the goal of any designer or developer. A classic way to do this with an outdoor space is to utilize standard or decorative lattice panels. Panels can be custom made in any size and can be attached to bare walls or freestanding.

Lattice panels provide an almost limitless number of opportunities to be creative in a specific area of the garden – with spectacular results. The custom Lattice Arch shown here was handcrafted for a function facility and serves as an appropriately charming backdrop for treasured photographs.

 

Enhancing Architecture

Standard Walpole lattice sections are mounted on either side of sliding glass doors.

Standard Walpole lattice sections are mounted on either side of sliding glass doors.

While beautiful in a garden, lattice panels don’t always have to be where the nature is.

Adding symmetrical panels to either side of an entryway is a great way to create some visual interest at the first point a visitor is in contact with your space.

Made with long lasting, maintenance-free AZEK wood alternative, Walpole lattices are fully customizable to truly fit the aesthetic of your building.

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Photos: Adding Architectural Interest At Home

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Project Spotlight: Apollo Motorized Rooftop Shade Pergola

What better way to make more space at your office building than by using the outdoors! In Waltham, Mass Walpole Outdoors worked with the building designers at the headquarters of C & J Clark America (Clark’s Shoes) to create a beautiful shade pergola space on the rooftop that can be utilized for relaxation but also meetings, conference calls and more.

A beautiful self anchored pergola that revitalizes a rooftop space.

A beautiful self anchored pergola that revitalizes a rooftop space.

This stunning roof deck employee gathering area is 12’ 6” wide by 20’ long.

The Apollo opening roof’s unique system has remote control easy opening and closing operation, providing variable shading and light, and protection from inclement weather. Shade louvers feature a clear coat finish, while the posts, frame, and gutters have an anodized bronze finish. The securing planter box anchors, crafted in AZEK cellular PVC with stainless steel liners, are 24” square by 30” H.

Walpole’s custom color matches the anodized bronze frame. Ideal for commercial and residential outdoor living and dining areas – from hospitality, resorts, and restaurants, to homeowners’ patios and porches – the Apollo pergola is made in the USA.

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The Apollo Pergola adds the perfect space for employees to lunch and catch up.

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A rooftop pergola is a great way to transform an under utilized part of an office building.

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The space can be transformed from a relaxation area to a space to meet and even teleconference.

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The pergola is self-anchored with matching planter boxes allowing it to stand freely without being attached to the building.

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Getting The Perfect Gift For Mom

What says “thank you mom” like a gift for the home or garden?! This Mother’s Day surprise mom with a gift for the home or garden – one that she will see and use everyday. From birdhouses to garden helpers, you can’t go wrong with a gift from Walpole Outdoors.

Birdhouses

A few of the charming houses and feeders in the Lazy Hill collection.

A few of the charming houses and feeders in the Lazy Hill collection.

A great gift that will get plenty of use all spring and summer is a classic birdhouse. Whether she likes to birdwatch or just likes adding whimsical touches to her outdoor spaces you are sure to find a piece she will love. One of our classic houses is the adorable Lazy Hill Large Shingled House. Our selection of Lazy Hill birdhouses are made in the USA from vinyl and wood.

If you are looking for something with some modern touches try the Lazy Hill Ultimate Martin House. Fabricated in solid cellular vinyl the homes have a roomy interior and handmade copper roof.

Shop our range of birdhouses online or at any Walpole Outdoors showroom.

Kitchen Garden Tools

Garden Hod Basket

If mom is an avid gardener (or even a novice) she would really appreciate a piece from our collection of cedar garden tools and helpers. A great simple gift would be our Garden Hod Basket to use carrying tools while she works or as a basket when picking flowers or foods to bring in the house. Versatile and adorable, this garden helper truly lends a hand.

Another great gift is the Suburban Gardener’s Bench. This attractive wood bench setup is the perfect place to store tools and function as a workstation for repotting and transplanting. This setup would work perfectly outside near the garden or inside a potting or storage shed.

Shop kitchen garden tools and helpers online or at any Walpole Outdoors showroom.

 

Wind Chimes

Make the wind sing with a beautiful wind chime. This is a great gift for Mother’s Day if mom spends a lot of time on the patio, in the garden or just has the window open in the spring and summertime. Each wind chime is finely crafted with a personality all its own. A great example is the Pinecone Wind Chime; an iron chime that embraces the sights and sounds of nature. The pinecone blends in with nature producing an enjoyable sound.

If you are looking for somethings little more classic looking then the Harbor Bells Wind Chime would be an excellent choice. Designed and produced here in the USA.

Shop wind chimes online or at any Walpole Outdoors showroom.

For more information on any of our products or to find a location near you visit our website or give us a call at 800-343-6948.

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It’s Time To Get Growing

Though it may not feel like it, we are well into spring. You may not think it’s warm enough to get your garden in shape but there are many ways to get your early spring garden in order.

Get Weeding

Before you can get growing you have to tend to the soil.

Before you can get growing you have to tend to the soil.

The first and most important thing you can do is weed your garden and yard. After months of snow and intense storms if you live in the Northeast your garden is going to be a mess.

Grab your tools and gloves and spend some time doing a thorough weeding of the area you will be using to plant this year. This may be a good amount of work so break it up and work on small areas at a time so you don’t hurt your back.

Prepare Your Soil

It's time to get a little messy.

It’s time to get a little messy.

The cold wet winter can really suck the nutrients out of your soil. Early spring is a great time to start tending to the soil since it is unlikely to freeze again. First start by tilling the soil about 8 inches deep where you are planning to plant. Remove all rocks and debris that may have found its way over during the winter.

After cleaning you will want to add some nutrients in the form of some kind of fertilizer. If you have a compost now is the ideal time to put it to use but you can also use store bought soil or add some coffee grounds to the dirt to add some needed nitrogen.

Get Seeds Started

Start your seeds indoors if the cold is still persistent.

Start your seeds indoors if the cold is still persistent.

If you can’t wait to get planting and it is on the cold side then start your seeds indoors! Get a few seed trays or small containers and plant seeds now.

Keep them by the sun and water them well and once the weather improves or you finally have the opportunity to spend some time in the garden transplant them.

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Adding Interest To Your Business

For a business owner, architect or developer creating a lasting impression is important when imagining the exterior of a business. The shape and size of a building and its paint color are important but even if you are working with an old building or cannot renovate you can still do a lot with exterior structures and architectural touches.

Small Touches Have A Big Impact

Custom planters in Cambridge, Mass.

Custom planters in Cambridge, Mass.

Have you ever heard the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff?” Well in this case, ignore it. Small exterior details can be crucial at establishing your business because that’s the first impression any prospective customer or client will ever have.

Small items like lanterns, posts, mailboxes, window boxes and planters can help create an inviting and classic look without a ton of effort. Planters with flowers or greens flanking an entryway or a beautiful lantern post right out front can give a great boost to your business’ curb appeal.

Structural Elements

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

To make a bigger impact add a larger structure to the exterior of your business. A great investment is an attached or freestanding pergola. This kind of structure creates an exterior space to relax under or a covering to a walk or entryway that is sturdy, refined and long-lasting.

Walpole pergolas are crafted in the finest cedar or wood alternative material AZEK™, a material that looks and feels like wood but will not rot, split or chip and requires no-maintenance.

Another option is to add something smaller but impactful like a beautiful arbor to add interest to an entryway or a a trellis above doorways and windows.

Create A Border

Post and Rail perimeter fence at Merrimack Premium Outlet, Merrimack, NH.

Post and Rail perimeter fence at Merrimack Premium Outlet, Merrimack, NH.

Fencing has more power than establishing privacy – it can also be a big factor in increasing curb appeal. A smart, clean, classic fence establishes structure to the exterior of a building and defines the space. The clean lines with posts and pickets add to the positive perception you are trying to create for your prospective clients.

Add a unique or eye catching gate or pillars and you can have an enviable entry.

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