What is the Difference Between a Wood Deck and a Timber Frame Deck?

By |2022-05-13T17:35:00-06:00May 5th, 2022|Timber and Wood|

We all have something we are driven for and are good at. Often those works require particular tools or materials to accomplish that mission. Western Timber Frame specializes in free-of-heart, high-quality timber frame structures. Timber is the backbone of this company, a renewable material that empowers us to create extraordinary environments —where we take pleasure in bringing families closer together, improving their lives and relationships.  As timber and lumber are both wood, you may wonder "When is the wood classed as lumber and when is wood classed as timber? What is the difference?" And most importantly: "Why it is crucial to know?" While on the face of it timber and lumber may seem interchangeable, timber and lumber have distinct characteristics. Both serve different purposes. Wood is the product of trees once it has been felled but there are several factors that [...]

Be Inspired! — Open Air Dining Pavilion Owner Offers Others a 2nd Chance at Life!

By |2022-04-20T09:54:25-06:00April 18th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

Coming to Work With a Purpose "It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to, true service is always a component of that. And instead of giving lip service we are going to do something that enables all of the crew, associates, and staff to wake up in the morning, and come to work with a purpose." Jim —Owner of TruReligion Pancake & Steakhouse Second Chances with Jim, Owner of TruReligion Pancake & Steakhouse Jim creates second chances. Timber pergola kit set up for outdoor breakfast dining. True service is true religion. We’re taking one homeless person, uh, or vet, or even a felon from our prisons and our streets, because they are ours. It’s pathetic in Salt lake City when you see how dire the circumstances become. We take that individual who has [...]

50 Trees Planted — for Each Average-Sized Pergola Kit!

By |2022-04-01T15:00:40-06:00March 30th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

One of the greatest actions there is to positively influence the environment is to plant a tree. Trees are hard assets that make the land fertile; which is why we are growing a legacy of tree plantations! For Every Single Average-Sized Western Timber Frame™ Pergola Kit We Have 50 Trees Planted! (On our larger than average sized ShadeScape® shelters there are even MORE trees planted.) Trees; they are essential builders of habitats and a restorer of ecosystems. And, not only in surrounding environments — every activity, function and homeostasis of the human body survives with the help of these oxygen producing timber giants. But trees do more than give us the life-giving air we breathe. Trees get rid of pollutants, clean up and filter contaminants, and improve air quality. [...]

Measuring Basics to Build Yourself an Outdoor Living Shelter

By |2022-03-03T09:14:20-07:00March 3rd, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

To begin the process of constructing a new pavilion or other type of outdoor living shelter precise measurements must be taken. The first step is to measure the size of your prospective space to determine how much room you have for your shade shelter and surrounding footprint area. Typically,  a standard shade shelter has a two-foot roof projection on all sides.  Below are the simple basics of measuring for a pavilion, arbor, gazebo or pergola kit. If you have any questions, reach out to your Design Manager. They are there to ensure your project is a success. "The instructions that come with it are very self-explanatory. I had a minor problem getting the measurements right. After a quick phone call, I got it straightened out. It was a pleasure working with Western Timber [...]

Roof Design Styles —Arbors, Cabanas, Gazebos, Pavilions & Pergolas

By |2022-02-11T12:22:11-07:00February 10th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

So, you are want a fabulous outdoor living space that beckons to come out and enjoy the sunshine every day. On an arbor, cabana, gazebo, pavilion, or pergola, the roof is the most prominent architectural feature. The design of the roof can really change the look and feel of an outdoor room; which can create an array of exciting design choices. A roof is the uppermost part of a building that provides shelter and protection from weather conditions such as heat, rain, and snow. Just The Way You Picture It The 3D ShadeScape® model pictured above is a pavilion style shelter designed for the Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The pergola style roof provides dappled lighting with the look of a pavilion that adheres to their Old-World theme. [...]

Farmers Get American Dream Come True w/Outdoor Living Entertainment Area

By |2022-01-28T15:49:04-07:00January 28th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

Every farmer I have ever met loves the outdoors! And for this farm family relaxing in a fresh living air environment is living life at its best. Today's featured shade shelter is the perfect fulfillment of this American family's dream. Kennan and Marnee delight in cooking together and having friends over for Sunday barbecues; which are why they have four grills. They went to the Salt Lake City Home and Garden show looking for a protective shade cover.  Seeing Western Timber Frame’s ShadeScape® structures, they were impressed with the quality and beauty. Marnee: “We went to the home show and we were just looking for a 10’ x 10’ structure. Western Timber Frame was there and they had a beautiful display. We met a one of their Design guys there and he [...]

Tuscany Style Pergola Kit w/Fire Pit Timber Frame Trellis

By |2022-01-26T11:08:42-07:00January 26th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

Great architecture can be viewed around the world, but viewing fine workmanship up close is at its apex when it's in your own backyard. Best of all, it is where you enjoy it, any and every day.  Molding an outdoor area into a family gathering place is easier than one might think. Western Timber Frame™ ShadeScape® timber frame shelter kits are not big box store cookie cutter kits that would have to come as is. Instead, each timber frame kit is specifically fit to the specific landscape and needs of the homeowner. The color and style is built to compliment and harmonize with the established residence or business.Today's featured project is a Tuscany Style, 8000 Series, ShadeScape® Pergola kit with Alpine white posts showcasing the same dimensional pattern as is displayed on the home. The pergola is the perfect place to gather for pool time shade, relaxation and eating [...]

Simple Basics for Pergola Foundation, Footings & Screw Piles

By |2022-01-27T15:51:30-07:00January 25th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

It is imperative, —as we instinctively know— for every building project to have an architecturally responsible foundation. The importance of a solid foundation is so deeply ingrained in us that it is often used in similes to represent stoutness and stability. For example, childhood has been labelled as the foundational years; our core beliefs are said to be the foundation for our actions, behaviors, and decisions. And as sampled here, there are a plethora of quotes: "Keystone habits are the foundation of success." - Charles Duhigg Completing the foundation correctly is a most essential aspect to the durability of your entire project. Along with established support it provides a level platform, bears and spreads out the weight, prevents settling, as well as holds against wind. Here we cover some of the simple basics of foundations, footings and [...]

Time in a Pergola

By |2022-01-12T16:54:39-07:00January 11th, 2022|Timber Pergolas|

The outdoor living area is where I travel through time, journey the world, and discover new things. It is where I look through books and the computer —all while kicking back on my pergola swing. Or enjoying other things, similar to the Leary family's children pictured here —slowly savoring a cup of delicious hot chocolate. For the grand kids, it is a favorite place to play and host their birthday. Time with family, friends, or in solitude outdoors brings a lot of pleasure. Today, where I am, is a particularly gorgeous sunny day in January. The sunlight is amplified by the fact that between January 2nd and January 5th the earth is as close as it gets in proximity to the Sun. Time is something many of us take for granted. It just exists. And yet, back in [...]

WINTER — Start Now to Glow-Up Your Surroundings

By |2021-12-29T19:17:26-07:00December 29th, 2021|Pavilion Kits|

Now, is the best time to start a project, soak up the winter sunshine and glow-up your outdoor surroundings with a well-planned arbor, gazebo, pavilion, pergola, or trellis. December, January, and a bit into February is the quieter season — not as in demand, simply because many people don't realize what they can do to improve their landscape during the colder season. Early American Style ShadeScape® pergola kit installed in the month of January. Contemporary Style ShadeScape® pergola kit being installed in the wintertime. Whether you are into the more rustic look or set on a sleek, modern style landscape pressure-treated timbers will do it well. But first things first —how do you envision utilizing your landscape? From a smaller project to a massive scaled structure, there are numerous architectural possibilities with [...]

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