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Cloned Males Declining “Untidy” Females & More Tree Facts of Life

By |2020-12-03T22:34:15-07:00December 3rd, 2020|Pergola Kits|

Since the dawn of time trees hold significance. The awe-inspiring gifts we receive from them every day are immeasurable. At Western Timber Frame, we specialize in utilizing heavy timbers; solid wood timber shade structures, pergolas, gazebos, pavilions, arbors, and trellises to give families the ultimate experience in everyday outdoor living. Working with wood, especially on a massive scale, we are continually reminded of the authenticity of these botanical blessings that build our world and invoke health and spirituality. Discover some cool, crazy, and curious facts about tree life around this fascinating earth. 390-Years-Old Pear Tree Bears Fruit! A pear sapling was brought across the Atlantic ocean and planted in the 1630s by John Endecott, the Bay Colony Governor of Massachusetts. This was the very first cultivated tree to be planted by European settlers here in America. When [...]

Smart Pavilion Pergola Design — Shade & Sunlight Correlation

By |2020-11-19T14:19:43-07:00November 19th, 2020|Pergola Kits|

Your yard is the presentation of your home. Landscaping with architecture is the perfect way to create a more pristine landscape. For some, it is a welcoming storefront, extension of a business or recreational space. Light and shade also play a role in how inviting an atmosphere feels within the surroundings. On the earth, there is nothing more important than the sun. The sun warms the sea while its life-giving light embraces you with warmth and glory. It generates weather patterns, your sleep patterns —gives energy to plants, providing you with food and oxygen. The UV rays of this magnificent ball of fire helps your body make nutrients and take in minerals which is vital to your blood cells, bones, and immune system. Measuring the amount of sun exposure to your home, landscape or garden before you consider your protective covering is [...]

Add Curve Appeal to Multipurpose Outdoor Living Shelter

By |2020-11-12T15:21:01-07:00November 12th, 2020|Pergola Kits, Timber Pergolas|

We "fall in love" with the families we get to build for and we work to give them only what they really need. This means asking key questions to help reveal their desires: How do I want to use your space? How many people will it regularly serve? Are there existing elements you would you like to incorporate? If you could, what would you make differently? What is most important to you? Shade shelters are not just for shade; they are multipurpose living areas and the way each family uses their backyard living area differs. And as varying as people are in how they want to spend their time, people also have different ideas of what their personal space should feel like for them. All ShadeScape® kits are designed to meet the needs of each homeowner —fitting their landscape and area the way that best suits [...]

How You Can Create a Private Getaway at Home, Fast & Easy! — Like This Family Did

By |2020-10-26T14:30:36-06:00October 21st, 2020|Pergola Kits|

Embracing the outdoors with the touch, color and warmth of timber helps people to reconnect to the earth and recharge their energies. We all need time to "prune our feathers" —to keep ourselves at our best. Landscaping with ShadeScape® timber frame structures makes it fast and easy to create a your own personal hideaway — a luxury "nesting place." Love is the most powerful energy in the universe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." The truth of this statement is especially perceptible in our ShadeScape® family —the Conners. The Conner family wanted to really make use of their backyard and to do that meant —creating a place where they could relax in privacy. This is their forever home —because it is where all the sweet memories of their precious daughter Cadee [...]

Evermore Park Gazebo, Pavilions & Pergolas w/Aged Wood Timbers

By |2020-10-26T10:17:51-06:00October 13th, 2020|Timber Pergolas|

Our Western Timber Frame fellow timber-wrights and other skilled personnel enjoyed our numerous structures and had a great time together at Evermore Park. Evermore is an Old World, European Gothic styled park located in Pleasant Grove, Utah! And seeing everyone in costume was so much fun. Come along and enjoy our party with us.  Check out some of the highlights with rustic timbers, aged wood and old-world timber frame shelters! The Gothic eye-catching style had its beginnings in Romanesque architecture and fundamentally may feature some of these primary characteristics: • Steep pitched and front facing gables • Chimneys grouped together • Pointed Arches • Leaded glass • Quatrefoil and clover shaped windows • Oriel windows • Asymmetrical floor plans • Wood trim bargeboards Plan for Gothic Style Cottage with [...]

Your GUIDE to EASY Build HEAVY-Duty CANTILEVER Pergolas – Pavilions – Trellises

By |2020-09-16T13:14:29-06:00September 16th, 2020|Timber Pergolas|

TRADITIONAL Old-World Craftsmanship For centuries Dovetail mortise joints have been used for wood-to-wood joinery. We have used dovetail mortise and tenon joinery on our pergolas and pavilion for many years, and our customers can attest to the strength and durability of The Dovetail Difference® —a patented design of Western Timber Frame™. With a thorough understanding of load paths and design properties, well-seasoned timbers with the mortise and tenon joint systems have supported wide open spaces —including cathedral ceilings, great rooms in castles, commercial constructions, expanded bridges and more —structures have lasted for centuries —sometimes millenniums. CANTILEVERED ShadeScape® Shade Shelters A cantilevered shelter is not a fit for every outdoor living environment. There are however, many possibilities in adding a cantilevered roof on an outdoor shade shelter. This simple step-by-step informational guide may help you decide if a [...]

25 Patio & Deck Dining Shelters | From Classic to Taj Mahal

By |2020-09-04T22:01:46-06:00September 4th, 2020|Pergola Kits|

Eat Out Every Day Enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors and the opportunity to dine Al fresco under the protective shelter of a timber ShadeScape® pavilion or pergola kit.  A formal dinner or a casual picnic with family or friends tastes even better beneath the cooling timber beams providing a place where you can retreat to any and every day. Why We Should Eat Dinner Outside Together Often The dining room is not just reserved for meals but is invariably the gem of meaningful time together. Eating together is an integral part of family life —often it is the happiest part of the day. A meal together is respite from the hurry of everyday life —the leaving behind of individual pursuits or quotidian distractions. Regular, shared meals is the chance to have relaxed conversation, with chats often leading to [...]

70 Design Tips & Ideas for Garden Arbors & Trellises

By |2020-10-23T10:10:47-06:00August 25th, 2020|Timber Pergolas|

Spark some ingenious ideas of your own as you collect some inspiration from our years of our experience designing and building thousands of DIY trellis and arbor ShadeScape® kits. Whether it is simple or complex, here are over 100 garden arbor and trellis design ideas and layout tips to create a more spectacular landscape. Add Outdoor Power to Your Trellis or Arbor Western Timber Frame™ outdoor ShadeScape® wood arbors and trellises can be pre-drilled with a hole down the center of one post to accommodate any and all of your electrical and lighting needs. Trellised Step Walls Form walls in a single chain or a combination of multiple stepped segments. The options will depend some, upon the parameters set by the existing landscape —e.g. a terrace, embankment or dip-slope. Trellis walls [...]

2-Story Pergola Deck — 2x the Outdoor Living Space

By |2020-08-10T18:16:24-06:00August 10th, 2020|Timber Pergolas|

At Western Timber Frame, we specialize in utilizing heavy timbers; solid wood timber shade structures, pergolas, gazebos, pavilions, arbors, and trellises to create the ultimate experience in outdoor living. Our 2-story shade shelters are uniquely playful, much like a treehouse. You could say, we have a special love for trees. That love, I think is a love we all share —as every single person has the same DNA as the DNA of a tree. When a tree breathes it needs us. When we breathe we need what the tree exhales. It is trees that give us the energy to walk, talk and breathe, not to mention the thousands of foods, medicines and other wonderful products we use single every day. This may be why so many of us once dreamed or still dream of our own treehouse —a personal getaway with an aerial view. However, not [...]

2-Tone Step Pergola Kit w/Radius Roof Mirroring Pavers

By |2020-07-29T09:24:38-06:00July 28th, 2020|Timber Pergolas|

People are most comfortable when they are in surroundings and with people they feel the most connected to. We have what are called mirror neurons that “mirrors” the behaviors of others, unconsciously matching other’s emotions. We anticipate others movements —especially when we are on the “same side”, in sympathy or agreement with each other. When we are listening or the one telling a story people mirror each other’s brain activity —both participating in the communication conundrum —as though the observer is acting, too. The human creation is a social being whose soul is nurtured even by the simplest of gestures —it can be fueled by the twinkle of the eye, a "good morning" in the hallway, even in the hint of a smile. No matter how hard-pressed a day is, even the smallest of trivial courtesies can lighten or kindle an appreciative heart. Being awake to [...]