wedding pergola with chandelier

A 12′ x 14′ solid wood pergola kit installed for an outdoor wedding. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

birthday pergola princess

Solid Wood Pergola decorated with birthday balloons for Princess Party © 2015 Western Timber Frame

Architectural shade structures are a wonderful and easy way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, family reunions, holidays and any special occasion with decorations and outdoor decor giving an invitation to gather with those we love.

wedding pergola

A 12′ x 14′ solid wood pergola kit installed for an outdoor wedding. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

Solid wood 12′ x 14′ dovetail timber frame pergola kit installed for an outdoor wedding celebration. The timber was pre-drilled, and pre-wired with the TimberVolt® system for power. An outdoor chandelier was installed for lighting.

Timber frame pergola features the Champion beam end profiles, Cove knee braces with a premium high grade Early American UV protective timber stain finish.

White Tough Oversized Pavilion

Furnished for a Lady

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I love kids! My baby hiding in her personal hideaway. © 2015 Marilynn Joy

teenage boy igloo window

Teenage boy looking through window of a snow igloo.

I am eager to show this beautiful “She Shade” styled ladies backyard retreat (in pictures below) with a tough timber framed pavilion; an area designed by a lady to welcome home the man she loves.  There is an innate desire in each of us for a place to find adventure, celebrate or to escape to.  As soon as we are old enough we engage in imaginative play to create places of our own. For example, my two-year-old daughter (pictured left) in her own personal hideaway, the kitchen cupboard. As kids we constructed blanket forts draping blankets over chairs, created rooms by tucking blankets into the underside of the bunk bed, stacked firewood blocks around for block castles and carved houses out of cardboard boxes. My sons went a step beyond the standard everyday kid construction:

A snowplow piled snow as high as a house on the side of a Church parking lot. My teenage son and his friends burrowed out an igloo. I don’t know which of my son’s friends brought it, but much to my shock in discovering them, they had hooked up a television inside. Adding to my dismay, my son had with him his little buddy, his devoted younger brother. Together they were all happily watching TV in the middle of a giant snowball.

Eventually tent forts have to be demolished, and snow balls will melt. It is fulfilling to have a permanent private place to get-away to. A place to relax, recharge our batteries or get creative. For some that means a sanctuary, privacy, solitude, a quiet place, romantic setting with natural light, shade, a place to read, write etc. For others that may mean entertainment, family, friends, parties, social get-togethers. Or maybe a mix of it all. Whatever setting that fills your need to loosen the bow or prune your feathers, decorating your own playroom can enhance your life, to feel more alive, like being a kid again.

The enthusiasm for private outdoor shade structures and backyard retreats has spurred new fad names such as Man Cave, Poker Palace, Club or Pub House, Barbecue Shack, Tiki Hut, Tree House and more. Then comes the feminine side, She Shed, She Shade, Tudor Cottage, Hen House, Tea House, Chick Shack, Lady Lair, Snuggery, etc. Because I like to write, some of these new craze place names can have a bit of a catchy appeal. The new names however, do not express the real trend in outdoor living; which is a more personalized theme or atmosphere. It is satisfying to construct an outdoor room that reflects an individual’s interests, artistic pursuits or recreational preferences. It is a unique imaginarium sometimes with a theme (nautical, etc.) for watching movies, exercising, themes, sports area, ceramics, woodworking, pub, barbecues, art, reading and more; whatever it is for them that creates a customized, personalized outdoor living experience.

Looking back to the Victorian era, the architectural hardscape (a word yet to be invented back then) had a feminine semblance. Today architectural hardscape has a strong masculine quality while expressing the femininity through softscaping, e.g. flowers and horticultural elements.

I love the awesomeness of great masculine minds and a strength of presence yet I also appreciate tailor fitting in some of my own feminine interests and style. My family enjoys being with me in areas more decorated for “me” as I do also, in areas decorated with more of their personal tastes. That’s why I really enjoyed how this homeowner enhanced her backyard landscape in this beautiful “She Shade” featured below. See how this outdoor living room progresses to unveil this woman’s backyard charm that a man would love to come home to:

before diy pavilion kit install

Backyard retreat construction site before installing a solid wood dovetailed timber framed DIY pavilion kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

before diy pavilion kit install

Backyard retreat construction site before installing a solid wood dovetailed timber framed DIY pavilion kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

before pavilion install

Morning sun a few hours before installing a solid wood dovetailed timber framed DIY pavilion kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

Pergolas, arbors, gazebos and as in this backyard case, a solid wood timber frame pavilion, can create a whole new living area in even very small, tight areas. These homeowners did their homework and contacted Western Timber Frame™. Imagination is a wonderful gift and every now and then things can turn out even more beautiful than we imagined. It is however, quite an an exciting experience to consult with a Western Timber Frame™ Design Manager where you can see your own backyard and see exactly what it would look like before your DIY timber framed shade structure is manufactured. I am in the process of getting my own 10′ x 20′ pergola for my own backyard and I am so excited and fascinated how visual the experience is.

before pergola installation

Before and after illustration for a 12′ x 22′ DIY timber framed pergola kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

pergola installation

Illustration for a 12′ x 22′ DIY timber framed pergola kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

On the computer screen the Design Manager can move the sun across the pavilion with a visual of the client’s backyard where they can see in motion exactly where the shadows move throughout the day underneath the pavilion. They can see and determine the best situation for their outdoor living needs as illustrated in part with this before and after shot of a timber framed pergola kit exampled above.

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In just a few hours a solid wood dovetailed timber framed DIY pavilion kit is installed in the backyard. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

They choice a 12′ x 14′ over-sized DIY timber framed pavilion kit featuring Cove knee braces, Champion beam end profiles and finished with a premium high grade UV protective timber stain. DIY does not mean you have to do-it-yourself and some people prefer to have someone else do it for them. Western Timber Frame is happy to help as little or as much as the homeowner’s prefer.

Western Timber Frame™ is known for their over sized timbers, combining old world craftsmanship with the latest state of the art equipment. Their pavilion kits are unmatched in quality and durability and are quick and easy to install. In most instances can be installed in as little as one afternoon. With a unique corner system it allows for a quick, snap-together beam-to-post application. Western Timber Frame’s unique patent pending The Dovetail Difference™ system is amazing reducing future warping, twisting and gap exposure,  creating a stronger and more durable structure than even the time proven millennial timber framed structures of the past.  Western Timber Frame’s The Dovetail Difference™ tests continually at well over 6,500 lbs. per dovetail and all of their outdoor shade structures have a 160+ mph wind ratings! That is phenomenal!

The Feminine Touch...

light dresser pavilion

Solid wood dovetailed timber framed DIY pavilion kit with a TimberVolt® power post installed in the backyard. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

On the left front post at the bottom of the picture you can see the TimberVolt™ power outlet. The power has been pre-drilled through the post so all the wiring is safely pre-wired giving the timber framed pavilion a clean wireless finish. Take note of the tight joints of the pavilion, also a nice clean finish without unsightly hardware.

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Potted flowers hang from a solid wood timber framed DIY pavilion kit installed for family backyard retreat. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

Flowers seem to symbolize refinement and femininity.  Delicate floral arrangements and pretty potted flowers always give a more vibrant feel. Timber framed shade structures provide an easy way to display hanging potted plants.

timbervolt power phone charger

TimberVolt® power post. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

The TimberVolt™ power post integrates electrical receptacles and USB ports directly into the Pergola, Pavilion or Gazebo posts for easy setup of fans, lighting, televisions, charging of phones, tablets, etc.

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Elegant outdoor furnishings under solid wood timber framed DIY pavilion kit for She Shade backyard retreat. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

I love the beautiful outdoor furniture she picked. The green and brown cushions are perfect. This has given me so many ideas for my own backyard retreat. Another idea would be to scour garage sales and thrift stores and refurbish some outdoor furniture and decorum recreating a style all my own. Hobby Lobby has some wonderful lanterns.

timber frame pavilion power

Outdoor power, lighting and fan on a solid wood DIY pavilion kit installed for She Shade backyard retreat. © 2015 Western Timber Frame™

Outdoor lighting increases the hours of enjoyment with family outside. The ceiling fan is also a great addition. Just like an indoor fan, fans increase air circulation and also provide a little bug control. Outdoor fans create a downdraft that make it more difficult for bugs to fly through.

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She Shed style furnishings under She Shade solid wood timber framed DIY pavilion. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

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She Shed style fashion, under She Shade solid wood timber framed DIY pavilion. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

lady lair white pavilion kit

In the She Shed style fashion elegant lady furnishings under solid wood timber framed DIY pavilion. © 2015 Western Timber Frame

outdoor kitchen pavilion

Styled after a She Shed fashion, elegantly lady-like furnishings under solid wood DIY pavilion kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame™

A mini outdoor kitchen with a metal outdoor dining table and chair set, outdoor grill and oven, the family is set to spend wonderful time together in the lovely backyard retreat.

pavilion kit installed

Styled like a She Shed, She Shade with elegant lady-like furnishings under solid wood white pavilion. © 2015 Western Timber Frame™

The picnic table, shed and planter box garden were already in place but it all adds to a wonderful garden atmosphere.

dresser chairs pavilion fan

She Shed style, charming elegant lady’s furnishings under a She Shade solid wood DIY pavilion kit. © 2015 Western Timber Frame™

heavy duty pergola

Man Cave style, a DIY pergolas kit installed and furnished for a manly atmosphere. © 2015 Western Timber Frame™

It is fun to explore other people’s outdoor ideas, kind of like virtually traveling the world, it’s almost as though you can enjoy it with them. Maybe not with them, but I did enjoy seeing how beautifully her backyard dream became a reality for her.

If your backyard retreat needs a more manly style, these timber framed arbors, pavilions, pergolas and gazebos can hold up heavy equipment for a man size work out gym. Use your creative imagination, insert some built-in pull up bars, grow a beard and all those guy things you like to do.

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