not worth repairing pergola

The wood roof of the old metal and wood pergola before being torn down and replaced by a stronger and better pergola.

swim pool pergola shade

View from under the fanned roof of the solid wood ShadeScape™ with the massive oversized, ten inch posts.

diy pergola plan

Page from the DIY pergola plans with a fanned roof and full arched knee braces.

fan shaped pergola roof

View of top of the fanned roof of the solid wood ShadeScape™ pergola kit installed for shade by family tennis court.

poolside shade pergola

TimberVolt™ power post similar to the power post pictured below.

timbervolt power post

At the top of the Johnson family pergola post is seen a portion of the TimberVolt™ power post similar to the power post pictured here.

Featured today is a 10,000 Series ShadeScape™ pergola kit installed to replace a wood encased metal pergola next to a family swimming pool for shade. Here, is what Design Manager Mike Jenson told us:

Mrs. Johnson called and asked originally if we could come out and take a look at their existing “Pergola” as it was about 20 Years old and need to be “refurbished” The existing structure was made of Steel for the main structure and was wrapped with different sizes of wood. Anything from 2×4’s up to 2×8’s. The existing wood was basically rotting away. After going to site and looking at the condition of the Pergola we suggested that we completely take out the existing structure. Steel and all and replace with a brand new Timber Frame Pergola.

After several meetings and drawings we were able to come up with a new structure that was very similar to the old structure and have it built with the DoveTail Connections and connected to the Footings with our Knife Plates.

One of the Main concerns of the Johnson’s was the Maintenance of the structure as they did not want to have to Re-Stain and maintain the color of the structure. So they decided to go with our “bleach” Treatment which is Maintenance Free so they will be able to enjoy their structure for a lifetime.

Thank you to the Johnson’s for the opportunity to challenge is with this design as we had many compound angles and notches on our Dovetails. In the end it all went together perfectly.

old metal wood pergola

Sad-looking wood-wrapped metal pergola before being torn down and replaced by a solid wood, dovetailed ShadeScape™ pergola kit constructed by timberwright artisans with old world craftsmanship.

wood pergola replaced by

The best shade structure is a 10,000 Series ShadeScape™ DIY pergola kit installed to replace an 20-year-old wood-wrapped steel pergola.

dovetail difference
couple pergola baby

Western Timber Frame™ is driven in their passion, creating outdoor living structures with old world craftsmanship of ancient timberwright architectural artisans that includes utilizing the cutting edge of state-of-the-art technology for an even stronger structure, not available to our forebearers. We believe the integrity of a structure says everything about the people who built it; which is why we engineer and design to last, reaching down through the centuries of time as memorials of beauty and endurance.

In places where there is perpetual and occurrences of strong winds and weighty mountainous snows combined with natural seismic shifting it is especially essential to have a thorough understanding of load paths and design properties. The old world mortise and tenon dovetail joint systems have proven over milleniums of time to be a more responsible architectural design as seen in wipe open spaces, cathedral ceilings, great rooms in castles, commercial constructions, expanded bridges and more.

The dovetail allows the wood to work naturally expanding and contracting over the seasons while maintain structural integrity. Besides being a stronger and more durable structure it virtually eliminates all exposed screws, lags, bolts, hangers or other mechanical fasteners.

The vision at Western Timber Frame™ is to provide a way to make it affordable to enjoy a better life, a place to bring families closer together in their backyard retreat. Affordability, must be a long-term durability that the grandchildren’s grandchildren can enjoy, too.

Twenty years in not enough long time! Thanks, Mike for sharing the photos with us of this 10,000 Series ShadeScape™ pergola kit install!

before metal pergola

20-year-old wood encased metal pergola before being demolished.

metal wood pergola replaced

Even with a low-resolution phone photo from the installers, this tennis court side Western TimberFrame™ ShadeScape™ pergola kit is stunningly beautiful.

contemporary style pergola

View from under the fanned roof of the solid wood ShadeScape™ with the massive oversized, ten inch posts.

rotting pergola roof

The wood roof of the old metal and wood pergola before being torn down and replaced by a stronger and better pergola.

pergola roof

Massive timbers with oversized ten inch posts support this heavy duty timber dovetailed fanned pergola roof.

shade pergola playground

Massive timbers with oversized ten inch posts support this heavy duty timber dovetailed fanned pergola roof.

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