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Gift Outside Expectations: Holiday Presents that Make Home the Best Place to Be

Posted on 2020-12-14 by Walpole Outdoors

Looking to think outside the box for the holidays? If nothing else, 2020 has taught us the value of home. Gift your loved ones with something special this year that helps make home the best place to be. From thoughtful gifts to big showstoppers, Walpole has something for everyone.  


For the Gardener

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There’s no shortage of trinkets for the gardener in your life, but to truly gift them something special, consider gifts that offer a new place for their thumbs get a little greener. Planter and window boxes make a great choice for gardeners that like to change their plantings seasonally, and trellises and obelisks offer an eye-catching environment for climbing vines.  


For the Growing Family 

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As anyone with kids knows, shoes are everywhere––all the time. Help them stay tidy and look good while they do it with a stylish boot tray that’s fit for Instagram. 


For the Nature-Lover 

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Nature lovers already enjoy the great outdoors. Help them enhance their experience with a beautiful Walpole birdfeeder and bring nature directly to them. Or, if you want to go bigger, an arbor with a bench makes a perfect private sanctuary for your nature enthusiast to sit and take it all in.  


For the New Homeowner 

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New homeowners rarely focus on the smaller exterior details, yet often they make the most impact. Help them make a quick and beautiful upgrade with a new, classic mailbox, lamp post or personalized house sign—all thoughtful, unexpected gifts that will add beauty and curb appeal for years to come.  


For the Endless-Summer Lover 

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There’s nothing like an outdoor shower after a day at the beach or lake. Likewise, there’s nothing like starting off a summer morning with an outdoor spritz to make a regular workday feel like vacation. For the right person, an outdoor shower kit is an unexpected addition that turns any home into a staycation (and increases home value to boot). 


For the Ultimate Family Retreat 

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This year, the big family surprise isn’t a luxury vacation. Instead, it’s bringing the vacation home with a backyard sanctuary perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Walpole can help your family design the ultimate outdoor room, with everything from dreamy pergolas and privacy fencing to beautiful outdoor furniture and top–of–the–line outdoor kitchens, so your family can spread out and enjoy the great outdoors season after season.  


Still not sure? We can help with that.  

Want to help your loved ones’ upgrade their outdoor space, but still unsure of the right present? Simply reach out to the Walpole location nearest you and our representatives will be happy to create a gift certificate that will help make their outdoor dreams come true. Walpole gift certificates can be used at any location as well as online, making them the perfect choice for any homeowner.  


If you’d like to surprise your friends and family with a gift that’s outside expectations, give us a call. We would be happy to help you select something for everyone on your list.  


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Winter is Coming: 6 Reasons Why Now is the Perfect Time to Install an Outdoor Space

Posted on 2020-12-09 by Walpole Outdoors

Now that the temps have dropped, it’s easy to let your outdoor renovation projects hibernate until things warm up again. It’s a common misconception that patios, fencing, pergolas, and other outdoor structures can’t be installed in the colder months. The truth is that winter can be an optimal time for planning and installing and/or upgrading your outdoor space. In fact, there’s more than one reason why a winter install is a smart idea. Let’s take a look:


1.) Less Damage

Hardscaping and landscaping renovations are simply easier in the winter. Since most trees, plants, and grasses go dormant in the cooler months, workers are less likely to damage existing plantings during the installation process—especially when there is larger installation equipment involved. Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible (even beneficial) to install pavers in the winter. Likewise, lumber used for wood fences, pergolas, or other outdoor structures has had time to dry and cure, minimizing the risk of warping, shrinkage, or cracks. (Of course, this is a non-issue when using AZEK cellular vinyl, which won’t warp, rot, or peel regardless of the weather).


2.) Shorter Wait Times 

Spring and summer are when things start to get busy across the industry, from contractors and landscapers to manufacturers and suppliers, adding major lag time to most outdoor projects. But during the winter slowdown, there’s simply more time and manpower to dedicate to your project. Outdoor structure suppliers are usually well-stocked, work crews have more bandwidth—even checking city codes and procuring permits move at a much quicker pace.


3.) Less Disruptive

Whether your project is commercial or residential, there’s a good chance your client won’t be planning on utilizing the space until the weather turns warmer. This allows your team to get the job done quickly and efficiently and with minimal interruption. You can then move on to the next project faster, ultimately making the most of your offseason.


4.) Drier Weather

For many regions, the spring brings lots of rain (read: mud), while the summer is synonymous with humidity—both of which can make an installation process more difficult for various reasons. Winters, while cold, are typically drier, which makes the entire process—from material handling to groundwork—much easier.


5.) Ready to Go for Spring

Perhaps your client has other big projects lined up for the spring. Or perhaps they just want to be able to start using their outdoor space ASAP (and if they happen to be a restaurant in 2020, we can’t blame them). In either event, a winter install allows them to start getting a return on their investment immediately, whether it’s entertaining friends and family or expanding their business’s footprint.


6.) Or Maybe Even Sooner

For homes and commercial properties that would like to be able to continue safely socializing this year, and an outdoor space that includes a heating element may allow them to do so. 


The winter doesn’t mean you need to hit pause on creating an exceptional outdoor space. In fact, it might be the best time to get started. At Walpole Outdoors, we’ve been creating high-quality outdoor structures since 1933, and we’ve seen a lot of winters. If you’re interested in learning more about how easy it is to get your next outdoor project underway this winter, give us a call. We’re the outdoor experts.


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Living Plein Air: How an Outdoor Living Space Improves Your Quality of Life

Posted on 2020-11-20 by Walpole Outdoors

Designers often talk about “bringing the outside in” when it comes to interiors—likely why natural fibers, plants, and window focal points never seem to fall out of vogue. But what about the opposite—bringing the inside out?


A thoughtfully composed outdoor living space doesn’t just add aesthetic appeal. It provides an oasis for family and friends to enjoy the fresh air and each other’s company in comfort and style. And though they’re fast becoming must-haves for many design lovers, outdoor rooms are more than a passing fad. They can significantly improve your quality of life.


Consider this: according to the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, even spending just twenty minutes a day in an outdoor space can result in less stress, less risk of depression, and a general sense of well-being. And we probably don’t need to point out that, in our socially-distant world, outdoor living spaces seem like the last strong-hold for safe entertaining. If you haven’t yet created your own personal sanctuary yet, here’s a few points to ponder:


  • Natural light supplies our bodies with vitamin D, which helps prevent several diseases, including diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and depression. Natural light also helps regulate circadian rhythms, helping you to stay more alert during the day and have a more restful nights’ sleep.
  • A little time in outside does a lot for your mood, with specific therapeutic benefits for anxiety and depression.
  • An outdoor living space lets you stay connected to friends and family. There are many documented benefits to socializing, though in today’s health crises, it’s not that easy. A well-designed outdoor space lets you to safely and comfortably enjoy your loved ones’ company.
  • In a world that’s increasingly online, spending time in an outdoor space has shown to have profound effects on attention, creativity, and our ability to relate to others.


Elements of Style: Outdoor Room Essentials


To reap the benefits, you’ll want to create a space that invites lingering. While there isn’t a one-size fits all approach, the best and most useable outdoor living spaces usually incorporate several (or all) of the following:


  • Privacy fencing and/or plantings
  • A defined patio or deck area
  • A shade element such as a pergola
  • An aesthetic focal point, such as an arbor or trellis
  • Outdoor lighting
  • A firepit, outdoor fireplace, or other heat source
  • An outdoor kitchen or food preparation area
  • Textured plantings and flower gardens


Adding elements like comfortable seating, outdoor textiles and rugs, candles, vases, and planter boxes let express your personal style and create a welcoming space you’ll want to take advantage of again and again.


Meet friluftsliv, the new hygge


With fall in full swing and winter upon us, an outdoor living space may seem like less of priority. But we’d like to take a note from our friends in Northern Europe, who don’t let a little thing like the cold keep them banished inside.


It’s no secret that Scandinavia has long been a trendsetter in terms of design when it comes to form and function—midcentury modern pieces have stuck around for good reason. In 2016, designers (and all of Instagram) obsessed over hygge, the Danish concept of cozy indoor living. Appropriately for 2020, friluftsliv is the latest Scandinavian influence taking hold—and goes hand-in-hand with health and mental well-being. A Norwegian word that translates to “free-air living, ”friluftsliv is about spending time outside, no matter the season.


Since Norway perpetually tops the list of the world’s happiest countries, fritsluftliv is worth welcoming. Creating an outdoor living space you can enjoy year-round lets you fully embrace the benefits of the great outdoors, especially when entertaining inside might not be a viable option.


Time Outdoors is Always Time Well-spent


When enjoying the outdoors is as simple as stepping into your backyard, it becomes that much more satisfying. Your outside room can be extension of your home—and no less comfortable or luxurious. Fortunately, outdoor living options have taken great strides in both form and function, making it possible for you to create a linger-worthy space that remains beautiful year after year. At Walpole Outdoors, we’ve been helping families creating exceptional outdoor spaces since 1933. For those who don’t want to settle for anything less than the best for their home, we’ll help you live outside expectations. Contact us today to get your outdoor room project underway.

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