Expand Your Outdoor Living Space

Working on expanding your outdoor living space? Consider a classic pergola design to add style and shade to an outdoor deck or patio. You can easily extend your outdoor living space right out your back door to create a cool and comfortable sitting area. Create the custom look and feel you desire to enhance your outdoor experience, starting with a custom pergola. Relax in the comfortable setting that was designed specifically for your space. With a variety of styles and building [...]


Fireplace and Stonework Enhance Custom Outdoor Patio

A loyal Indiana pergola customer recently shared views from their yard where they installed a new custom outdoor patio. They’ve enhanced their sitting area with beautiful stonework, a fireplace, and large stepping stones. It’s a great sampling of photos from different angles to display the use of landscaping to soften the edges of the patio. Installing an outdoor fireplace can spur all-season outdoor relaxation, depending on the weather in your location. In Indiana, even though the average first frost date [...]

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How-to guides for planting backyard entertaining area

Trying to decide when and what to plant to prep your backyard entertaining area? Looking for a guide or quick tips for your pre-summer spruce-up? We found a couple gardening guides and checklists from regions across the U.S. that might offer some guidance. Find out which plants work and when to plant them to enhance your backyard retreat like the patio shown here by one of our Vermont pergola kit customers. If your state isn’t represented in the resources here, feel [...]


How to Keep Cool During Dog Days of Summer

With the dog days of summer in full swing in many parts of the country, finding a way to keep ourselves and our pets cool is top priority. Outdoor shade structures offer pets and people a spot where they can retreat to take a break and cool off. It’s a great place to relax and sip a cold drink as well as a spot for your pet’s water dish so they can stay hydrated while outdoors. Dogster offers some [...]


How to Enhance Outdoor Spaces

Not sure where to start with your outdoor space? Landscaping and hardscaping can transform your backyard into a functional favorite room that can be used year-round. Define and enhance outdoor spaces with pavers for your patio and pathways, and soften the backdrop with evergreens or deciduous plants that will thrive in your climate zone. Pull it all together with an outdoor structure like a cedar pergola and you’re well on your way to defining your outdoor space! Even if [...]

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Summer Outdoor Gardening Checklist

Have a few things left on your outdoor gardening checklist to finish up? As you dust off the to-do list you started working on earlier this summer, or as you scan new ideas for summer patio and garden projects for your part of the country, try out one of these gardening suggestions that matches your climate and current weather patterns. Is your August hot & humid? Hot & dry? Wet & windy? Or cool & crisp? This list on [...]


Make the Most of Your Mid-Summer Outdoor Dining Experience

Mid-summer is such a wonderful time to really take advantage of the nice weather and eat outside on your porch or patio. There are so many different aspects that make outdoor dining more of an experience than just eating a meal. Everything from the decorations, to the food you eat, and how you prepare it helps set the mood. Dressing your outdoor tablescape for success is a great way to set the tone for an outdoor party or just a [...]


Patio Pergola Photos with Unique Patio Designs

Looking for some fresh ideas for your summer patio? Our August 2017 customer of the month patio pergola photos are showing unique patio designs that extend their living area off their deck or patio. Take a minute and pick your favorite, and we’ll announce the one with the most votes on August 8. We appreciate our customers and love to see the finished work from coast-to-coast! This month we have pergolas from Colorado, Texas, and Massachusetts. Whether you have a [...]


Beautiful Accents for Your Midsummer Retreat

Results are in and it’s a tie for our July Customer of the Month between a Big Kahuna pergola kit and a Brim pergola kit! Thank you to those who took a moment to vote. Looking for a midsummer project to spiff up your outdoor living space? Garden arbors, gazebos and pergolas can be used to enhance your patio, deck, or garden area, and come in all sizes to fit any size yard. Smaller designs can be used as a beautiful accent [...]


Summertime Staycation Ideas

Sometimes all you want is to take a well-deserved vacation from the realities of everyday life, especially with summer rolling in full swing. Unfortunately, jetting off to a faraway island is something that’s not always in the cards, or perhaps not a first choice. Maybe you’d like more familiar surroundings on your time off, or you simply want to stay home and enjoy the new backyard playground you’ve recently added to your landscape! Oftentimes, the best vacation memories are created [...]