Handcrafted Post Caps & Finials

In addition to crafting beautiful custom fencing Walpole Outdoors also specializes in creating decorative post caps and finials. Whether you choose something classic like a Sphere Finial or Acorn Finial or a custom design it will be handcrafted in our Maine facility out of our durable wood-alternative AZEK material.

Take a look at how these pieces are crafted in the video below!

 

Custom Finials: The Linden House

One of the many post caps that were replicated.

One of the many post caps that were replicated.

We also specialize in recreating and updating historical designs like we did at the Linden House in Washington, D.C.

The Linden House is the oldest all natural wood residence in D.C. The house itself originated in Boston and was shipped to Washington D.C. in the early 1900’s and rebuilt. The house has weathered many storms and today is a lovely three story home with solid oak varied plank floors and multiple fireplaces.

When replicating the historic design of the exterior the fence and gate fabrication was made to exact dimensions but crafted in a wood-alternative material to last longer. The home features a number of unique post caps and finials that were replicated to exact dimensions to preserve the beauty of the original home.

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Things To Do Around The House (While You’re Stuck There)

Home is where the heart is – it’s also where everyone is! If the stress of the news has you feeling blue you need something to take your mind off it. These at-home chores and tasks will give your day some much needed substance while also creating a more pleasant space to be in.

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It is just barely spring but you can still get to work with that spring cleaning! A top to bottom cleaning of the home will make your home look great as well as give you a little peace of mind.

Start in the kitchen with a full refrigerator and stove/oven cleaning. These are normal tasks people hate because they are involved and take time but you will be so happy once it is done. Going through and cleaning other major appliances is also a great way to really get  your home in tip-top shape.

 

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Another true undertaking is a full closet clean out. Find all of your clothes, and we mean ALL of them and assemble them in a room. Go through each item, try things on and evaluate whether you should keep or ditch. If you have some near new items you can try and sell them on secondhand apps and websites but otherwise any thrift store or charity would love to have them.

Once you have gone through everything you now have the opportunity to fully reorganize! Maybe re-do your drawers like Marie Kondo? Maybe you’ve always wanted to have a color coordinated closet? Now is the time! Make it fun – listen to some music, a podcast or audiobook while you work.

 

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Now is the time to really get your yard in shape for the spring and summer season. Your outdoor tasks will depend on your specific yard and whether or not you have a landscaper but there is always something that can be done!

Getting rid of the branches and leaves left over from winter is a great way to get started. If you have the supplies on hand you can also replant or fertilize the grass, trim bushes and small trees and get the garden area started for planting when the weather gets a bit warmer.

You can also take this time to clean your structures! Whether you have wood or AZEK (or any other vinyl) your fence or pergola would love a good cleaning.

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Green Thumb: How To Start Seeds Indoors

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You don’t have to wait for the temperatures to rise to get started on your spring garden. Many gardeners, beginners and experts, start planting seeds during the winter to get their gardens going right away when the weather is right.

Starting your seeds indoors can be a great way to ensure you get the most out of your garden this year. How can you do it? We break it down into a few easy steps.

1. Plan What You Want To Plant

The first and biggest step is to decide what you are planting this year before you start. Many flowers and greens do well when the seeds are started indoors but you have to make sure you check if your fruit and vegetable choices are suitable. Some vegetables should not be started indoors and can be very difficult to move if you make that mistake. Check out a planting calendar or other resources from the Farmers Almanac to make good choices from the start.

2. Gather Materials

The next step is to plan out what you need and hit the store! First you will obviously need seeds but then grab some potting soil or ideally some seed starting mix and pots or containers with drainage holes. Making sure your seedlings have good drainage is a must!

3. Plant Your Seeds

Once you have your materials you can start to plant your seeds. While planting keep in mind that you will be moving these seedlings outside in a few weeks so make sure they aren’t too deep or in a difficult to transition container. Check the instructions and recommendations for the specific seeds to see how deep they should be planted but a good rule of thumb is to plant them 3x as deep as they are wide.

4. Care For Them

For the first few weeks keep your seeds moist and in a warm place. Make sure they are regularly watered but not saturated. Once they sprout you will want to move them to a location near a window that has ample sunlight. You can also use fluorescent lamps as supplemental lighting if you don’t have a ton of natural light. During this stage it is best they are kept somewhere on the cool side.

5. ‘Harden Them Off’ Then Plant Outside

When it looks your seedlings will be moving outdoors prepare them for their new location by ‘hardening them off.’ This simply means cut off fertilizer and water them less often so they can get used to the conditions of the outdoors. A few days before you permanently transplant them keep them outdoors so they can acclimate.

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New Touches For Spring

Spring is approaching and what better way to welcome it than with a little home refresh? Making small updates to your homes’ exterior can give your home an updates look while boosting curb appeal.

Lattice Additions

 

Custom Lattice Panel with Sailboat Motif – Narragansett, RI

Custom Lattice Panel with Sailboat Motif – Narragansett, RI

Lattice panels are a great way to dress up an empty space. Whether that space is in your yard, garage, pergola, barn, porch or on your home there are a variety of panels to fit.

Lattice panels look great hanging from an empty space on your home whether they have climbing plants on them or not. You can go for a basic rectangular lattice panel, something with simple curves or something entirely custom!

This lattice panel is a lovely custom creation attached to a pergola. Not only is it expansive but features a charming sailboat motif at the center.

 

Updated Railings

 

Chestnut Hill Picket and Custom Victorian Porch Railing, Simsbury, CT

Chestnut Hill Picket and Custom Victorian Porch Railing, Simsbury, CT

How are your exterior railings looking right now? Maybe they are a little boring. Maybe they aren’t in the best shape. Now is the time to give them a much needed spring makeover!

Our railings are crafted in AZEK cellular PVC which will give you the look and texture of wood without that eventual splitting or decaying. Your new railings will last you years and always look amazing.

You can choose something classic like the well-loved Jamestown Railing or something a with a little more intricate style like the Chippendale Railing.

 

Architectural Elements

 

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A set of Cellular Vinyl Corbels

Don’t want to add a lot? Simple architectural elements can give your home a fresh look.

Depending on which areas of your home you would like to enhance and what kind of style the structure is you can add a number of different decorative touches like dentils, corbels, fascia boards and raised window panels.

These simple touches can improve the look of your home more than you think!

 

 

Browse through additional architectural elements on our website! Get in touch by calling 866-941-7540 or fill out our form for a free consultation and we will help you get your dream backyard for 2020.

 

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A Matter of Style: Lanterns

A Hammond Post and Montgomery Lanterns light up this home.

A Hammond Post and Montgomery Lanterns light up this home.

Decorating the exterior of your home is not just about style – it’s about functionality and durability. When attaching something to your home or securing a post to your yard you want to make sure it is both aesthetically pleasing and something that will last through winds of summer and snow of winter.

When it comes to outdoor lighting style and quality are key elements in making a decision. Luckily all of Walpole Outdoors’ products are made to the highest quality so all you have to do is select the perfect style for your home.

As the days get shorter outdoor lighting is going to be something that is more and more necessary. There is no better time than now to find and install a brand new outdoor lighting unit.

Walpole Outdoors boasts a great selection of copper, bronze, and brass lanterns that appeal to traditional, historic, and contemporary styles. Styles and materials come in a variety of post mount, side mount, and hanging options in a selection of heights and widths.

Here are a few of our favorites…

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The Monroe Post Mount Lantern.

The Hammond Lantern Post and Lexington Lantern.

The Hammond Lantern Post and Adams Lantern.

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The Jefferson Post Mount Lantern.

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The Taft Post Mount Lantern.

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The Lincoln Post Mount Lantern.

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Project Spotlight: Country Club Pergola, Bay Shore NY

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Crafted by Walpole in low maintenance AZEK, this spectacular custom six-column pergola at the 140-acre Southward Ho Country Club smartly defines a poolside seating area.

Measuring 50’ 9” long by 19’ 4” wide overall, the pergola has 6 substantial Darien square posts 9 feet high by 8” square with a 4” galvanized steel core assembly.  The carrying beams are 4 1/2″ by 12” thick, the laths are 1” by 3 ½”, and the joists are 1 ½” by 7 ¼”. The beams and joists have end cut details and the joists are notched onto the beams. Prior to installation, the Pergola was factory finished at Walpole with two coats of a Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint that comes with a 25-year warranty.

This pergola installation adds immense versatility to the space providing patrons with a shady area to enjoy the outdoors in the spring, summer and into the fall. It also adds architectural interest to a largely flat and open space.

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This expansive custom pergola defines the seating area next to the pool.

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Patrons can enjoy the outdoors with shade and style.

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This flat space is transformed with a smart and classic pergola.

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Let There Be Light!

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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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Amazing Outdoor Kitchens

Key West with Champagne Finish Outdoor Kitchen

A great way to really embrace the outdoors is to bring all the functionality of the kitchen poolside! An outdoor kitchen is more than just a grill – it is a beautifully crafted kitchen area complete with beautiful cabinets for storage and plenty of counter space to create the perfect meal.

Danver Outdoor Kitchens can meet any homeowners needs. European-style frameless cabinetry meets today’s demand for top quality, fully functional outdoor living rooms and entertaining areas.

Designer colors and wood grain powder-coat finishes – applied directly to modular stainless steel – can match the color scheme of your outdoor furniture or home’s interior. A wide selection of door styles helps you create a kitchen that perfectly complements your taste and lifestyle. Choices in cabinet sizes accommodate any kitchen footprint or layout. Danver also distributes American-made grills, refrigeration, and specialty cooking appliances to personalize your space even more.

Urban Outdoor Kitchen

Urban Outdoor Kitchen

Urban and rural landscapes or rooftops and multi-family spaces, the location of your outdoor living space is no longer a concern, as the color and style options available to you enhance your dream design to perfection.

Mix and match stainless appliances with one of our many woodgrain or powder coat finishes for a custom look unique to your personal style. Add a custom handle of your choice to complete the design.

This fence is part of a Public Television This Old House renovation undertaken in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood in 2014. An urban outdoor kitchen is afforded privacy and exceptional style by a Walpole inlaid lattice courtyard fence in Verde green.

Rooftop Kitchen Space

Rooftop Kitchen installation.

No backyard? Limited space? Combine your rooftop seating area with an outdoor kitchen and you’ve crafted the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining anytime.

Walpole Outdoors offers top-rate Danver Outdoor Kitchens with choice of grills, burners, sinks, refrigeration, bar centers, and more. Cabinetry options can create the look and feel of what matters to you most in outdoor entertainment and lifestyle. This rooftop kitchen, in a special order color option, is sleek, finished, and professional with a Hampton door style.

 

Browse through additional styles and outdoor kitchen installations for inspiration on our website! Get in touch by calling 866-941-7540 or fill out our form for a free consultation and we will help you get your dream backyard for 2020.

 

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Anyone who loves their home will love a gift from Walpole Outdoors! Aside from our large scale custom creations like fences and pergolas we also offer some great smaller items that will bring a little extra joy to any home.

 

Birdhouses & Feeders

 

The Lazy Hill Large Shingled Birdhouse.

The Lazy Hill Large Shingled Birdhouse.

A birdhouse or feeder is a great gift because it always fits! A beautiful bird structure is a great addition to the backyard of any home, bird enthusiasts and novices alike. One of our most popular is the Lazy Hill Large Shingled House. This house is and adaptation of an English dovecote and has ample room for several birds. The recipient can install it anywhere they like and watch as birds flock to it!

If you would rather gift a feeder try the Lazy Hill Loretta Feeder. This feeder features a lovely shingled roof and elegant arched openings.

 

Planters & Window Boxes

 

A Rockport Square Planter all done up for the holidays!

A Rockport Square Planter all done up for the holidays!

Another great way to show someone you care this holiday season is with a simple planter or window box. Regardless of their style these pieces will fit right in. Each can be transformed with arrangements and seasonal decor.

One of our favorites is the classic Rockport Square Planter, available in black and white. This planter is the perfect size for a number of locations around the exterior of a home including right beside the door.

If you would rather gift a window box you can’t go wrong with the Bullnose Window Box. This is a great white box with a clean smooth surface.

 

Mailbox & Post

 

The Liberty Mail Post makes a great gift.

The Liberty Mail Post makes a great gift.

What better gift for a new homeowner than a mailbox and post? Walpole mailboxes add class and curb appeal to thousands of homes all over the US.

Start by choosing from a number of post designs like the popular Liberty Mail Post or the Dover Mail Post. Next choose a mailbox like the Aluminum Strongbox or go for something with a little more modern style like the Copper Mailbox.

 

 

Find more gift ideas over on Pinterest!

 

 

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