Massive over-sized timbers dressed in a bold, formal premium high grade timber stain finish gives a prestigious presence to a home, backyard or landscape. Black is a color of formality e.g. 'the black tie event'. It is also a protective color that has a calm, magnetic, energetic strength to it that evokes a feeling of being grounded. To the Native American Indian black is a symbol of harmony and listening, a color of confidence, resilience, self control with strength and authority. Black outdoor shade structures also contrast well against bright colors throughout a landscape design.

Here are a selection of 14 solid wood timber frame arbors, awnings, pergolas and a pavilion outdoor structures.

black pergola awning arbor


A timber frame awning is an inexpensive, fast way to add a prestigious, formal feature to a home. Awnings over windows can help stop sun bleaching and reduce energy bills. Decorative awnings are a nice finished touch over and entryway or garage doors. This is a 4' x 20' dovetail timber frame awning with a beautiful black, premium high grade, UV protective water based stain.


A beautiful black, premium high grade, UV protective water based stain finished 16' x 25' timber frame DIY pergola kit with classic knee braces installed for shade. These pergola kits are pre-cut, pre-stained, tested with a drop in layout that snaps together for a fast and easy installation.



Western Timber Frame™ utilizes thick, high quality timber for all of their clients indoor or outdoor needs. This 6' x 20' black entryway awning not only gives a more formal look over the entrance but it is built with the old world craftsmanship using the The Dovetail Difference™ mortise and tenon system without the use of unsightly hardware.


arbor timber frame lights power

A 12' x 16' solid wood, dovetail timber frame DIY pergola kit installed for shade over the backyard patio. A timber frame DIY arbor kit runs along the side yard that leads to the family swimming pool. The arbor is drilled for power with a line out outdoor lights using the Western Timber Frame Drill for Power system for a clean, beautiful finished look.


custom shade outdoor dining fire

A 20' x 20' custom pergola with marble finished pillars with a unique timber frame roof rafters finished in a beautiful black, premium high grade, UV protective water based stain, for an elegant outdoor dining area. A fire pit with a small retaining wall are a nice finishing touch for many hours of outdoor entertaining in this beautiful resort style backyard retreat.


Western Timber Frame's top "shade planks" are spaced closer together as compared to other pergolas for additional shade. Another unique feature that we include with every timber pergola kit is drop-in rafter layouts. There are two main benefits of the drop-in rafter layout. The first is ease of installation. Because the timber beam that supports the rafters is already marked and slotted, you don’t have to measure anything or try to figure the proper spacing of your rafters. However, the primary benefit of the drop-in rafter layout is that it helps prevent warping and twisting of the rafters year after year. This solid wood timber frame 14' x 34' DIY pergola kit installed for shade over the backyard patio shows the closeness of the "shade planks" well and is finished in the premium high grade black stain finish.

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A premium high grade UV protective black stain finished garden arbor. A garden arbor can serve as an entryway, gateway or pathway covering for a narrow to large expansive surrounding. An arbor can help to create the perfect landscape and give pleasing visual dividers and borders as exampled below.

solid wood trellis


A 17' x 17' over sized timber frame DIY pergola kit installed for shade an outdoor living room. The premium high grade black stain finish gives contrast to the landscape with the ebony outdoor living furniture in a stunningly, eye-catching way.

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Free DIY arbor plans and projects are readily accessible. The beauty and benefit of A Western Timber Frame DIY arbor kit over a free DIY arbor plan is that every piece has already been pre-cut, pre-drilled with a snap together assembly that goes together easily. This garden arbor swing has a marble finished pillars with a high-grade premium UV stain protective black finish. Add some outdoor lighting and/or fire pit for night time entertainment.

arbor pergola swing fire pit


contemporary pergola shade pavilion

Contemporary style arbors, pavilions, gazebos and pergolas are quite popular. As shown in the above illustration contemporary designs are sleeker with a more modern straight line finished look. This beautiful contemporary premium high grade UV protective black stain finished pergola has a louvered roof. The black is contrasted with Canyon Grey stained louvers. The timber framed pergola is a 12' x 16' post to beam DIY pergola kit.

louvered roof pergola timber frame
poolside pergola shade

The combination of stain colors can add some dramatic effects to outdoor shade structure as with this DIY pergola kit installed by the swimming pool. Contemporary, Japanese, Chinese, and other Oriental style shade structures often combine stain colors for some beautiful finishes.

light trellis pergola power

The top of a contemporary pergola with white trellis posts and drilled for power with outdoor lights.



A solid wood timber frame DIY pergola kit with custom knee braces. The contrasting vase and benches really add to this lovely outdoor retreat.


A 23' x 23' attached pergola kit over an upper porch deck finished in a premium high grade Black stain. It features the Champion beam end profile with the Cove knee braces.


Solid wood timber frame DIY pergola kit finished in Western Timber Frame's premium high grade Black stain finish. Three of the post are positioned on a brick base foundation. It features the Axis Step beam profile with the Classic knee braces.


A 12' x 14' over-sized DIY timber frame pergola kit installed for lawn shade. It features the Classic knee braces with a Roosevelt Step beam profile with the Black premium grade stain finish.

Western Timber Frame structures are visible massive heavy timbers of impressive engineering masterpieces rich in architectural heritage, perfected in modern technology, creating monumental heirlooms for generations to enjoy. For more landscaping with color ideas and backyard retreats check out Western Timber Frame's other premium high grade stain choices.

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