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Cool, Crazy, and Curious Tree Trivia

By |2019-09-13T08:59:12+00:00September 12th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

Trees power everything; they absorb movement from the earth and energy from the sun. We conserve energy with trees as well as converting and producing energy for human use. In essence, trees are a great big battery and continue to do give to us even after they are harvested. 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. Unlike other energy sources such as oil and coal which can be depleted and forever gone, trees are renewable and sustainable. Here at Western Timber Frame, we specialize in utilizing heavy timbers; solid wood timber shade structures, pergolas, gazebos, pavilions, arbors, and trellises creating the ultimate experience in outdoor living. ShadeScape® DIY Pergola Kit Diving Platform The ShadeScape® Series represents excellence in [...]

The Question We Get Asked Most Often

By |2019-09-04T10:30:29+00:00September 4th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

The question we get asked most often is: How well do ShadeScape® timber frame shelters hold up against the wind? This is a great question that we look forward to answering because it gives us an opportunity to talk about our passion: building timber frame structures that will last for generations to come. #SolidWoodShadeShelter ShadeScape® pavilions, pergolas and gazebos are architecturally responsibly engineered for heavy snows, seismic shifting, and strong winds. We Live in a World of Recurrent & Perpetual Motion Architectural frameworks and immobile structures are considered to be solid and immobile, yet, we live on an earth, in an environment of recurrent and perpetual motion with seismic waves of micro motion moving up and down, as well as side-to-side. Interment weather also increases [...]

24 Roof Ideas for Gazebos, Pergolas & Pavilions

By |2019-08-19T15:50:43+00:00August 16th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

The design of a roof on a timber frame pergola can really change the look and feel of the architecture which is really exciting. In many ways, it almost seems like the sky - not the roof- is the limit. Luckily, at Western Timber Frame™ you don’t have to just dream it in your mind as a Design Manager can give you a rendering of how that particular material or idea would look like. A roof is the uppermost part of a building that provides shelter and protection from the heat, rain, wind, a variety of weather conditions. The characteristics implemented in a roof depends upon the intended use of the architectural structure. For instance, a pergola or verandah is designed to admit only partial sunlight. A conservatory - on the other hand - has a solid glass or light emitting [...]

20 DIY Outdoor Kitchen & Bar Shelters

By |2019-08-14T11:56:41+00:00August 14th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

Designing and installing a shade shelter for an outdoor kitchen space is fast and easy with a ShadeScape® arbor, gazebo, pavilion or pergola kit. In most cases, a kit can be installed in as little as one afternoon. Life is more relaxed in the outdoors, and cooking with an outdoor kitchen bar or barbecue can add a finishing touch to your backyard entertaining space.  A timber frame shade shelter is also a practical way to maximize your space for any type of outdoor living.  For many, the backyard is a second kitchen, dining/living room or even a sleeping porch or bedroom. Arbors, pavilions, pergolas, and gazebos provide living space with a sense of enclosure while being open to the air creating an environment perfect for outdoor entertaining, particularly for an outdoor kitchen which can be [...]

Debunking Myths: Dry Rot, Wet Rot & Wood Destroying Organisms

By |2019-08-08T07:01:37+00:00August 6th, 2019|Timber and Wood|

In Awe of Mother Nature Mass timber is gathering a great deal of attention in the art, work, and business of fabricating and assembling materials into architectural edifices. Although it is recognized as an ancient building material, timber offers unique advantages and exciting new opportunities in modern architectonic applications. Advocates for timber believe it can revolutionize the building industry, and play a supporting role in the solution to climate change. Timber from the Old English initially meant "house" or "building material" and was large, squared cuts from trees. Trees have been used as a building material for all of human history and are one of our greatest natural resources. Nature shows us the wisdom in the use of real wood as one of her most steadfast, reliable materials when we observe the marvelous wonder of trees. Trees supply [...]

Daily Sunlight More Essential than Food or Sleep

By |2019-08-08T07:06:20+00:00August 1st, 2019|Pergola Kits|

When something is transfigured it becomes ELEVATED and EXCEEDINGLY more BEAUTIFUL than it was before. A glowing sunset can transfigure an entire landscape. But did you know? Witnessing the beauty of the sunrise can transfigure your entire life! It may seem to be a rather bold statement but hopefully, bear with me and you too, will be astonished and take advantage of this delightsome FREE Gift. Many families have told us that since installing their timber frame gazebo, pavilion or pergola kit they feel better, and are healthier. We love hearing it. We know nature makes us happy. And let's face it, too many people monotonously spend the majority of their time indoors staring at glowing screens in artificial lighting and breathing in stale air. TLTR Highlights • [...]

36MM Trees Lost in US Yearly – Act Now

By |2019-08-08T07:13:10+00:00July 31st, 2019|Timber and Wood|

The canopy of trees sheltering the United States is disappearing at an alarming rate. Trees are excessively being replaced by exposed surfaces, pavements, and roofs. Fires, droughts, insects, disease, tornadoes, and hurricanes are some of the reasons, but the one-factor humans can control is in sensible planning and construction. More than 80% of the US population lives in urban areas. In a study published by the US Forest Service, our country has declined by 36 million trees per year in urban and rural communities in a span over a five-year period. David Nowak, the co-author of the study, says if this change continues, "cities will become warmer, more polluted and generally more unhealthy for inhabitants." "Every time we put a road down, we put a building and we cut a tree or add a tree, it not [...]

Curved, Inverted & Radius Style Shade Shelters

By |2019-07-26T13:06:40+00:00July 25th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

In every conceivable human experience, circles and curves are omnipresent, from the sun, moon, stars, to the eyes that give us vision. Nature is filled with curvilinear shapes. With curves comes beauty and versatility that captures attention. It tends to soothe the mind bringing with it a sense of mild gentleness, gracefulness, and safety. Of course, that is not the case with all things. Ultimately, an angular chocolate bar will be preferred over a curvy predatory snake. Some studies conclude that most humans are deeply engrained to prefer curved shapes over angular shapes. However, when taking a look at the semantics for a complete meaning of aesthetic, the word aesthetic has two principle variables, composition, and complexity. Included are sub-variables such as order, symmetry, balance, proportion, and variety, etc. The concurrence of architectural literature the most appealing aesthetic experience prefers toned-down [...]

5 Build-it-Yourself Pergola Projects

By |2019-07-25T09:40:26+00:00July 19th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

ShadeScape® outdoor living pergolas, pavilions, and gazebos are designed to be fun and fast to install. First, we help you design your kit, then we ship your kit right to your door. Each kit is pre-marked and includes easy step-by-step instructions. With easy interlocking joints, your kit will be ready to just drop into place like lincoln logs. We do the hard work for you so that you can have your kit installed in as little as one afternoon. Many of our ShadeScape® clientele enjoy the satisfaction of installing an arbor, gazebo, pavilion or pergola themselves. From California, Washington, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Florida, five families share their experiences in installing their own ShadeScape® pergolas. All ShadeScape® shelter kits ship for free across the contiguous United States. When it arrives it comes on the back of large shipping or semi-truck because of [...]

Entertain in Style Outdoor Kitchen DIY Pavilion

By |2019-06-26T07:30:56+00:00June 26th, 2019|Pergola Kits|

Entertain in style with an easy to do, Woodland Series pavilion kit over an outdoor kitchen by the swimming pool. An 8000 Series ShadeScape® Kit, the vision of Design Manager Brian Thompson was installed in Scottsdale, Arizona. The pavilion provides awesome shade, to comfortably enjoy the swimming pool at all times, especially in the heat of the day. The Woodland Series is a new addition to Western Timber Frame™ ShadeScape® pavilion kits. Todays featured kit is showcased with the TimberVolt® power post that makes it easy to light up the outdoors beautifully at night. Check out the pictures we were sent with the evening lights on. ShadeScape® DIY Woodland Pavilion Plan Specs Structure Type: Pavilion Project Type: Freestanding Structure Style: Traditional Wood Type: Douglas Fir Timber Size: 8000 Series Stain: Natural Beam Profile: Axis Knee Brace: Standard Knee [...]