Extra Ideas for Trellises and Privacy Walls
Walls envelope and enclose a space, provide shade, shelter, security and privacy.
Giving the backyard patio some covering will extend the square footage of a home. The extra outdoor room gives a relaxed family atmosphere for activities such as cooking, dining and good conversations.
The intricate elegance and beauty of lattices are a popular design in outdoor shade structures. Next to a pool, over the patio or part of a garden, solid wood lattice work can define a space, give more privacy while providing wonderful additional shade. Climbing vines and vegetables can also be grown up over the lattice work. Sometimes lattices are used to display outdoor art and decorations.
These heavy-duty, solid wood lattice works from Western Timber Frame™ are far superior to any of the wooden lattices found in the big box stores. They are thicker, heavier and so much stronger.
It adds an awesome ambience of high-quality, custom old world craftsmanship, because that is just what it is —old world craftsmanship at its best.
Gates set within a trellis wall are an example of when a rolling gate is a plus. If there is room, a swinging gate or door with latticed screens will still allow the light to get in while giving additional privacy. Typically, on smaller structures such as arbors, a swing gate is sufficient as it will not swing out that far. The only time you will see a slide or rolling gate on an arbor would be if it was integrated with a fence or wall and there was some advantage — such as a tight space — for the gate to slide parallel to the fence line. For larger areas, slide gates are often easier to open and close. If it involves an extra expansive opening, the gate could be geared with remote control — for automated back and forth slide.
Think Outside the Ordinary
Think outside of what is standard or expected. A pathway does not have to be a standard passageway. Transition between two places, with or without a door or gate. Trellises are the main choice for any way of exit or entrance whether it be a channel, course, or path. Consider alternatives, such as in this plan for a super-wide trellis or dual walkway — rather than a conventional arbor.
Privacy screens can also be to block the view from above. Lattices block more of the view than people might think. You do not always need a panel to block the view and lattices allow in more light while providing ample shade.
Hosting movie nights outside is a lot of fun. We build lots of outdoor theater settings with cabanas, pavilions, gazebos, and pergolas. Yet, a cantilevered trellis can be just as equipped to fashion your own personalized outdoor movie theater.
Form walls in a single chain or a combination of multiple stepped segments. The options will depend some, upon the parameters set by the existing landscape —e.g. a terrace, embankment or dip-slope.
Trellis walls can step up or down, to conform to an area or just to add pleasing composition on the top, sides, or bottom of the shade shelter. Turn the corner with L-shaped step trellises or smooth flowing step-style curves.
Add Outdoor Power to Your Trellis or Privacy Wall
Western Timber Frame™ outdoor ShadeScape® wood arbors and trellises can be pre-drilled with a hole down the center of one post to accommodate any and all of your electrical and lighting needs.
The TimberVolt® series has an electrical chase drilled from one-half to the entire length of the post to hide and protect all wiring. The recessed boxes feature weatherproof outdoor covers for plugs and switches that are seamlessly incorporated into the actual timber post itself.
Build Your Own Garden Trellis
The garden is the perfect canvas for trellises to paint in interest, add richness while giving wind protection and privacy. 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.
Embellish With Your Personality & Interests
For those of us —who often feel the need to change the living room furniture around, desiring constant environment makeovers, an outdoor structure such as a timber frame pergola, pavilion, arbor, gazebo or swing can be an exciting foundation for celebrating life and splashing new rainbows of color and textures of change very easily. The timber frame is great for attaching decorations for special occasions, events, and holidays.
If you delight in antiques, a timber frame outdoor trellis makes an excellent backdrop. Instill a nostalgic reminiscence feel by placing some signature pieces. Bring on the pleasant scents of flowers and herbs and surround yourself in an aromatic retreat. Draw in some geometric patterns and stimulating textures. Put up curtains, hang wind chimes, potted plants with dynamic shapes. Build it to please your personality and interests.
Invite Animation and Motion
Life is movement so invite animation and motion. Hang a punching bag — paint a hopscotch pad — encourage your mind and body to exercise. Liveliness could also come from the subtle effect of birdhouses. Provide for the birds and bring some music to a rediscovered patch of earth. The oscillation of a water fountain would help drown out sounds while acting as a natural humidifier. Interacting not only instills a sense of care and value throughout the property as a whole but it strengthens our vital connection to the earth and childlike love for the outdoors.
One example of enclosing a ShadeScape® shelter with walls is from the Kinghorn family. They ordered a 3 Gable DIY Pavilion Kit to build their stunning new Sunroom. A DIY Pavilion Kit is a winning way to build a sunroom as the entire frame structure with roof, in most cases, installs in as little as one afternoon.
A sunroom or solarium is a fully enclosed place caressed in warmth and sunlight. A Sunroom is in some circles, called a Go-to-room, Patio Room, Conservatory, Sun Parlor, Sunporch, Sun Lounge, Garden Room, Winter Garden Room, or Florida Room. It often has a “knee wall” framed in with transparent glass. A sunroom can be freestanding, attached, or as in this featured DIY pavilion plan, integrated into the primary residence.
Privacy Screens as a Windbreaker
Privacy walls are good windbreakers. You also reap the benefits of an aesthetically pleasing appeal, more shade, and extra protection from prying eyes, so you can comfortably grill, sunbath in a hot tub, and enjoy time with family.
This heavy-duty lattice work creates a fantastic privacy screen in a targeted direction. It beautifully screens the view from the neighbors without blocking the light. As can be seen, trellises work wonders to create an outdoor room or define a space, create a boundary, enclosure or outdoor wall for small or large areas in almost any backyard. An outdoor wall also gives a backyard an indoor secluded feel of privacy. A solid wood trellis offers more than privacy where it is needed; it also can add a stunning prize-winning appeal when creating a boundary line.
Western Timber Frame™ ShadeScape™ Series kits are designed and engineered, built using state-of-the-art technology combined with old world craftsmanship by timberwright artisans with the mortise and tenon dovetail joinery that interlocks without the use of nails or glue. There are timber frame architectural structures that have used the mortise and tenon dovetails and are still in use, centuries later, as testimonies of beauty, strength and durability. These trellises are built to last, standing against heavy mountainous snows and strong winds.