Materials ~ Your arbor, pergola or
pavilion can be built of Redwood, Mangaris™ (Red Balau)
or other woods. More expensive woods can be used for
joint accents, decorative pegs and trim. The
substructure framing should be built of pressure treated
wood for durability. See below for details.
Finishes ~ Heat and light contribute to
weathering, so a UV protection finish is very important.
If it will eventually be covered with hard to remove
plants, applying a thorough coating is critical. Stains
(clear, tinted, or solid) and paint are popular finish
Custom Touches ~ Post feet can be boxed
with decorative trim. Decorative beam end cuts can echo
those used on the house. Post caps and finials can match
those used on fences, gates and other structures. Access
panels for utilities can be inset or trimmed with
molding. Beams and rafters can be notched and stacked in
tiers for additional strength and visual interest.
Built-ins ~ Consider how built-in
features can enhance your usage. Benches (with built in
storage) can be added and fireplaces can add romance and
warmth to increase usage during the evenings and winter
Metalwork ~ Blackened, wrought iron or
copper post braces, lanterns and accents can add style,
strength and functionality.
Lighting ~ The placement and type of
lighting can evoke both a style and a mood. Lanterns
hung from ceiling beams, side mounted sconces, track or
spot lighting or a central chandelier all create an
immediate sense of style. Low mood lighting can softly
illuminate pathways and steps as well as create a
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