Project Spotlight: Public School Pergola

These public school pergolas are great for students and teachers alike.

These public school pergolas are great for students and teachers alike.

Parents, teachers, and administrators alike are delighted that arriving pupils can stay comfortable even on rainy mornings under the solid roof covering of an impressive expanse of pergola. Substantial supporting columns atop stone bases add to the pleasing architectural design.

On the other side of the building high-schoolers can chill in an outdoor area not far from classrooms and the demands of a rigorous curriculum. This inviting seating area is defined by an extra-long custom pergola. A smart feature is the pergola’s solid roof, providing shelter no matter the weather.

For generations, Walpole has worked with builders, developers, and architects to create custom outdoor structures to exacting specifications and style demands. Today, our custom pergolas are handcrafted in low maintenance, long-wearing cellular PVC.

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Underneath the pergola.

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The expansive pergola on the front portion of the building.

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Pergola covering a seating area.

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This pergola provides shade for students when they are enjoying the outdoor seating area.

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Planning Your Outdoor Space

The ground might be frozen solid and snow may still be in the forecast but you can still get started planning your warm weather outdoor space. Before even breaking ground getting an idea of what you want out of an outdoor space is crucial. Do you need seating? Do you do a lot of cooking? Do you have a pool?

Define The Space

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Whether rinsing off from a day at the beach or from tending your garden, there’s nothing more refreshing than a summertime outdoor shower.

If you are someone who loves to entertain then you probably want ample space for guests and plenty of seating. Outdoor furniture and a defined seating area are important aspects of the space for this use.

If you have a pool you might want something shaded to keep cool and perhaps an outdoor shower to minimize walks through the house. Think about the space and what kind of use it gets the most.

If you cook you might want to create a shaded pergola space with an outdoor kitchen!

Measure And Plan The Main Structure

A picturesque pergola.

A picturesque pergola.

A great place to start planning is by measuring and deciding on the focal point first. Think about what you need and map it out.

If you add a pergola how much space can you accommodate? What style suits your home? Planning the largest aspect of the space first will give you a more realistic idea of how much your space can handle.

 

Talk To A Professional

This sag harbor setup is perfect for endless summer relaxation.

This sag harbor setup is perfect for endless summer relaxation.

If you don’t know exactly what your options are you can always consult a professional.

The professionals at Walpole Outdoors are happy to work with you to determine what your space needs and what would best suit your personal style.

Professionals can also tell you more on construction, materials and durability to make your decision sound. Schedule a Free Design Consultation to start talking with an expert now!

 

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Photo Gallery – Kit Pergolas

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Outdoor 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.

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A kit pergola could be just what your backyard needs.

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?

 

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

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.

 

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Lovely Lantern – Photo Gallery

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3 Hearty Houseplants To Liven Up Your Space

There is nothing quite as invigorating as being surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. But how can you create that same feeling inside your home?

Not all plants are ideal for inside the home. Many plants and flowers require a great deal of sunlight which can be difficult indoors even next to a window. Luckily not all plants require so much sun. Here are a few that make great indoor plants…

Philodendron

Create an indoor oasis that will thrive!

Create an indoor oasis that will thrive!

This hearty green is a very popular houseplant for good reason. This vine thrives in low-light meaning it will grow pretty much whatever room it lives in.

You can plant philodendron in a pot or get creative and have the vines grow on indoor structures – like an indoor lattice panel – or add it to a hanging basket! This is a hearty plant that really allows you to get creative without killing it.

 

Spider Plant

Spider Plant (left) is a great plant for inside the home.

You don’t even need to see a photo of this one to imagine how it looks. Spider plants are another super common houseplant that can grow almost anywhere and chances are, you’ve seen one before.

This plant grows long thin leaves in green and yellow with runners on the ends that grow smaller plants. These look especially great in containers like decorative pots and fun hanging planters.

 

Palms

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Palms make great plants for any room.

There a a myriad of palm varieties and many of them make great houseplants. A palm is a great plant if you are looking for something with a little drama.

These plants can grow up to four feet tall but there are shorter varieties if that suits your style more.

Taking care of them is a breeze – they only require water when the soil feels dry and need very little light to thrive.

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Commercial Outdoor Lighting Solutions

One of the most popular items this time of year is lighting – lanterns, landscape lighting and so on. Many locations outside your business or home could use some good lighting for safety and enjoyment.

Illuminated Pergola Beams

Self-anchoring rooftop pergola with recessed lighting in Boston.

Self-anchoring rooftop pergola with recessed lighting in Boston.

If you have a pergola or outdoor space like a pavilion or covered patio you would probably like to use it more often past August. These spaces are perfect candidates for new or additional lighting.

You can choose to install recessed lighting when you are constructing the structure or add a few mounted lanterns after the fact – either way you are extending the life of your outdoor spaces. This is especially important for bars and restaurants that have outdoor seating and don’t want valuable seating space to go to waste once the sun sets before 7.

 

Landscape Lighting

LED landscape lighting illuminates the front of this home.

LED landscape lighting illuminates the front of this home.

If you want to add some substantial lighting to the exterior of your home LED landscape lighting is your best bet. This lighting dramatically transforms your home and yard after dark with energy efficient fixtures.

This kind of all-over lighting is also great for home safety deterring burglars and making it easier for guests to see ground level hazards on their way to the door. if you own a business this kind of lighting is essential to keep your exterior noticeable to passersby even after you have closed for the evening.

 

Lantern and Post Lighting

The Arlington Pillar Post topped with a Beacon lantern.

The Arlington Pillar Post topped with a Beacon lantern.

A truly functional and versatile way to add some light to your home is with a classic lantern. Whether mounted to your home or on a decorative post lanterns are an efficient, stylish and timeless lighting solution. Light up your front walkway with a classic post-mounted lantern and bring the light to the doorway with a complementing side-mounted lantern beside the front door. The options and uses are pretty endless.

Aside from the classic entry uses lanterns can provide light pretty much anywhere you want them to. Many customers choose to add lanterns to fence posts to illuminate walk and driveway gates and signs as well as to draw attention to beautiful container gardens or structures like arbors and pergolas. Classic or contemporary in a variety of finishes it’s impossible not to find the perfect lantern for your home or business.

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Let There Be Light!

Lexington Side Mount Lantern

Add some stylish light to your home! At Walpole Outdoors we have a large catalogue of lanterns in every style imaginable. Add one to a post at the end of your driveway or at your front door for safety or simply add them for their timeless beauty! With choices that include every kind of mounting, you are sure to find the perfect lantern for your home.

Here are a few of our favorite lantern varieties to make your search a little bit easier!

Whitney Post Mount: Created in New Hampshire with durability and function. These lights compliment any style base from the roughness of granite to the smooth finish of a formal pillar post.

Augusta Side Mount: Copper Bronze Finish with beveled glass. Available in two sizes. On large size top arm bracket can be removed and over all height would be 23″.

Classic Side Mount Lantern: A traditional lantern style in two finishes and clear, curved, beveled glass. This side mount lantern offered in one size: 10″W, 20″.

San Clemente Side Mount: Contemporary lantern offered in a Copper Bronze finishes and two sizes. Cast aluminum ornaments and bound, bent and beveled clear glass.

Lincoln Post Mount: Large estate lantern designed and hand made in New Hampshire for Walpole Woodworkers by Northeast Lanterns. Solid brass and copper.

Vidalia Onion Post Mount: A New England favorite onion lantern with clear glass. Four color choices – three brass finishes and a natural copper. Due to manufacturer’s product change this lantern is sold with a single medium socket (not the 3 candelabras pictured).

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Bringing Life To Your Winter Landscape

Winter is a dark and cold time – but it doesn’t have to be a downer. Adding life to your yard or winter garden isn’t as hard as you think and can be done in a span of only a few hours (or in the summer if you like to plan ahead). Here are a few ideas to consider…

 

Use Your Hardscapes

A beautiful lattice panel stands out in the snow.

A beautiful lattice panel stands out in the snow.

Getting anything to grow outside in the winter is impossible – so lean into it! Focus on utilizing the non-living aspects of your yard or garden. Structures like fencing, arbors, pergolas, statues and more are striking in the warm months and can continue to be eye catching in the winter.

Show off these structures with lights either strung around the beams or with a ground level spotlight pointed in its direction. You can also add evergreens and hearty berry plants to create a pop of color during the daytime. You can also add some decorations when appropriate.

 

Use Planters Everywhere

A planter displays a lovely winter arrangement.

A planter displays a lovely winter arrangement.

You can create some beautiful displays in planters, even during the winter months. You can grab your warm weather planters from storage and fill them with evergreens, grasses and berries to create beautiful cold weather arrangements. You can also add colorful bows and light elements to bring even more life into the arrangement.

If you don’t want to go crazy just adding some evergreens is still perfectly lovely. Use these at your entryway, lantern posts and  key focal points in your yard – be careful around mailboxes because the closer to the street the more likely they will be hit by plows.

 

 

Plan Ahead

Next year consider adding a little winter prep to your normal gardening routine. Think about what kinds of plants can thrive in the cold and use those in your spring and summer gardens with your normal plants. Look for plants that are hearty greens and produce colorful berries.

 

 

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Small Touches: Mailboxes & Mail Posts

Small additions to your home or yard can make a huge impact in how you see your space. One of the best little changes you can make is adding a quality mailbox and mail post. A sturdy and classically designed post will be seen by everyone including you every time you check your mail. So why not enjoy that 60 seconds everyday?

Mailboxes and posts also make the perfect gift because it’s essentially one-size suits all and it’s something that every homeowner needs. The only thing you need to know is the recipients style and home number if you want to add some additional lettering.

The Liberty Mail Post

Our most popular post has letter perfect style.

The most popular of our mail posts is the Liberty Post. The post is crafted in low-maintenance natural wood and wood alternative material AZEK™ and can withstand any kind of inclement weather.

The Liberty Mail Post is beautiful in simplicity and compliments a number of different exterior styles. You can also choose from white, cream, and verde green finishes to better suit your individual style.

Premium Aluminum Mailbox

Will meet your stamp of approval, even near the ocean.

Will meet your stamp of approval, even near the ocean.

What would go better with your new Liberty Mail Post than a brand new Aluminum Mailbox? Our Premium Aluminum Mailbox is just one of the mailbox varieties we offer but one of the most popular.

The aluminum and stainless steel mailbox comes in black, burgundy, desert sand, green, navy blue and white. No matter what color you choose your mailbox will be handcrafted with strength and durability for years to come.

You can find a number of other classic styles in both mailboxes and mailbox posts on our website or in any of our Walpole Outdoors showrooms and partner locations.

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