The purpose of a cabana is to be sumptuously pampered. Imagine an exquisite resort-style cabana getaway — reserved and available anytime — just for you.
Timber frame ShadeScape® cabana kits are the elite in luxury protective living shelters serving numerous avenues for home, business, and recreational avenues. It is engineered with wood-to-wood connections and a state of the art design called The Dovetail Difference® — creating a shelter that is unsurpassed in strength and durability.
Cabanas Around the World
Around the world, the word “cabana” can mean several things. Cabana is a capital city in Peru, a municipality in Cuba, Honduras and Spain; an ancient lake in South America, and an island off the coast of Portugal. It is also a brand of cigar, fast-food restaurant chain, passenger train, servant, server, prison, museum, as well as a U.S. warship. Cabana is even a surname. Generally, cabanas refer to a secret hideaway, romantic getaway, airy sanctuary, or a cozy kiosk.
Based on its Spanish origins, a Cabana or Cabaña is a cabin, enclosure, hut or shelter traditionally built of wood. Wood is beautiful but it also the best material for bodily comfort. Solid wood has an inherent built-in natural thermostat, warming up in the cold and cooling off in the heat. The larger the dimensional scale of the wood the better it can regulate a thermal equilibrium for the amelioration of temperature.
Interpreting the identity of a cabana — particularly here in the United States — can be as abstruse and as fascinating as our journey through the differences of gazebos and pergolas:
A gazebo can have an open pergola-style roof and yet still be an authentic gazebo.
And if that isn’t curious enough
— a pergola can feature a domed gazebo-like style roof and truly be a genuine pergola.
Discover the beautiful, weird, and unusual purposes as well as the architectural compositions, diversities, and process of construction for luxury timber cabanas.
In the United States, a cabana most often refers to a small detached bathhouse or beach house, providing shelter, a place to relax, and often as a changing room. The cabana is a small habitat enclosed with walls or curtains for recreational purposes.
Many popular pools and beach-vacation spots have permanent cabanas available for rent or package deals, made of wood, aluminum or steel. Booking cabanas have become the height of luxury for privacy and gentle living in the outdoors for American vacationers.
#ShadeScapeCabana #PoolSideCabana #CurtainedCabana
Cabanas are the ideal for traveling on an ocean liner, enjoying a beach, a swimming pool, lake, or ponds. These open-fronted huts or cubicles can be a temporary or permanent free standing shade structures. The walls are fixed or changeable, partitioned roll-up curtains, drapes, hinged or folding screens.
Today, even a small tent-like temporary structure is sometimes referred to as a cabana because they are for recreation — often located by a lake, pool or beach — and provide shade.
These tent-shelters do offer a measure of privacy and protection from the sun, however, these unfixed cabanas are not structurally sound or capable of keeping the occupants cozy and dry during a major storm.
Cabanas Accommodate a Multitude of Uses
#ShadeScapeCabana #OutdoorKitchenCabana #DIYCabanaKit
Although, cabanas are most often used for recreational purposes, here are a few of the many ways in which homeowners, businesses, travelers, and vacationers enjoy the sanctuary experience of a cabana and cabana living.
#OutdoorKitchenCabana ShadeScape® DIY Cabana Kit
Cabanas are at the Pinnacle in Pampering
Whether you are self-catering or being waited upon —traveling or at home— cabanas are at the pinnacle of being pampered just the way you want it. Cabanas can be as open or as enclosed as you like it.
Back in the day, cabanas were built with grass or thatched-style roofs and were typically located near a natural body of water. Very often they were open on one or more sides to allow the inhabitants to enjoy the coastal or lakeside breezes.
The roof is what most often characterizes what type a shade shelter is. Unlike other shade shelters, cabanas are defined more by how and where it is used than by its style of roof.
Cabana Alternative Roof Style Ideas
Solar Panel Roof
Residential, mountain or lakeside cabanas can be mounted with solar panels. The flat roof allows panels to be ideally mounted with standoff mounting hardware for the maximum angle of incidence and gives it easier seasonal adjustment as needed. The roof can also be customizable with a pitch combined with a flexible site position that allows for maximum seasonal energy collection.
ShadeScape® cabana kits can feature a remote-controlled louvered roof that will open and shut at the click of a button. A louvered roof gives complete coverage when it rains or opens to allow some light through on a nice sunny day!
A cabana can be a composition of several outdoor shade shelters styles. The distinct characteristics or visual expressions of a cabana are at times less distinguishable when integrated with other types of structures. Some beachside cabanas have attached covered decks and extended sheltering. Hardscape cabanas can be as simple as a box to as grand as a beachside cottage/house.
This is a gazebo integrated with a pavilion. Connie, the owner of this ShadeScape® structure affectionately calls it her “gavilion.” She plans on installing a pool by it. With a pool, this structure could technically be classed as a cabana.
It is exciting to see the beautiful new ideas built with timber in old-world craftsmanship that continue to be imagined and built. But even without integrating shelter types, attaching or installing free-standing edifices together creates some beautiful outdoor living spaces.
Construction & Installation
We usually think of buildings as a solid, stable structure; not a moving object. However, we actually live in a fluid environment. The earth is seismically moving in waves up and down as well as side-to-side in an ongoing micromotion. On top of that, wind loads add another factor to the moving force.
Western Timber Frame™ patented design The Dovetail Difference® creates an architecturally more responsible structure, allowing the wood to perform as nature intended, expanding and contracting while keeping a tight, joint and integral portion of the timber intact.
The Dovetail Difference®
There is no visible hardware, bolts, screws, hangers or other mechanical fasteners unless they are decorative in nature.
The patented design The Dovetail Difference®, the massive mortise, and tenon dovetail joint system throughout our timber construction process creates very strong, rigid joints.
On the test pictured this joint here didn’t give until it reached over 11,000 lbs.!
ShadeScape® kits are not just about refashioning for a new look but as a whole new way of living life every day. What is different about these kits is that it is not a pre-made one size fits all kit. They are only a kit in the sense that they come to your door ready to assemble. Every piece is cut and built to match homeowners’ requirements for a perfect fit in their backyard. Doing a redo such as a deck and a pergola kit featured here today is a simple process that can be done in person, over a phone or via email. After the kit is delivered, hassle-free, right to the front door.
If desired, Western Timber Frame™ has certified installers, or they can help find a contractor near the location of interest. They are, however, easy to install, going together somewhat-like a set of “Lincoln Logs” many of us used to play with as kids.
As for local building codes and engineering, Western Timber Frame™ has permit approval experts. It doesn’t matter where a person lives; a Design Manager is there to assist you past any hurdles. They will help get projects approved. It is much easier than some might think.
With up to a 120 mph wind ratings, and a tremendous snow load capacity, a kit will last for years to come. With superior construction techniques, properly engineered designs, and expert craftsmanship; a timber frame structure can be expected to last a lifetime.
#DIYGazebo #DIYPergola #HowToBuildGazebo #HowToBuildPergola #DifferenceBetweenPergolaAndGazebo