An easy solution to a cancelled vacation is a relaxing getaway, at home with a cabana, gazebo, pergola, or pavilion. Western Timber Frame has always offered Virtual Design appointments via the phone or over the computer. If you like, it is simple to build yourself. And in most cases, can be installed in as little as one afternoon! Or you can have it installed for you.
What Is DIFFERENT About a ShadeScape®?
Western Timber Frame™ is different; we do not fit you with a pre-made, cookie-cutter kit. These are not kits that you can buy in your average big-box store. All of our pre-fitted and pre-cut shelters are custom built to match your requirements and to fit your back yard.
We call our pergolas and pavilions “a kit” because we ship them to your door ready to assemble. However, due to the heavy timbers, and their custom nature your Structure will not look like a typical kit. Your pergola will be an outstanding handcrafted room in your backyard.
With superior construction techniques, properly engineered designs and expert craftsmanship a pressure treated timber pergola can be expected to last even longer than timber structures of ages past. Timber framing is an investment in children and grandchildren proving to be safer, durable structures more resistant to powerful coastal storms, high winds, heavy snows of high mountainous regions and seismic shifting, maintaining structural integrity.
Nails, screws, and glue will hold wood fast, but they allow little movement; which can eventually crack the wood around the metal fastener and glue deterioration over time loosen a wood glue wood joint.
Rusted conventional metal bracket.
The Dovetail Difference® virtually eliminates all unsightly hardware.
Aesthetics is important but the primary reason for wood-to-wood connections and in NOT using unsightly brackets and lag hangers is that it creates a stronger shelter.
ShadeScape® pavilions, pergolas and gazebos are architecturally responsibly engineered for more integral resilience in:
- Powerful Coastal Storms
- High Winds
- Heavy High Mountainous Snows
- Seismic Shifting
Mortise and tenon joints have soundly stood stronger through centuries of architectural constructions because it allows for the wood to naturally expand and contract while maintaining its integral shape over a nail/glue construction.
Pure wood–to-wood connections of heavy timbers slide in and lock strong into place — creating an architecturally responsible, sound shelter.
It is the characteristics of well-seasoned timber combined with The Dovetail Difference®, a patented mortise and tenon connection system that gives timber framing better seismic and wind survival-ability and long-term durability than any other building material on earth.
Western Timber Frame™ ShadeScape® kits feature
an award-winning Post-to-Beam Connection System called:
The Dovetail Difference®.
With a thorough understanding of load paths and design properties, well-seasoned timbers with the mortise and tenon joint systems have allowed for wide-open spaces, cathedral ceilings, great rooms in castles, commercial constructions, expanded bridges and more that have lasted for centuries, sometimes millenniums.
Timber frame bridges have been among the most visible and noble testimonies of the integrity of the timber. Some still in use date back as early as the 16th century; proven masterpieces of engineering, technology and long-lasting endurance spanning great distances against the violence of water and storms.
Timber is Naturally Stronger
Inherent Resilience Against the Wind
Well-seasoned timber is a naturally more stable load-bearing material. As strong winds, heavy snows and interment weather increase the load paths and impact upon an architectural structure timber will naturally expand and contract to flow with the energy of the earth’s motion.
In inelastic load-bearing materials such as concrete, steel or aluminum beams, architectural engineers require larger beams of these types of materials to compensate for their rigidness against inevitable seismic movement by installing kinematic mechanisms and plates.
These artificial mechanisms are also to help guard against spalling, vapor bubble and plate impacts subjected to localized low-pressure.
The marvel of timber is that it does not require or need any artificial mechanisms to dampen out resonate frequencies to maintain its integrity. When a beam yields a little at its highest point without losing its resistance; the joints and weight maintain its bearing resistance; the resonant frequency will dampen out and they will hold full strength.
Timber, like steel can carry a great
amount of concentrated weight load.
In every environment, properly seasoned and treated timber does not deteriorate and corrode, rust like steel or crumble like concrete. The weight/strength ratio of timber is also better as concrete weighs 4 times as much as the timber of a similar thickness.
Timber meets the strength, lightweight and structural requirements of energy absorbent properties desired in construction of a safe bridge and conforms to highway safety of HL-93 and AASHTO HS20-44 standards in vehicular bridges that ford continuous traffic. A pavilion or pergola does not receive this kind of perpetual load, yet it amazing to consider the load-bearing strength of timber under in the most adverse conditions.
Premium Choice Douglas Fir
Douglas fir is the builder’s premium choice for large support beams in sound architectural commercial and residential construction. We use Douglas fir primarily in our pergolas, gazebos, and pavilions and other outdoor structures for greater strength against strong winds and continual exposure to extremely harsh elements. Douglas fir has the strength to weight ratio that has an unparalleled for its modulus of elasticity, shear, compression, tension laterally to grain and other characteristics that give it greater strength.
Strong, Wind Resistant
Timber Frame Pavilion and Pergola Kits