Living on a busy street, working with less than 300 square feet — an arbor will turn a previously underutilized space into a warm and winsome front entry, a garden to be admired, or a concealed haven.
Imagine being nestled in the comfort of your own personalized paradise with an arbor you have always dreamed of. With this arbor guide, you can now dream with your eyes open and glean some useful tips to build your own arbor.
In the many years of designing and fabricating outdoor living environments, we have found that when most people are wanting an arbor they are often looking for an aesthetically pleasing accent to the larger outdoor living shelters. And, it makes perfect sense. Used with a cabana, pavilion, pergola, or gazebo — arbors do draw the eyes to include more of the surrounding landscape for a larger composition.
The Focus of Attention
In many ways, albeit on a smaller scale, arbors can resemble other shade structures — particularly the pergola. Even though there are common features and elements throughout various shade shelters part of the reason for this guide with tips is to show that a well-designed, smartly positioned, and intently purposed ShadeScape® arbor can hold it’s own!
Arbors act as an open invitation, a grand entrance, gateway, guide, or destination.
In essence, arbors — often harmonized with a trellis — give more artistic license to orchestrate the entirety of a yarded area.
Defining An Arbor
William Strachey —one of America’s first historians— recorded in 1612 that the houses of Virginia were “like gardein arbours.” From the earliest records that describe what an arbor is, as, with other shade shelters, it is like trying to define “house.” A house serves the purpose of a place to live, but are distinctly set in time by its style, material, and how it is used. For some American Indians, a transportable teepee was home — for someone else, their residence may be a houseboat or a skyscraper apartment, etc.
Over the last seventy years, the classifying of shade shelters and architectural garden structures —are by in large— been formalized into distinct categories of what characteristics define an arbor as an arbor, a pergola — a pergola, or a pavilion — a pavilion, etc.
All in all, this makes talk of outdoor living shelters straightforward and understanding others a little simpler. Arbors, though, have a bit of a curveball that challenges its trademark and imitates its imprint —and that is: the trellis.
ShadeScape® Trellis Kit #TimberFrameTrellis
To give a full range of useful tips and ideas to how you can build the arbor you always wanted — there is just no other way around it — the trellis must be included.
Covering the Constitution of Your Landscape
Trellises are unique from arbors, sometimes featured as a latticework, wall, fence, or extension of a gazebo, pavilion or pergola. And it is often partnered with an arbor. But what makes arbors and trellises so inseparable are the roles each of these fine art of garden shelters play. Trellises enable a landscape designer to build upon the constitution of the landscape as a whole, forming entryways, gateways, guides, or destinations — and so do arbors. In some projects, arbors and trellises have had so many shared characteristics — technically it could be classed as both —a trellis and an arbor.
Before finalizing your arbor plans — here are design options, tips and landscaping concepts with arbors and trellises. You may find compositions or refashioned landscaping elements you would like to include. Hopefully, it sparks some ingenious ideas of your own.
Arbor Outdoor Living & Landscape Ideas
Plus 22 Tips To Start Building Your Dream Arbor
Add Height With An Arbor
People are enamored with tall things, spaces with height, stature, and elevation. It is why people travel the globe just to stand in awe of towering monuments, naturally formed or man-made by aspirant geniuses. In an outdoor room, where the ceiling is the sky, an arbor sets vertical lines in horizontal surroundings. It gives a place for the eyes to go upwards for a stronger presence — a sense of grandeur.
Built-in Barbecue Bar Before ShadeScape® DIY Arbor Kit Install
Built-in Barbecue Bar After ShadeScape® DIY Arbor Kit Install
Build Your Own Arbor or Trellis Hammock
Hammocks and swings are by in large —the delight of children and adults— one the many pleasurable ShadeScape® amenities. As a manufacturer of luxury ShadeScape® shelters, we get asked at times if our pergolas, pavilions or arbors are strong enough to hold a hammock or swing.
Yes, they are! And we encourage anyone who loves to swing – by all means – add a hammock or swing. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your outdoor living room even more. In fact, install a suspended table, couch, or a bed if you like.
Our All-Time Favorite Picture a Family Sent in to Us
Build Your Own Arbor Gate
A gate is an outdoor doorway to your property. Arbor gates are free-standing or connected to a fence, trellis or wall.
Similar to the door on the front of your home a gate offers the first impression and hints towards a beautiful retreat. The arbor gate should be warm and inviting as well as blending with or complementing the architectural design of the home. A well-designed arbor gate is a beautiful focal point for the front of your home.
ShadeScape® timber frame gate arbors easily tie in with or complement other materials and elements as well. The DIY arbor plan pictured here is for a metal gate on a timber frame arbor.
Technically, this two-post arbor gate could also be classed as a trellis gate. Trellises are often a framework used to screen or support.
Build Your Own Arbor Grill or BBQ Island
Grilled food is a whole lot tastier. If you love smoky flavored vegetables or prefer juicer hamburgers, steaks or chicken — cooked naturally (the way food was meant to be) an arbor with an outdoor grilling space might just be ideal for you.
ShadeScape® Trellis Barbecue Bar
An arbor or trellis can give sophisticated style and shade just where it is needed at the times you would most likely be barbecuing.
Other arbor and trellis alfresco environments ideas could be an outdoor kitchen, cocktail counter, snack bar or cozy dining area.
ShadeScape® Arbor Barbecue Stand
Build Your Own Arbor Nesting Place
We all need time to prune our feathers, to keep ourselves at our best. Create a “nesting place” to hideaway — a lush outdoor nook, romantic focal point, urban retreat — your quiet go-to place, for any and every day.
Touching genuine wood and injecting color and warmth of timber help to reconnect to mother earth and recharge our energies. Include a bench, built-in or attached to the timber frame arbor. When people sit together on a bench, they literally and figuratively feel closer to each other. Bench seating is a wonderful place to curl up, read a book or anything you want to do while engaging in nature. An egg swing or single chairs — whatever offers luxury to readily embrace the outdoors.
ShadeScape® Arbor Bench
Build Your Own Trellis Fire Place
ShadeScape® Trellis Kit #TrellisFirePit
ShadeScape® Trellis Wall Kit #TrellisFirePlace
Trellises grace a landscape with a beauty all their own, enhancing, making a statement, building backdrops and boundaries, and so much more!
Featured here, a poolside corner ShadeScape® trellis kit has built-in benches to sit around an outdoor fireplace. Also, a triangular trellis frames a fire pit adding some handsome height to the scenery.
ShadeScape® Triangular Trellis #TriangularTrellis
Trellises will create the most purposeful hardscape within the least amount of designated space.
ShadeScape® Trellis Bench #TrellisBench
ShadeScape® Pergola w/Inverted Radius Roof for Fire Pit
Fires reflect the vitality of the natural world. And arbors — just like the trellis — can also create a warm, welcoming vibrance to a space designated for an outdoor fire.
ShadeScape® Arbor w/Radius Roof for Fireplace Bar
Build Your Own Outdoor Movie Theatre
Hosting movie nights outside is a lot of fun. We build lots of outdoor theater settings with cabanas, pavilions, gazebos, and pergolas. An arbor or trellis can be just as equipped to fashion your own personalized outdoor movie theater.
Build Your Own Garden Arbor Portal
There are dozens of inspiring ideas and designs for creating a gorgeous garden pathway whether it be wood, flagstone, concrete pavers, grass or the natural earth. Creating a portal with an arbor gives a sense of order. Garden and landscape portals are timeless — a nostalgic, reminiscence of our Old English and Early American heritage — and a first-class modern architectural showpiece.
Build Your Own Arbor Entry Way “Door”
As stated earlier, arbors are an open invitation, a grand entrance, a gateway, a guide to a destination. Framing an entryway with an arbor brings balance and definition to the panorama. Western Timber Frame™ garden arbors and trellises add an inviting feel to a garden and make it easy to accentuate with hanging baskets, pots or growing boxes.
It might not even be a pathway, but an entrance to a garden, yard divide, or a designated area. In a sense, arbors are the doors and trellises are the walls that frame the outside world, we love to be in.
Build Your Own Wedding Arbor
There are so few days that are as sentimental or more beautiful than your wedding day. A timber frame arbor is an impactful and elegant composition creating an obvious focal point for the bride and groom. The solid wood timbers are also extremely easy to decorate with wedding decor.
Timber frame ShadeScape® wedding arbors, gazebos, pavilions, and pergolas are impressive architectural masterpieces enjoyed long after the ceremonies are over. In all reality, your future great-great-grandchildren could be married beneath the same wedding arbor, gazebo, pavilion or pergola they played under as kids.
Of the thousands of ideas, you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, that is the beauty of a ShadeScape® shelter. You can discuss your ideas and how you envision your wedding arbor to be with a Design Manager. Our Design Managers know the industry and with your suggestions, they can pull your project together.
Build Your Own Garden Arbor Swing
Cradles, rockers, and swings — we have loved them since we were a child and we never grow out of love for swings.
Adding an aesthetically pleasing swing to a backyard is more than ornamental; it has sensory therapeutic benefits turning a garden into a more healing landscape.
The right swing can provide years of relaxation with the warmth and beauty of wood bringing a calming outlook. Best of all, these sturdy timber frame arbor and trellis kits can hold are built to last!
Build Your Own Swimming Pool Trellises
ShadeScape® Poolside Trellis With Integrated Lights #PoolTrellis
ShadeScape® Poolside Trellis With Integrated Lights #PoolTrellis
Finding the right poolside shade might not always seem that easy, however, trellises are ideal. Surprising though it may be, trellises can provide quite a lot of shade while taking up very little space. Installing your own poolside trellis will make life a lot easier than hanging onto portable pool shade covers that get blown and broken down in the wind.
Build Your Barriers, Borders & Boundaries
The border outlines the property, the real or artificial line that separates your landscape from that of next-door resident or real estate. Boundaries separate, dividing or enclosing areas for specific purposes or guides.
Borders, barriers, and boundaries include forms such as lines, curves, mass, and color. Trellising within a landscape transforms a space and creates a unique experience. Keep nature in mind and the existing colors and composition. Trellising a premise will be reflective of your creativity and style.
Open style trellises give the experience of a boundary keeping a free and open view.
Curves are always an eye-pleasing, as well as an elegant way to create a designated outdoor living room.
Or…go full circle. As you can see, trellises give you so much artistic license!
On this ShadeScape® trellis plan the roof of the trellis interprets a border.
Trellises specify landscaping zones — dividing a lawn from a driveway or a view to your patio. Most people use trellises with a dual purpose. The lines a trellis makes throughout the property act much like a wall in a home does. With a real or psychological barrier, it creates new edges and borders that can be terraced or put in raised beds and such — basically anything fashioned for borders.
If arbors are set in unison, it does the same as a trellis — formalizing and consigning spaces. Timber frame arbors and trellises give so many opportunities to change the layout of a space. By working with the effects, a cleverly attached arbor or a series of staggered trellises could narrow or widen a side yard — direct the path one would walk — and where one’s eyes fall.
With some creativity, perhaps some potted plants or vines, your trellis will turn a city terrace or urban space into a garden, rather than barren rooftop. A city garden with timber trellises gives quick coverage and conceals the view of unsightly walls or buildings.
Build Your Own Garden Trellis
The garden is the perfect canvas for trellises to paint in interest, add richness while giving wind protection. Garden trellises are timeless — even a small trellis delightfully enhances a humble garden. A garden trellis is also a problem-solver. It hides an adjacent building or unattractive view — is a foundation for vines and vertical gardening.
Build Your Own Garden Arbor
Inspire your colorful foliage, ruffled leaves and other horticulture lovelies with a garden arbor. Garden arbors are not particularly designed for vertical gardening but it easily can be. Simply install lattices or potted walls. Like the garden trellis, an arbor gives shade — more especially overhead shelter for plants that need some protection from the sun.
Commercial Arbors & Trellises
ShadeScape® Radius Trellis Kit
At Western Timber Frame™ we customize for the uniqueness and expansion of businesses and recreational purposes. From beautiful timber entryways to massive shade shelters — we can do what will suit your needs.
Arbor and/or trellises offer a quick and ever so easy renovation, alteration, or addition to an existing storefront, or business setting without slowing down or detouring some business while under construction. ShadeScape® timber arbor and trellis shelters are a quick and durable solution that — as stated previously — can be installed in most cases, in as little as ONE Afternoon.
Build the Arbor You Always Wanted
Arbors and trellises are considered to be primarily on the smaller scale of all other architectural outdoor living structures. So, taking that into consideration, it is fantastic how much an arbor or trellis can do to frame or highlight even a goliath landscape.
ShadeScape® arbors and trellises are an easy and super-fast way to mold your ideas into reality.
Meet Your Design Manager
A Design Manager can personalize your ideas to help you easily build the arbor you always wanted. Your Design Manager will make sure your preferred outdoor living needs are met with as much or as little help as you want.
No matter if your goals are simple or complex, your experience will be easy and straightforward.
Your Design Manager will also ensure that the design is within your budget and time constraints. He will spearhead your project so that it is aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.