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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Create A Border
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.
A pop of life is always a good idea in a residential space. That’s why a quality planter box is the perfect accessory for your home in every season.
At The Entryway
Put your planter in a place where it will get seen the
most! An entryway planter is a great way to bring some life to your front door season to season. In the spring and summer add lively blooms in vibrant colors and transition to deeper hues and evergreens in the autumn and winter.
Depending on what kind of space you have you can opt for one square planter box or a duo to frame the doorway! But those aren’t your only choices – we have planters in just about every shape and size ready to be customized to your home.
Another way to brighten up the exterior
of your home is too add some color to the space outside your windows. Whether just a few or several, adding a window flower box adds a burst of plant life without taking up any ground space.
Window boxes are crafted with low-maintenance AZEK ™ materials so they will hold up for years and years without rotting and can be painted to perfectly suit the exterior of your home.
As A Boundary
If you don’t want to add a planter to
the entryway of your home there are still many places to choose one, like alongside a fence or lattice or as a barrier all its own.
Larger, rectangular planters are best suited and can make a handsome border for a front yard, garden space, outdoor entertaining area or to establish a property boundary. Add a few or add a bunch and create a space that is both structured and natural.
To Anchor Large Structures
A more unconventional use for planters
is to use them as anchors for structures like pergolas. On this rooftop in Boston we used planters to anchor this freestanding pergola so that it fit securely in the space without needing to damage the building or rooftop.
But if you don’t need to anchor anything planters are still great for placing at the base of pergola or pavilion pillars too add a little something extra to that entertaining space.
It may feel like winter will never end but spring is closer than you think! And what better way to welcome spring than by adding a nice new touch to the exterior of your home or garden. You can go all out with a brand new structure or add small touches that can boost curb appeal and add endless charm…