Pergolas: Simple Structures To Standout

Looking to add something to the exterior to your business or development that will help it stand out? You don’t need something gimmicky to make a lasting impression – simplicity can sometimes be more memorable.

An AZEK pergola, with the look of wood at Lulu’s Restaurant, Brighton, MA.

An AZEK pergola, with the look of wood at Lulu’s Restaurant, Brighton, MA.

A pergola is a structure with grace and simplicity that adds charm to a building or home and purpose to an outdoor space.

Pergolas add value to just about any kind of space. At a restaurant it provides shade for diners to enjoy a meal or drinks outdoors, expanding seating and adding an amenity that will be popular in the warmer weather. At a housing development, senior center or country club it provides a communal area for people to gather and relax while still enjoying the outdoors. At a shopping center or public business area it adds a hint of charm and structure that can keep people there longer and give them space to relax.

Adding an outdoor structure like a pergola to a space only expands its usefulness but even if it isn’t utilized often it’s still a handsome structure that can be dressed up with decor and plants. Pergolas are aesthetically pleasing and will leave visitors to your business or development with a positive impression.

Freestanding pergola at a Senior Living Center in the Washington DC area.

Freestanding pergola at a Senior Living Center in the Washington DC area.

All of our pergolas can be constructed in

natural cedar wood or our state-of-the-art wood alternative, AZEK®. AZEK is a cellular vinyl like material that has the look and feel of wood but won’t split or rot. AZEK is virtually maintenance-free and has a long life free of chips and weather related damage. You are going to want to invest in AZEK!

For more information on how Walpole Outdoors can help create a lasting and unique pergola for your business contact us at 508-668-2800.

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New Year, New Pergola

The beginning of the year is a time for makeovers – health, body and finances are always popular choices but there is another you may have not considered… your yard.

Though you can’t do too much outside right now with the sub-zero temperatures you can certainly shop around and make plans for renovations come spring. Start getting that check-list ready. You are going to want to start with the big pieces first and then get to the finer details like decorations and flower choices closer to springtime.

A picturesque pergola.

A picturesque pergola.

A great way to start a yard overhaul is with a new structure to anchor the space. A structure like a pergola serves as a central piece to build off of, a first step like a foundation in building a house.

Pergolas are regal and offer you a little space of shade and privacy in any kind of natural setting. You can build one that is large and expansive or one small and decorative. They can be constructed freestanding away from the home or attached to it almost serving as an extension of the living space.

These structures can be customized in a myriad ways to suit a variety of spaces including shape, material and color. Utilize one in the garden with a few chairs and benches or on by the pool with an outdoor kitchen and plush furniture.

Self-anchoring rooftop pergola with recessed lighting in Boston.

Self-anchoring rooftop pergola with recessed lighting in Boston.

Our pergolas are constructed with start-of-the-art AZEK® cellular vinyl wood alternative. AZEK is a material that looks and feels like real wood without ever splitting or rotting and requiring little to no maintenance over the course of its lifetime. AZEK can also be customized to suit your needs in every way including a large selection of colors.

Use the winter months to find out what pergola best suits your needs. Do you want round or square columns? Arched or straight top? Make your list of needs and start a conversation to find exactly what you need before you need it.

Get started getting your new pergola by requesting a free design consultation with one of our design experts and give your yard the makeover it deserves this year!

 

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Refresh Your Yard For 2018

If you need a fresh start in 2018 a great place to focus your energy is on your yard and garden. Now is the time to start planning that new feature, new structure, or brand new outdoor space. Take some chances! Make an investment!

Refreshing Your Fencing

 

This green fencing pairs perfectly with the home's paint and finish.

This green fencing pairs perfectly with the home’s paint and finish.

When was your fence installed? Does it still look like it did when it was new? Has your style changed since you installed you fence? These are the questions to ask yourself to see if you are in need of a fencing refresh in 2018.

If you need something new take your time choosing a style so you can find the one that you will still love 10 years from now. Sick of the classic white picket? Go for a green board fence. Tired of the rustic post and rail? Take on a classic Nantucket Picket.

You have a few months of cold to go over your options to be ready for springtime. Give us a call for a free consultation with one of our design experts who can walk you through every detail in deciding which fence is right for you.

Invest in that Structure

 

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy.

Nothing brings your outdoor space to life quite

like a beautiful structure to tie everything together.

Is 2018 the year you finally add that pergola you’ve had your eye on?

Pergolas are not only an attractive addition to your home, yard or garden but a practical one at that. The shade and protection a pergola provides will ensure that you will spend a lot more time enjoying the outdoors in 2018 and the following years. And isn’t more time outdoors a good thing?

Whether you are looking for a customized structure or something a little more straightforward we have the perfect pergola for your space. All of our pergolas are built in either the finest cedar wood or AZEK® wood alternative materials that mimic the look and feel of wood without all the maintenance required of it.

Get Gardening

 

A home with a beautiful garden enclosure.

A home with a beautiful garden enclosure.

Make this the year you don’t have to chase animals

out of your flower beds and vegetables! Take your garden to the next level in 2018 with a garden enclosure.

Garden enclosures don’t have to be fancy or expensive but they can if you would like that. From wood and wire to beautiful AZEK lattice paneling there is an option to suit almost everyone.

Take a look at some of our most popular styles for garden enclosures as well as some of the custom work we’ve done all over the country in our previous blog post.

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Time to Start Spring Garden Prep

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Every day that passes is one day closer to the growing season. Are you prepared to start your garden this spring? Preparation is key when tending a successful garden throughout the season. There are many ways you can prepare for your spring garden without actually having to get out there and start planting. Use your winter wisely and consider these steps to starting a successful spring garden.

1. Start with a plan. Even if you are recreating the same garden you have had in years past it’s always a great idea to map out exactly what you are going to do to get the appropriate amount of supplies and spend less time measuring in the spring. Grab some graph paper and a pencil and map out your garden including any of the plants you plan to grow. You can go into as much detail as you want but having a plan is the best way to be able to budget your time and money.

2. Gather seeds and plant seedlings. If you haven’t already you should start gathering seeds for what you want to plant. Many gardeners take it a step further and begin their plants indoors with seedling trays. If you are going to do that then make sure to place them in your home near a lot of light and water them regularly. This way your plants will already be growing by the time they are suitable for planting outdoors giving you weeks more to enjoy them!

3. Think about new plants you can add. Spend a little time online, talking to other gardeners to garden professionals to zero in on the latest trends and colors you can add to keep your garden modern! Every new year brings new trends in the gardening world, if you can identify them early then you can save money stocking up before the season begins.

4. Get all of your tools ready. One of the best time to buy gardening tools and supplies is during the off season when stock is high and prices are low. Take a look at what you already have and think about what could use a replacement or upgrade. This is a great time to also consider adding larger structures to your garden like an arbor or obelisk. You can get more one-on-one time with a professional during the off season and have your structure ready to go at the start of spring.

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Brighten Up Your Winter Garden

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While the weather outside may be frightful, it can also be colorful! Winter doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb away until spring; there are still many things you can do to make the exterior of your home beautiful and vibrant.

While you are out hanging holiday lights and shoveling snow off of your driveway spend a little time making a few festive touches to your garden and home exterior. Here are a few ways you can still keep your garden design juices flowing this winter…

Container Gardening: While container gardening is always in season it’s a key part of your winter landscape. Your containers become your best friends giving you space to plant and design while the ground is frozen. Fill you planter 2/3 with sand and fill with dried perennials and dried twigs and grasses to keep with the season. Go for some killer evergreens to make it a truly winter inspired arrangement! The best part is you don’t have to water it because everything is dried. Add some coneflowers and some seasonal accessories as the season changes. Once spring comes just dump it out and get to planting things that will grow!

Window Boxes: Window boxes are also great places to create non-growing arrangements that can provide as much color and charm as blooming flowers. Approach a window box like a planter using sand to anchor the stems and filling it with dried perennials and evergreens. Add a few holiday items to make it seasonal or wait until it snows and you have that wonderful look of a coating of snow on top.

Add Lights: You can still enjoy some of your outdoor structures in the winter with a few twinkling lights. Snow and lights are a great combination. Wrap a few lights around your trellis, lamppost, or container garden. Use smaller white lights to make it look less Christmas-like and enjoy throughout winter!

Birdbath Transformation: Since the birds have gone away for a while, turn your birdbath into a wonderful seasonal pedestal. Add some evergreens, berries, and pinecones for a seasonal look. Add a focal point to the display like a small statue or big holiday ornament to draw the attention to the top center of the display.

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Giving The Perfect Gift

It’s the season for gifting! If you have a homeowner or gardener in your life that takes pride in their home and yard we have a few gift suggestions this season.

A gift for the home is personal. What we put in our homes and gardens is a reflection of our style and taste and also the home we want to make. But giving a gift for the home doesn’t have to be difficult to be perfect.

Small items can make a house feel like a home. From lanterns to planters to birdhouses and feeders finding a quality gift for the home is easy if you look in the right place.

Lanterns & Posts

A classic Beacon Post Mount lantern lights up a winter entryway.

A great gift item during the holidays is a lantern.

Choose from dozens of styles that range from classic to nautical to contemporary.

All you have to know is what style your friend or family would more appreciate and in what way they would be mounting it. If they are likely to put it by a walkway or driveway you will want to go with the post mount lantern. If they would prefer to add some light to the doorway go for a side-mount lamp.

You can also go the extra step and purchase the post in which the new lantern will be mounted if you have an idea on the recipient’s specific needs.

 

Bird Houses and Feeders

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The popular Lazy Hill Large Shingled House.

A bird house is a charming gift that can bring joy through

the spring, summer and autumn. All of our birdhouses are constructed either in natural white cedar or the long lasting wood alternative AZEK. The AZEK structures will fit in beautiful with nature without rotting or splitting like natural wood does over time or during weather events.

The Lazy Hill collection of houses and feeders is one of our most popular and features dozens of handsome homes for the birds.

 

Mailboxes & Posts

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The eye catching Copper Mailbox.

If you own or live in a home then you are always in

need of a mailbox. A great gift for the holidays or a housewarming is a brand new mailbox.

A mailbox is something you see each and every day so you might as well enjoy it. Choose from one of our beautiful sturdy boxes in a variety of colors.

Each mailbox is ready to adhere to a post so you can get to using it right away.

 

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Birdwatching & Senior Centers

A few Lazy Hill bird houses and feeders in the outdoor area of a senior center.

A few Lazy Hill bird houses and feeders in the outdoor area of a senior center.

If you are developing a retirement community or senior center you have to keep in mind the kinds of activities the facility will be able to accommodate. One of the best activities for seniors is also one of the most inexpensive – birdwatching.

Birdwatching is a great solo or group activity that encourages seniors to spend time outdoors.

Though you can travel the world and walk miles birdwatching it’s also an activity that can be done in a smaller space or garden. Watching the birds that come and go in your own backyard is a great way to truly appreciate the place where you live and the season around you.

A Lazy Hill birdhouse in the courtyard of a senior center.

Localized birdwatching can boost seniors mental alertness and get them using all of their senses as they watch and wait. It also helps develop patience and relaxation as you watch and wait to see what comes by for some seed.

You can achieve this with very little cost by adding a few beautiful birdhouses and bird feeders to your grounds that can accommodate a number of bird species.

Put a few closer to the buildings and keep a few inside a garden or more wooded area to create different outdoor recreation areas.

Birdhouses and feeders also add some charm to an outdoor area and make it feel a little more like home, something that is a goal when creating a living or recreation space for seniors.

Browse through more of our birdhouses and feeders on our website to get some inspiration then setup a free design consultation to see what we can create at your home or project!

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The Perfect Gift: Bird Houses and Feeders

Finding the perfect gift every year can be stressful. But what better way to celebrate your friend or family member who loves the outdoors than a piece they can appreciate for years and years to come.

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Coppertop Mini Feeder

A great gift this holiday season is a Walpole bird house or feeder, a piece that your friends and family can enjoy all spring and summer long! Walpole bird houses and feeders come in a variety of shapes and sizes for all types of homes. We offer simple classic hanging houses and feeders to more ornate post houses and feeders depending on your taste and the look of your outdoor space.

Birds will come flocking to Walpole Outdoors products strategically placed around your yard. Our more classic birdhouses are crafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC, pre-finished white and have decorative finials. Bird feeders are crafted from clear polycarbonate and steel hardware to ensure long life. Ceramic birdbaths bring a daily splash of pleasure until your visitors fly south. And, with a handcrafted AZEK cellular PVC or cedar post, you can locate your birdhouse or feeder anywhere you choose. Houses and posts are sold separately.

Place your house or feeder within sight of a window so you can watch the beautiful birds enjoy their new outdoor space! Here are a few suggestions…

Single Family Square HousesSingle Family Square House

 

A smartly crafted house with a great deal of room inside. At home in a yard where birds are always welcome. Painted white with color accents to match your choice of faux copper or verde finished metal roof.

Small, 11 3/4″H, 8″sq. Medium, 16.”H, 10 1/2″sq.  Large, 22 1/4″H, 13 1/2″sq.

 

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Yes it is possible to enhance the charm of a classic Walpole fence. Simply add a delightful bird house, designed to fit snugly and invitingly on a 5½” sq. post. Equally appealing, of course, on a Lattice Obelisk. Painted white. Metal roof in copper or verde finish.  17½”H, 9″ sq. base.

 

 

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Birds love to eat from it but squirrels can’t. When a squirrel steps on the perch, a connection is made with a motor that makes the perch spin and the squirrel is flipped off. Unit comes equipped with rechargeable nicad battery and a recharger. 4 qt. capacity. 21″ H

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Everything For The Birds

We may be headed toward winter but there is still time to enjoy the birds!

A Lazy Hill bird house or feeder is a wonderful addition to any yard in pretty much any season. These high quality structures are stylish and durable creating a place for birds of all kinds to find food and shelter. And with a variety of styles there is a house or feeder to suit any home’s decor.

With the holiday season right around the corner Lazy Hill bird houses and feeders also make great gifts!

Bird Houses

 

Adaptation of an English dovecote with eight compartments.

Adaptation of an English dovecote with eight compartments.

Lazy Hill bird houses truly bring the charm.

Crafted in Maine from the wood alternative AZEK each house is unique, low-maintenance and beautiful.

One of our more popular birdhouses is the Lazy Hill Large Shingled Birdhouse that features a shingled roof, decorative finials and eight compartments for a family of birds.

Each house is pre-finished white and ready to be mounted on a post, railing or on your fence.

 

 

Bird Feeders

 

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The lovely Lazy Hill Square Feeder.

Our selection of bird feeders is just as wonderful.

Choose from large to small, shingled and rustic to sleek with copper or verde roofs. Each feeder has ample room for multiple birds to feed at once whether from a tube or from loose seed.

A popular selection is the lovely Lazy Hill Small Tube Bird Feeder. This smaller feeder features a 4-inch acrylic tube for dry seed with a stamped copper shingled roof and an AZEK body.

 

Shop the entire Lazy Hill collection over on our website or at any of our retail locations.

 

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