Custom Enclosures For Unique Spaces

Sometimes a standard structure just isn’t what you are looking for. Your home, business or development is a unique space and deserves an enclosure that will both stand out and blend in as well as suit your specific needs.

Custom Color Chatham Shower Enclosure Kit in East Falmouth, MA

Custom Color Chatham Shower Enclosure Kit in East Falmouth, MA

Enclosures can be utilized for a myriad of reasons – to conceal garbage cans or outdoor equipment, conceal outdoor storage, create a safer space for gardening or composting or as a barrier for a beautiful new outdoor shower. Whatever the need, we can build it.

One of the most popular enclosures for residential spaces is outdoor shower enclosures. An outdoor shower is ideal for a home by the beach or with a pool or hot tub that sees a lot of activity – but they are great for any home if you want to shower under the stars! Outdoor showers keep the chlorine, sand and dirt outdoors throughout the summer so you don’t have to worry about damaging the interior of your home after using the pool or swimming in the ocean.

Outdoor shower enclosures can be purchased in standard kit form or custom built by Walpole design experts. Both options are designed with beauty and function in mind and will last season after season.

Consider what you might stow away securely under your deck and you will see how beneficial lattice screening would be.

Consider what you might stow away securely under your deck and you will see how beneficial lattice screening would be.

Many of our other popular enclosures involve concealment. Walpole offers many types of concealing enclosures from the duly-concealing board fence to lattice enclosures seen here. Each enclosure does what you need it to while still allowing easy access to the area inside. Enclosures can be built to match existing fencing and can be custom pained to blend in seamlessly with your home or business.

Take a garbage enclosure for example. These enclosures are built to house two (or more) garage bins. Not only do they conceal the bins but also protect them from pests (including raccoons) and keep them secure in the event of a storm or high winds. Not having to clean up your yard after a raccoon has gone through a bin or the wind has taken it for a spin is worth the investment itself!

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

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Cleaning Your Outdoor Structures

With the warmer weather coming in you will be spending more and more time outdoors. So naturally you will want your outdoor structures looking their best! Here are some tips to giving your outdoor structures, including fencing, a good clean to get them back to looking their best.

Wood and Natural Structures

Is your wood fencing ready for spring?

Is your wood fencing ready for spring?

If you have natural wood fencing you know that it requires a little maintenance to keep in tip-top shape. Whether your wood is natural or stained you generally clean it the same.

The first step is to make sure there is no rot or warping – no weak sections. Once you have given it a thorough inspection you can now clean it. We recommend power washing it simply with water to preserve the look. If the structure has heavy staining clean it with a solution of three-parts water to one-part bleach. This should remove the stains without damaging the wood.

 

AZEK and Cellular PVC

Cleaning your AZEK structures is easy!

Cleaning your AZEK structures is easy!

If you have an AZEK outdoor structure you know that it generally requires less upkeep than its wooden counterparts. You will want to give your AZEK structure a similar power wash with water to remove normal weather related dirt and stains.

Generally AZEK won’t stain like wood but if it has significant staining then using the three-parts water to one-part bleach solution is recommended. You can also things like Magic Erasers and Simple Green Cleaner to clean your AZEK structure if you would rather do it by hand or only have a few spots that need attention.

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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

 

A Cellular Vinyl Corbel

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!

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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