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Pergolas, Arbors and Shade Structures

Pergolas, Arbors and Shade Structures serve as extensions to the living space of the home. Check out the included pictures for just a small sampling of the options. From a sitting area  https://www.facebook.com/Quandtslandscapes/photos/ overlooking both the home and rural landscape, to a patio cover. Climbing plants can be added to these structures to provide summer shade, while allowing in any winter sun.

Arbor of new Cedar with fence and gate boards from existing fence.

Arbor of new Cedar with fence and gate boards from existing fence.

 

Cedar Shade Structure (prior to painting), CO and AZ Sandstone walls, patios and steps

Cedar Shade Structure (prior to painting), CO and AZ Sandstone walls, patios and steps

 

Cedar Shade Structure (painted to match the house), Colorado and Arizona Sandstone Walls, Patios and Steps

Cedar Shade Structure (painted to match the house), Colorado and Arizona Sandstone Walls, Patios and Steps

 

Arbor for existing Clematis (each end) and wire mesh for Raspberries. Cedar - minimum height 8', overall length 13'.

Arbor for existing Clematis (each end) and wire mesh for Raspberries. Cedar – minimum height 8′, overall length 13′.

 

Cedar Pergola 14'x16'

Cedar Pergola and Holland Paver Patio 14’x16′

Cedar Pergola for bench swing

 

Cedar Swing Pergola

Cedar Swing Pergola

Cedar Swing Pergola

 

 

Decks – Natural Wood and Composite

Decks can be added to many homes to create a unique outdoor social and private space. These spaces can meet a door or indoor floor height, without having to traverse steps. This is advantageous especially in the wetter times of year, here in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Decks can serve as a transitional space between indoor living and the outdoor landscape.

There are a number of natural woods, as well as composite materials to choose from. These will give the homeowner many years of relatively maintenance free access to the outdoors. In this day and age it is important to pay attention to the appeal of a natural wood deck.  Also know that many of the foreign hardwoods are now sustainably harvested.

Of course, an option to a deck would be a patio of pavers, or natural stone. See Patio Options at http://quandtslandscapes.com/patio-options/

Cedar Deck 42'x10'
Cedar Deck 42’x10′

Deck of Kayu Mas and Red Meranti handrailimg_2740 img_2741

Deck of Kayu Mas

As a transitional space, your deck can offer an immediate out of the door space that feels like an expansion of the inner living environment. This can offer an easy access to your barbecue, visit with the weather, overview of your landscape or even to additional hardscape living space, such as a patio.

Decks can be accented with various types of built in and mobile sitting areas, tables, potted plants (which can be a great part of the transition from inner living to outdoor landscape). In some of the smaller yards, the deck may be the prime solution to having access to the out of doors, without investing in much of a landscape other than that. They offer places where you can relax and enjoy having people over for a barbecue, birthday party, or other event where the size of your home does not allow the room to accommodate many extra people visiting.

Whatever the reason for adding a deck to your home, this space can be adapted to your own tastes, needs and limitations.

 

It’s officially winter

It’s officially winter, here in northwest Oregon. Of course, that means the rains have moved in. While this season can be a bit on the muddy side, there are still some projects that can be initiated and completed. Sometimes, dancing between the really rainy days can stretch out the projects a little longer. However, this is a very good time to both set up projects for when the weather breaks, and to slip some work in, when the rain isn’t looking.
Give a call – 503-939-5643, or email peter@quandtslandscapes.com, to set up a time to get together and plan.
Hardscapes, walls, patios, even wood structures can be completed before spring, to enjoy before the outdoor season really even starts.