Beyond the Picket Fence - Bringing Contemporary Designs to Your Backyard


“Less is more.” First coined by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe nearly two centuries ago, this phrase summing up the minimalist approach has pervaded pop culture in recent years. With a renewed focus on minimalism in fashion, design and even lifestyle (think Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’), this simplistic, efficient, streamlined approach to everything from makeup to furniture certainly has its advantages. Upholding this idea that less is more, contemporary design appeals to a range of homeowners, yard enthusiasts, and design-lovers alike. Offering something outside of the white-picket-fence-box, contemporary landscape design has been one of the top pinned, grammed and shared styles in recent years. And for good reason. Clean lines and a streamlined design serve as the framework for contemporary outdoor design, integrating natural elements like wood and stone that build easily off the already-existing landscape.


Following the hay day of both modern design and the arts and crafts movement, contemporary style emerged in the latter half of the 20th century. Blending sustainable materials with dramatic visuals, it’s no surprise that the contemporary aesthetic is still a favorite today. Its universal appeal works well with even the most colonial of homes, offering a refreshing juxtaposition to a traditional architectural style.


From New England to nouveau, the space, aesthetic, and materials chosen all play an integral role of the landscape design end game. Does your heart go pitter patter for swaths of roses climbing along a crisp white lattice? Or perhaps cedar and stone speak your language? The truth is – style is quite personal. And if you find yourself wondering what’s beyond the picket fence, you might consider contemporary. It’s eclectic, yet purposeful. Informal, yet structural. While there are no hard and fast rules to contemporary design, it’s also not just a hodgepodge of styles. Simply put, contemporary design is all of the stylistic qualities of present-day aesthetics.


Shaded to Perfection


When thinking about your landscape design, you might consider the layout, materials, and general aesthetic. But are you really thinking about a contemporary way of living? For example, if you have an active family with small children, you might consider creating play zones to keep the sports off your terrace. Or perhaps your inner yogi is seeking a quiet place for renewal and meditation. A hidden arbor-covered corner can offer you all of the Zen your Kripalu-heart desires. Do you like to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening? Install a sleek AZEK pergola to make an outdoor seating area where you can sip under the stars.


Contemporary pergolas flip the script on traditional design with an eclectic use of materials and a careful mix of textures. A contemporary AZEK pergola can offer your patio or deck a right-this-minute transformation with streamlined visuals, minimalist sensibilities, and on-trend color palettes. Go against the grain and create your own, distinctive take on a pergola. Need a muse? Here, western Red Cedar and stainless-steel lathing work in tandem to create a distinctive (and enviable) contemporary outdoor dining space shading both a kitchen and seating area. The sunlight streaming in through narrow slats overhead and the resulting shadows are a dreamy bonus.


Slatted and airy, this pergola provides structure to the poolside spaces without confinement. The stone columns are the crowning jewel of the sleek, custom Western Red Cedar Pergola. When planning your AZEK pergola design, look to linear details, interesting angles, and surprising materials for a streamlined aesthetic. Integrate custom built-in lighting to your already stunning AZEK pergola for a swoon worthy outdoor space perfect for a quiet night in or entertaining friends and family. Walpole’s line of contemporary pergolas can be customized with a palette of more than 100 color choices in vinyl safe paint from Sherwin Williams, with a 25-year warranty.


Vertical definition


Add style and panache with a clean, contemporary arbor. Vinyl arbors create intimacy and interest, and they also anchor your space, offering a design solution that’s both functional and easy on the eyes. Here this Walpole elliptical arbor transforms the garden from meh to magnificent with curved custom vinyl gates. To keep things visually interesting, Walpole’s selection of vinyl arbors offers a combination of refined finishes and vertical definition to enhance any outdoor space.


Whether you’re marking the entrance, framing a pathway, or carving out a garden room, vinyl arbors are an instrumental tool in the landscape design toolbelt. Why? They are incredibly versatile, they create a dramatic focal point, and they make the kind of first impression that makes your friends jealous. Plus, Walpole’s custom vinyl arbors and custom vinyl gates can be tailored to reflect your personal style.


Because it's likely the most visible element in the landscape design, your arbor sets the tone for your space. This custom Moon Arbor would probably look out of place in a small English rose garden with a picket fence, where a more traditional garden arbor flanked by lattice and a white finish would better fit in. Conversely, a spindle top arbor might not be the ideal choice for a coolly minimalistic rock garden, where strength and solidity rule. Whether putting the finishing touch on your customized design or serving as a sophisticated stand-alone statement, Walpole's extensive line of commercial pergolas, custom vinyl arbors and custom vinyl gates offer a versatile solution for discerning homeowners.


From the colonial gateways to the contemporary pergolas, Walpole’s extensive line of carefully crafted outdoor products is long-lasting and distinctive. Completely customizable, built to last, and offer little-to-no maintenance, Walpole’s custom vinyl gates, arbors and pergolas come signed, sealed, and delivered in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating incredible outdoor spaces. Our team of designers are available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so you can get your outdoor project underway! 

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Partner with a Manufacturer of Premium Outdoor Structures on Your Next Contract


With ever-evolving client needs and the growing demand for both instant gratification and finished projects that stand the test of time, it’s getting more challenging for architects and designers to meet (and to exceed) client expectations. Many forward-thinking pros are building purposeful partnerships to expand and support their own capabilities and to maximize client excitement and satisfaction. As a manufacturer with a reputation for unmatched quality in residential and commercial pergolas, fencing, gates, and other outdoor structure, Walpole Outdoors is an excellent example of such a partner for design professionals.


For decades, Walpole has been working directly with architects and landscape designers to create premium products and beautiful finished outdoor spaces for the most discerning residential and commercial clients. An important part of their business has long been customization to meet specifications. This means that Walpole’s team can turn your CAD files into gorgeously milled finished pieces from the lattices on your custom arbors to the sweeping, reinforced structure of a contemporary pergola. But it also means a lot more in terms of building your capabilities and impressing your clients.


Your work is only as good as your collaborator


You’re going to have collaborators on your jobs, whether you choose them or whether your clients do. When you hand off your designs and specifications off to a client, they’re probably delighted with your work. They look forward to beautiful commercial pergolas framing their office’s entryways or the crisp, elegant lines of the AZEK gates that open into their garden, because you’ve sold them the idea of a great finished product that they’ll see every day for years. And they will. Every day. Whether it’s everything they dreamed, or a mess made by cut corners, kit products, and low-quality materials that you never specified.


Partnering with Walpole Outdoors offers the advantage of direct collaboration and personal attention throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. Housed under one roof in their state-of-the-art new England facilities, Walpole provides expert, one-on-one service. Starting from your initial concepting phase, CAD, engineering, and CNC milling capabilities are at your disposal. Real specialist work with you to provide you with samples, feedback, feasibility analyses, and more. And when the final project is approved and ready to execute, you’re not handing off your plans to Walpole: you’re confidently directing them to complete the custom arbors, AZEK gates, and commercial pergolas as part of a job Walpole has been involved in, all along.


Your only partner for AZEK excellence


“Vinyl” is a word few clients will ever ask you to put into your designs and specifications. But architects and landscape designers are increasingly aware that AZEK, a synthetic material once considered primarily appropriate only for trim or short planking, is an increasingly attractive option for use as a material in residential and commercial projects of all sizes. AZEK has been recognized for being able to replicate the look and feel of real wood while being much more durable and low-maintenance, and the possibilities you can offer your clients using this environmentally friendly material and partnering with a manufacturer who known how to work with it are nearly endless.


Walpole is the #1 fabricator of AZEK structures and products. That’s not a simple matter of volume; Walpole has unique methods of milling, reinforcing, and working with AZEK. This allows Walpole (and their partners) to use AZEK for much larger and sturdier structures, like this large span contemporary pergola and these architectural AZEK gates or projects requiring expansive commercial pergolas. Walpole can also include wiring conduits in AZEK pergolas for integrated lighting and power outlets, as well as features like powered awnings and screens. And your finest designs and detailing can be rendered with crisp, beautiful precision, such as in these Custom Chippendale AZEK gates. And as with all things AZEK, the finished versions of your projects will look great (requiring only minimal occasional surface cleaning) for decades.


Unmatched capabilities


If you understand the importance of collaborating only with top-quality manufacturers, you’ll be in good company. Sherwin-Williams recognizes the unique quality of Walpole’s AZEK finishing processes, and licenses Walpole to offer pieces factory-painted in over100 custom Sherwin-Williams Vinylsafe colors. So, whether you design gated custom arbors in bold hues (like this Hale navy blue elliptical arbor and Yorktown gate), or classic white, as in this stunning poolside contemporary pergola and outdoor kitchen, you’re also giving your clients an exclusive 25-year paint warranty against peeling, chipping, or cracking.

 

And as part of the value engineering Walpole provides professional collaborators, they not only help you create efficiencies to lower the final cost of your customized pieces; their design collections offer you a palette of pre-existing options across colonial, contemporary, and classical styles that can be integrated seamlessly into your plans. This can help you deliver the specific elegance and quality your vision and your clients demand, while staying within budget.

 

Choosing a partner


Finding the right partner, whether in business or life, isn’t always easy. You want someone who expands your capabilities without complicating your process, a partner who brings you solutions, not excuses, and a collaborator that makes your best designs even better by making them real. By making Walpole’s capabilities your own, you’re able to offer options your client may have thought impossible (and which would have been, without Walpole).


For more than 80 years, Walpole has worked continuously with industry professionals to help better meet their customers’ needs. Offering design collaboration and customization capabilities for landscape and architectural pros using AZEK for their clients’ next outdoor projects, Walpole is ready to provide you with CNC milling, unique engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and unparalleled partnership and support. Discover the difference collaboration can make. Discover what you can do with Walpole Outdoors.

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Driveway Gates - The First Impression of Your Home


When you envision your home’s entryway, quite often the front door is viewed as the centerpiece. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But there is one thing that makes an arguably better first impression than any other exterior feature of your home. The driveway gate. The driveway gate is a versatile element that rolls out the proverbial welcome mat in a way no other feature can. A well-designed custom driveway gate serves as a statement of your home’s style, and better yet, it leaves a first impression that lasts. 


A well-balanced blend of functionality and aesthetics, properly chosen and installed driveway gates draw immediate attention to your home, seamlessly blending with the natural design and flow of the property. The gateway to your home and one of the defining factors of your curb appeal, these gates serve a dual purpose: they’re visually pleasing and provide added security and privacy for your property.


Depending on your home’s architectural style and landscaping, consider both your aesthetic and utilitarian goals for your driveway gate. Likely, they will work hand-in-hand to meet all of your gate criteria. Are you fond of traditional scalloped swing gates? Or perhaps you’re drawn to double gates outfitted with pillars, lanterns, and gate arbors. Size, scale, function, and style are all equal players in the gate-making game.


Size, Shape, and Function


Generally, the width of the driveway gate can be determined by the width of the driveway itself, taking into consideration any existing perimeter whether fencing or a natural privacy border are already in place. The height, however, can be entirely determined by you. Taller driveway gates offer a dramatic entrance, often incorporated into stately manors or grand estates. Shorter gates interfere less with the view in and out of the property. What’s a good rule of thumb? Your driveway gate height should be proportional to the width of the driveway.


To slide or to swing, that is the question. Functionally, gates open in one of two ways. When most people think of gorgeous, statement-worthy driveway gates they typically picture the traditional swinging gate. Swinging gates are found everywhere from residential driveways to industrial properties. Secured with traditional latches or via an electronic keypad or remote opener, swinging gates are low maintenance, elegant, and durable. Sliding gates open and close like you’d imagine: sliding from side to side becoming fully “tucked away” when open. Gates that slide open work best if you’re short on space or have a narrower driveway. They afford the same elegance and security of a swing gate without the need for a wide arc’s worth of space to open. 


And finally, there’s the shape. With an incredible range of styles and materials Walpole can craft a custom driveway gate to meet your style. Whether you see your custom driveway gate as an extension of your home or consider it an entirely separate utilitarian feature, you have almost infinite possibility when it comes to driveway gate styles. And we’re not just talking materials. Gravitate toward graceful arches or clean, streamlined edges? Classic or contemporary? Rustic or refined? Luckily, there’s a gate for you.


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Sleek and streamlined, this custom driveway gate features clean, horizontal lines with minimalistic hinges in keeping with contemporary style of this home. Contemporary driveway gates can be custom fabricated with AZEK, metal, or wood and then painted in one of more than 100 choices in Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe colors, guaranteed to be safe from cracking, peeling, and blistering for 25 years.


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Classic and elegant, this custom driveway gate features smooth straight lines and gentle curves, offering a glimpse of your home. Driveway gate designs often feature a a curved top edge – whether arched or scalloped. Here, a Chestnut Hill Driveway Gate offers sophistication, security, and style with a scalloped top edge and handcrafted recessed panels.


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Taking inspiration from another era, historical driveway gates can create a sense of time and place to your property. Keeping in period of your home, Walpole can craft a custom driveway gate to complement your historical property seamlessly and effortlessly—whether you’d like it to look like a gate from an old world-y estate or from a 19th Century Georgian Colonial, as seen in this property.


It’s all in the details.

After form and function come the flourishes to your custom driveway gate. Embellishments like gate arbors, custom vinyl pergolas and the other intricate design elements can enhance your gate in a big way. Finials and cutouts offer an interesting architectural detail while inlays and hinges put the finishing touches on your new custom gate. Here, a handsome Walpole Convex Entrance Gate flanked by square paneled pillar posts with dentil detailing and Walpole Urn finial not only functional but impressive.


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Flanking either side of this Chippendale gate are two lantern-topped pillars that seamlessly connect the driveway gate to the natural privacy hedging framing the property.


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With a range of custom vinyl pergolas and gate arbors, Walpole offers many gates that can be tailored to your home's architecture and existing landscaping – no matter your stylistic preference. Custom touches like elaborate light fixtures, stately pillars, or custom vinyl pergolas can be integrated to enhance the overall design of your driveway gate.



At Walpole Outdoors, we’ve been helping families create exceptional outdoor structures since 1933. As are the leading designers, fabricators, and installers of the highest quality gates, fencing, gate arbors, and custom vinyl pergolas, we can help you make a lasting first impression with a custom driveway gate. To ensure that your finished product lives up to your expectations, driveway gate and pergola projects require expert design advice, meticulous measurements, and professional installation. Look for a partner who can provide all three. From consultation to concept to completion, you and your property deserve the best. Call us to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so we can start planning right now for your next project. 

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How the Right Fence Can Turn a Yard into the Perfect Living Space


Perhaps you’ve created the yard you’ve always dreamed of complete with a custom outdoor kitchen, a perfect pool and gorgeous gardens. But close proximity to your neighbors, traffic noise, or an unsightly view, may keep you from enjoying the backyard retreat you’ve created and cared for. The addition of an AZEK or custom wood fence can work as a buffer to create a more secluded outdoor retreat. Whether you want to establish safe borders, enhance your garden, or feel like you're a world away, a fence can be invaluable in your outdoor space. Extending the footprint of your home, custom AZEK fences can be installed alongside a patio, deck, or pool to create outdoor areas for entertainment, play, and relaxation. Offering the perfect blend of beauty and function, AZEK fences can create different types of spaces throughout your property that best serve your family’s needs while adding a layer of privacy in your backyard


Around a pool area, a fence plays a pivotal role. Whether an AZEK or a custom wood fence, creating a stylish and distinctive perimeter is like the cherry on top of an already picturesque outdoor space. Not to mention, a thoughtfully placed, expertly crafted fence affords seemingly effortless privacy and safety to your space.


If your kids practice sports or just like to run wild outside, it’s easy and important to create a place for them to do so. A solid AZEK or custom wood fence can easily create a perimeter for a designated ball play space in your backyard.


Or perhaps, you’re planning to designate a nook in where quiet and reflection, not physical activity, takes center stage. For a secluded setting, consider lattice for a natural privacy barrier. Allow climbing hydrangeas or other perennial vines to grow up the lattice for a tranquil and inspiring outdoor room.


Less is More with Lattice

By enclosing your outdoor spaces with custom fencing, you not only protect your investment of time, energy and effort you have put into curating your space; you set the stylistic tone. Lattice fences lend themselves as easy dividers between outdoor spaces throughout your property, creating seating areas, garden enclosures or skirting a pool area, helping to blur the line between inside and out. And the ways you can use lattices to express your styles are endless.


Here, a lattice fence is outfitted with wire insets offering plenty of cottage charm, serving as the quintessential backdrop for climbing plants while maintaining its intended function and purpose. Stylish lattice fences provide a feeling of privacy, encourage climbing plants, and when strategically located, can deter deer from grazing on your property.


Add a simple, elegant architectural element to a patio or deck and tie an entire outdoor “room” together with AZEK solid cellular PVC customized lattice fencing (or even simple lattice kits). This Lattice-over-Lattice Fence and Double Custom Vinyl Gate offers delightful views of the sweeping lawns while doubling as a safe pool enclosure. From crafting a private oasis in a bustling metropolis to replicating a historical Victorian Lattice Fence, Walpole’s lattice fences can be tailored to any aesthetic – with more than 40 different fencing styles to choose from. 


Open or Closed, Gates Always Say Welcome

Rolling out the welcome mat in a way no ordinary pathway can, a custom vinyl gate offers the chance to create that wow-factor upon first glance. Guests encounter the entrance to your outdoor space first, so make the kind of first impression that sparks the curiosity and piques interest about what’s beyond the gate. Draped with colorful clematis or fragrant climbing roses, the right gate can create a dramatic focal point of a garden, patio or terrace. With the weight, look and feel of real wood, a custom vinyl gate from Walpole will mark the entry of your outdoor space in style.


Integrate custom vinyl gates throughout your outdoor space to serve as transitions between one outdoor room with the next. Enclose a backyard, connect two garden rooms, or section off a side yard space for play. Make your outdoor space unforgettable by adding a custom vinyl gate, customized to almost any height and width, in an extensive range of styles. Here, Walpole incorporated an impressive radius Chestnut Hill fence and walk gates to enclose a defined area of greenery. 


From the classic to the contemporary, Walpole’s extensive line of fences and gates is long-lasting and distinctive. Crafted from wood or solid cellular PVC (an environmentally friendly synthetic material), these fences and gates are completely customizable, built to last, and offer little-to-no maintenance. Ranging from monochromatic to bold-blended hues, Walpole’s line of AZEK fences, gates and other products come signed, sealed, and delivered in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. From a vivid Verde Green to a dramatic custom black, Walpole can tailor custom gates, lattice fences, or any other exterior projects with its expansive palate of color choices, guaranteed to last for 25 years.


Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating amazing outdoor spaces for the most discerning homeowners. Walpole designers are available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so you can get your outdoor project underway! 

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Transforming Commercial Spaces with Custom Pergolas


Making improvements to your business facade will undoubtedly boost your foot traffic, improve your customer reviews, and increase the value of your business. Why? It turns out, folks sometimes do judge a book by its cover. Sure, things like customer service, referrals and a great product are equally important fundamentals of operating a successful business. But curb appeal is one of your most valuable marketing tools. Investing in the exterior of your property will result with big returns on the all-important first impression. 


Providing shelter from inclement weather, offering additional seating space, and enhancing your entrance, commercial pergolas are easily one of the most visually appealing ways to level up your outdoor space. And here’s how.


Make a Grand Entrance

Attached or freestanding—custom pergolas up your foot traffic, increase the value of your business and improve your customer reviews. For forward-thinking entrepreneurs understanding the need to expand their business’s footprint, custom Walpole AZEK pergolas deliver. An attached commercial pergola lends itself as an extension to your business, offering shelter and shade while helping connect your indoor and outdoor spaces. 


Welcome your customers through a grand entranceway with a distinctive pergola. As versatile as it is durable, a commercial pergola crafted from AZEK solid cellular PVC (an environmentally friendly synthetic material) is low maintenance, made to last, and completely customizable. Integrate an impressive pergola with a vinyl arbor like this custom AZEK entryway commercial pergola for a fantastic way to enhance curb appeal framing the entrance of your business. Whether painted crisp white or in a designer shade, the addition of a pergola or vinyl arbor at your place of business can be the very first things that your customers notice.


Considering the addition of an AZEK pergola when thinking about ways to define your commercial property is probably a good idea. Why? Because first impressions – good or bad – are everything. First impressions influence the way people shop, play, and dine. And let’s face it – you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. For instance, this expansive handcrafted custom Gallery Vinyl Arbor makes a striking first impression over its entryway. 


Al Fresco Ambiance

Dining alfresco is a beloved warm-weather tradition. The natural backdrop provides its own ambiance, great views and a festive atmosphere. During the pandemic, even more restaurants introduced sidewalk tables, garden seating, and rooftop bar lounges to attract and keep customers and keep their revenue streams strong. And these smart upgrades will have value for years to come, including acting as “free” advertising, but showing off the outdoor dining experience to passing pedestrians and drivers, turning many into patrons. 


Why not capitalize on the outdoor dining trend by transforming your space with an inviting commercial pergola? The simple addition of a pergola for restaurants or cafes can instantly enhance the outdoor dining experience and invite diners into your establishment.


Custom pergolas can add structure and shelter to transform an unremarkable façade, patio, courtyard, or roof into someplace special that your patrons, your employees, and your bottom line will appreciate.


Imagine your customers stepping outside into a striking outdoor space, complete with a pergola with built-in lighting. With the addition of an artfully designed pergola, you have created the ultimate outside veranda. And it can be replicated anywhere. Rooftop Bar? A pergola with built-in lighting provides creates a backdrop framing the night skyline perfect for snapping shareable pics of your establishment. Diners and bargoers are hungry for more than just what’s on your menu: they value experiences they can share in person and on social media. Sidewalk café? A handsome, head-turning attached pergola will pique the interest of anyone driving or walking by your outdoor dining space now imagining sipping a café au lait on your perfect pergola-covered space. 


A Place for Gathering

AZEK pergolas offer a smart expansion of your footprint for all the reasons that your guests, diners, or employees might want more space. When thinking about making any upgrades or improvements this season, consider ways to use AZEK pergolas to create an outdoor space for gathering and socializing. Whether for the overflow of guests, a social gathering or an outdoor meeting space, pergolas can be integrated at most brick-and-mortars, office spaces or private clubs--and the flexibility of design is almost limitless. 


This impressive custom 8-column pergola structure on the campus of Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island creates a focal gathering spot that is both architecturally impactful and inviting. Likewise, this expansive double shade pergola allows members of a private club to enjoy socializing outdoors, sheltered from gentle rain or blazing sunlight. Walpole's Shade canopies can be integrated into your custom commercial pergola design, providing comfort even in harsh sun or a light drizzle. Walpole offers motor-driven or manually operated canopies in a range of colors and to any size, crafted with Sunbrella rain resistant shade canopy fabric in many solids and stripes and in Harbor-Time waterproof fabrics.


If you’re ready to transform your commercial space with a custom pergola, Walpole Outdoors can develop a solution to match your needs and make an amazing impression on your employees, customers, and visitors. Discover the difference quality craftsmanship and impeccable design make and schedule your free professional design consultation today



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More than Trim & Panels: Rethinking AZEK Solid Cellular Vinyl


With a renewed focus on reimagining outdoor living spaces to be as equally cozy and design-forward as those found inside the walls of a home, homeowners are considering every square foot of their yards as retreats for family and friends. Transforming outdoor spaces into timelessly stylish living areas is top of mind for many. The pandemic has certainly shed new light on the value of serenity at home with the desire for safe outdoor spaces to relax, reconnect with nature, and recreate with family. 


When putting the pieces of the backyard landscape design puzzle together, you’ll consider the use of space, aesthetic, and materials to adequately reflect the personality and purpose of those who will enjoy them. And outdoor spaces can come as varied as the homeowners themselves, no doubt. There is not one blanket style, one aesthetic, nor one particular color that will appeal to each and every homeowner. But there is a single material known to win over the hearts of many.


Leveraging innovations in material science to offer sustainable solutions, AZEK has revolutionized the residential and commercial building industry. Offering the beauty and feel of real wood, high durability, and low maintenance, AZEK is an alternative material that outclasses and outlasts its wood counterpart by a long shot. 


AZEK solid cellular PVC offers the look, feel, and workability of real wood. It’s well-known as a decking, panel, and trim material, but with the right manufacturing partner, it can be used for an exciting range of structural and aesthetic applications to fulfill your designs and make them last.


Many homeowners (and designers) may see “vinyl” or “PVC” and think of AZEK as some flimsy, toxic, fake plastic substance to be avoided. In actuality, AZEK is crafted from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) using a low-emission, environmentally friendly process. AZEK is a low-maintenance material resists warping, moisture, and sun damage, retaining its sturdiness, carpenter-finish, and color for decades. 


The #1 fabricator of AZEK products is Walpole Outdoors, and this New England-based company offers unique design collaboration and customization capabilities for architectural and landscape pros who choose AZEK for their finished projects. With everything from easily integrated AZEK kit pergolas to graceful AZEK Arbors to custom planter boxes, Walpole’s extensive line of products are long-lasting, durable, and distinctive – ready and waiting for your next big plan.


When the Landscape Meets the Hardscape

As you know, the structure of a garden is not defined only by its annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Serving as a backdrop and defining the garden, dining, or living space, the architecture and the various elements integrated throughout the property provides the strongest elements of the landscape design. Inserting an AZEK arbor into your design provides an easy and eye-catching element that can transform a garden from meh to magnificent.


Often draped with rambling wisteria, colorful clematis, or fragrant climbing roses, arbors create a dramatic focal point or serve as an entryway for welcoming guests. From elegant and traditional to modern designs, AZEK arbors can be configured into the framework of any design. Integrated into fencing, enhanced with lattice, a charming built-in bench, or other creative touches, arbors handcrafted in cellular PVC offer seamless style and little-to-no maintenance for your clients.


For a classic look so many homeowners envision for their home, a Standard Spindle Top Arbor offers plenty grace and charm. It’s lovely arched top flanked by two side lattice panels can seamlessly integrate with any of Walpole’s custom AZEK fences. Or it can be standalone in a garden for a swoon-worthy garden accent in your design. An arbor brings vertical interest to the horizontal ho-hum of a yard or garden. 


With the right arbor, you can enhance a walkway, make a grand entrance, or create a shady backyard retreat. With an extensive range of styles to complement a variety of AZEK fences, from cottage to contemporary, Walpole arbors are made of beautiful, low-maintenance solid cellular PVC. 


AZEK arbors offer unrivaled high-performance and beauty because AZEK is engineered to last longer than other wood alternatives but offers the most natural hardwood look. 


The Ideal Material for Open-air Living

Looking for ways to freshen up their outdoor space in a way that speaks to the unique style of your client’s home? You can open up new possibilities for how they work, relax, and play in the outdoor spaces by designing the perfect pergola. AZEK Pergolas add architectural drama, provide a little safeguard from the elements, and extends a living or dining space underneath protective arches for cozy three-season outdoor hideaways.


Whether at home or a place of business, the addition of a structure like a pergola to any outdoor space expands its usefulness and aesthetic appeal. Reimagine open-air living with the addition of a fully customizable AZEK pergola, creating an outdoor “room” for comfy seating, cooking space, or al fresco dining that is built to last. 


With steadfast color engineered to stay true over time, you can specify the color of any Walpole AZEK pergola (or other AZEK product) with a palette of more than 100 color choices in vinyl safe paint from Sherwin Williams, with a 25-year warranty against cracking, peeling, and blistering. And Walpole’s’ expansive line of diverse grain options - including intricate, hand-scraped looks - offers elegant style with better protection. Each AZEK pergola has sturdy construction allowing for a manually operated ShadeFX canopy, offered in over fifty Sunbrella rain-resistant, waterproof, and commercial fabrics. And, Alloy Armour Technology provides a special capping protecting all four sides of the boards, empowering your client’s AZEK pergola to stand the test of time by resisting moisture and its corrosive effects.


Consider adding one of Walpole’s artfully designed weighted planter boxes to an AZEK pergola. Whether adding another layer to your customized design or serving as a sophisticated stand-alone statement piece, planter boxes are a versatile solution for homeowners and business owners alike. Solid cellular vinyl planter boxes have the look and feel of real wood but are far more durable and offer slim-to-no maintenance.  


AZEK: It’s more than Just Trim. 

Available to a worldwide audience, Walpole Outdoors’ product lines extend well beyond AZEK Trim, Decking, and Railings. Synonymous with quality and innovation and made in America, Walpole Outdoors is an industry leader, continually collaborating with architecture and design professionals to deliver impeccable style and uncompromising quality. 


Your best work can shine in this exceptional material. From AZEK fences that incorporate customized milling to posts, gates, and railings. Walpole can make it real. From concept to completion, Walpole Outdoors is ready to provide you with unique engineering, CNC milling, and unparalleled partnership and support throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. 


CONTACT WALPOLE OUTDOORS TO DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES OF AZEK FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT!

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The Perfect Family Room: Creating an Outdoor Space to Play, Dine, and Grow


There’s no substitute for having a comfortable, pleasant, versatile outdoor space at your home. During the COVID pandemic, families came to appreciate just how important these spaces can be, as they spent more time at home than ever. This summer, create a space for your family to enjoy both fresh air and each other’s company when you build the ultimate outdoor family room. 

No matter what the space will be used for, your outdoor family room should create a sense of destination. Because if the last year has taught us anything, it's that creating a home where you truly love to spend time with your favorite people is more than worth the effort. 

But if your outdoor area lacks the comfort and amenities to make it a great place to gather with loved ones, you might be thinking of a backyard remodel. Perhaps you're considering a complete overhaul or maybe just a minor facelift. No matter the scale of your project, you’ll want to think about the way you plan to creatively transform your outdoor space into the perfect family room. And likely you’ll find the possibilities are endless. 


Summer and the Outdoor Livin’s Easy

As the go-to area for everything from movie nights to playdates and all the bonding times in-between, the family room is central to your home. Likewise, an outdoor family room serves as a space for play, meals, and making memories.

 Creature comforts like sofas, lamps, or rugs found within the home can make for a terrific outdoor space. Outdoor spaces can be as chic and comfortable as your living room, becoming natural extensions of the home. But you can't just plop a settee and coffee table randomly in the yard and proclaim it your new "outdoor room." 

To create one that's comfortable, cohesive, functional, and anything but cookie-cutter, consider starting with a custom AZEK pergola to define your outdoor space. As outdoor activity increases so does the need for privacy, shade, and shelter from the elements. Vinyl pergolas can also be augmented with lattice panels to creates the kind of privacy you’ll want in your outdoor space. 

Next, invest in an outdoor sectional that is as comfy as your indoor sofa and add a stylish rug that can withstand the elements. Swap your family's Netflix time for making s'mores around the fire pit. And voila, you have everything you’re creating and outdoor oasis so cozy, it will make your living room jealous.


Outdoor Spaces for All Ages

Growing up, was your treehouse or fort your favorite hangout? Your kids deserve that same sense of outdoor wonder and fun. Having a designated outdoor area that's just for your children is important for fostering creativity, imagination, and independent play. Get your kids to put their smartphones and tablets down and play outside in a retreat of their own. Consider a custom AZEK pergola outfitted with a lattice fence for creating perfect outdoor enclaves for reading, playing board games, or watching outdoor movies. 


Really, what could be more magical than watching your favorite movie under the stars? When the sun sets, there’s nothing is better than an outdoor flick on a huge projector screen. Once you’ve installed your AZEK pergola, string up some fairy lights, set up your outdoor projector, and grab the popcorn. It’s showtime.


Al Fresco Dining

Whether your outdoor family space is a city balcony or a sprawling ranch with enviable acreage, dining outdoors in a much-anticipated ritual during the warmer months of the year. Dining al fresco with your family offers the chance to slow down and relax, together. Not to mention, food and drinks just taste better when enjoyed outside, period. 

Motivated by the mouthwatering aromas and seasonings that only come with cooking on outdoor barbecues and grills, cooking (and dining) al fresco has evolved into a favorite at-home family activity. Custom vinyl pergolas easily lend themselves to creating outdoor family dining spaces. 

Easily one of the most visually appealing ways to enhance your family’s outdoor space is with a custom AZEK pergola, offering shelter from inclement weather and enhancing your backyard space. For an instant cozy family dining area outdoors, you can demarcate the chosen space with planters or a lattice fence panel. And add built-in lighting to your already-gorgeous AZEK pergola to create ambience (and to light up evening meals and activities).


Grow Together

Sure, watching movies and playing games with your children is fun, but this summer, move your bonding time outdoors. Head to the backyard and spend summer days together outside in the garden this season.

Consider the design of your garden, and perhaps, let your children weigh in. Limited space? A lattice fence is ideal for vertical container gardening. Got some serious square footage? Design a dreamy cottage garden outfitted with arbors with gates for a space straight out of the storybooks. 

Walpole offers limitless possibilities for creating truly stunning garden enclosures. Appointed with an expansive line of arbors with gates and custom fencing you can add some serious aesthetic appeal to your family’s garden.


Create the Perfect Family Room with Walpole

Walpole Outdoors are the leading designers, fabricators, and installers of the highest quality AZEK pergolas and other premium products. They offer a wide array of classical, contemporary, and fully customized design options in fencing, vinyl pergolas and arbors with gates. Walpole specializes in creating amazing outdoor spaces for the most discerning homeowners. Our professional design team is available now to schedule a free measurement and consultation of your property, so you can start planning right now for your outdoor family room and enjoy the wonderful year you’ve been waiting for. 


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Roofscaping: 5 Top Ways Businesses Are Using Roof Spaces.


During an era when the experience is everything, rooftops are certainly an elevated draw. And it’s no wonder why. Rooftop areas have been on the rise in recent years as sought-after spaces for bars, restaurants, and hotels. As social distancing remained a priority, many outdoor venues have gotten creative over this last year. Rooftop spaces have continued to pop up across the country in the form of dining rooms, gardens, and co-working spaces. And it doesn’t look like the trend will be going away. Businesses have found that the sky’s the limit when considering the untapped potential of vertical space. 

 

1. Sky High Workspaces

Rooftop workspaces have been top-of-mind for developers and owners of urban office buildings long before the pandemic. It’s a great way to appeal to potential employees - adding a terrace with a vinyl pergola and reimagining once-barren rooftops into parklike settings where workers can unfurl yoga mats, swing in a hammock, or simply work amid more pleasant surroundings. Lengthening the workspace tether was certainly a logical next step in the evolution of flexible offices this last year. Now, with the return to the workspace in full swing. Installing AZEK fencing to define a rooftop workspace creates a private, purposeful space for employees. A vinyl pergola can offer shade in the heat of summer allowing your employees to relax, eat lunch, and meet with co-workers. And integrating a few low-maintenance AZEK planter boxes transforms a rooftop space from meh to memorable.


2. Offer a Taste of the High Life

Rooftop bars might have once seemed like a novelty. Common in places like New York, Las Vegas, and Chicago, rooftop bars have been among the most popular, profitable, and continuously evolving spaces in the food and beverage industry. While rooftop bars in densely populated cities with skyline views might be common, many restaurants are getting into the rooftop game to differentiate themselves among the competition. During a time when adequate ventilation and sufficient room to socially distance has become paramount, alleys, parking lots, and sidewalks have been transformed into usable space. And these trends will likely shape the future bar scene, dominating bar culture for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t considered your vertical space, transforming your rooftop can work to your advantage, diversifying revenue streams and providing safe, convenient methods for socialization. Consider vinyl pergolas and custom lattice panels integrated with lighting and speakers for added ambiance. Or AZEK fencing can create private and intimate lounge spaces within your rooftop bar so your guests can sip a cocktail while remaining outdoors, enjoying an evening in the clouds.


3. Elevate Your Al Fresco Dining 

Rooftops offer an intimate, private setting for dining with sweeping views and an air of exclusivity. Because rooftop terraces naturally offer added ambiance, they invite guests to linger. Creating a space that encourages your guests to sit and stay awhile is a space that offers serious revenue-generating potential. Consider your brand and audience and design your rooftop space around that. To increase usability, consider covering a part of your rooftop space for shading and rain protection with a vinyl pergola. You can integrate swoon-worthy details like fire pits, twinkling lights, sofas, chairs, and conversation areas into your pergola’s design. For privacy, AZEK fencing with some custom lattice panels can prove to be a stylish solution for carving out intimate lounge spaces. 


4. Create a Rooftop Garden Oasis

Architectural, multilayered, well-drained and with panoramic views, rooftop gardens are a true surprise & delight space at any workplace or restaurant. Equal parts grit and glam, rooftops and terraces feature all the amenities of a pastoral retreat—outdoor dining spaces, cozy seating areas, planters filled with lush greenery and blooming buds—all from a lofty perch. Imagine wisteria-wrapped vinyl pergolas for both structure and serious charm. Consider AZEK fencing for seclusion. Fill custom AZEK planter boxes with heat-tolerant perennials and shrubs for seasonal interest. And soak in that view. Walpole Outdoors’ expansive line of custom vinyl pergolas, AZEK planter boxes and fencing can transform any rooftop into the garden escape you’ve been dreaming of. 


5. The Rooftop Community Space

There’s a new amenity at the top of most tenants’ wish lists: The rooftop. Versatile and attractive, rooftop spaces are one of the newest, most coveted amenities to hit the commercial residence market. And it’s no wonder why. Rooftops offer a trendy, al fresco atmosphere where residents will want to spend most of their time enjoying skyline views—leading to opportunities for extra revenue and an increased likelihood they will renew their lease. Transform your communal rooftop deck, into something all residents can enjoy while swimming, grilling, or exercising. AZEK fencing and vinyl pergolas outfitted with lattice panels can help create outdoor lounge spaces outfitted with TVs or movie projectors, grilling areas, fire pits, or gardening areas.


Ready to Reimagine Your Rooftop?

Synonymous with quality and innovation and made in America, Walpole Outdoors is an industry leader, that has served the most discerning homeowners and businesses for over 85 years. Rethink your rooftop space and consider the potential for custom AZEK integrations from pergolas to planters. If you’re ready to elevate your outdoor space, Walpole Outdoors can develop a solution that matches your needs from consultation to concept to completion.


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AZEK and Your Outdoor Home: Pergolas are Just the Beginning


Here’s the thing about keeping your home's exterior looking amazing: Touch ups, from repainting that vintage white picket fence to brushing the mildew spots off your wisteria-wrapped pergola, become a routine component of your seasonal property maintenance. But you can break that cycle when your outdoor spaces and structures are constructed of AZEK, which offers a whole range of building solutions from fences to gates to pergolas. Plus, you can completely customize your AZEK project in a range of styles to best suit your own—and all are as durable as they are beautiful.


What is AZEK?

It’s a high-quality synthetic wood alternative that offers many aesthetic and functional benefits. This innovative material can actually spare you time, energy, and resources. Environmentally friendly and crafted from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), this low-maintenance material resists warping, moisture, and sun damage, retaining its sturdiness, carpenter-finish, and color for decades.


This is NOT the brittle hollow vinyl or sagging synthetic sawdust-boards you may remember from years past. AZEK is truly different, and it’s designed to look just like natural or painted wood, and last for decades without cracking, fading, or rotting. If you’re considering replacing your fencing or gates, or perhaps you're starting from scratch and thinking about a new custom pergola to enhance your outdoor dining space, consider AZEK for a high-performance, low-maintenance option.



The AZEK Revolution

The truth is, not all materials (or even all composite materials) are created equal. AZEK stands apart from other synthetic options thanks to its unique use of advanced materials.


When companies first began making composite materials nearly three decades ago using a combination of wood fibers and recycled plastic, their products began having issues with mold because the product was not impervious to water and other elements. ENTER: AZEK. Made with solid PVC, AZEK developed a capped-composite product that was impervious to staining, scratching, fading and water damage and was also low maintenance. But could it offer the same charm and character as natural wood?


In short, yes.


Although pressure-treated wood may initially seem like the smart-money option, you can end up paying for it over time. For instance, according to AZEK’s website, the approximate cost of upkeep for a wooden deck is more than $20,000 over 20 years. And it’s not hard to see why. Wood absorbs moisture. Over time, the absorption of water will weaken the integrity of the wood. And premium hardwoods don’t entirely solve this: even with a high-quality cedar, wood fences, gates, and other structures can rot, twist and warp over time. But AZEK, with the beauty and feel of real wood, coupled with high durability and low maintenance, has become the material of choice for fine outdoor homes and businesses.


Scientifically engineered to repel mold, resist weathering, and combat warping caused by environmental stressors at a level that can’t be beaten, AZEK is the industry-leader in the highly attractive, fast-growing outdoor living market. Using weather-resistant technology, AZEK is designed to be resistant to termites, scratching and dents. With its Alloy Armour shell containing UV protection, your AZEK fencing won’t fade under the harsh sun or become damaged with use. But, AZEK can be milled, carved and sanded, just like hardwood, appealing to any style from contemporary to coastal. And because the core contains no wood fibers, it won’t absorb moisture or be susceptible to rot. You can rest easy knowing that AZEK can take on just about anything. In fact, AZEK won Houzz’s 2020 Best of Design as well as Dwell’s Best Outdoor Products of 2020.


But honestly, the number one reason people continue to choose AZEK by far is for its low maintenance. (Let’s be real, wouldn’t you rather skip the annual staining or painting?) The overwhelming trend in the outdoor market favors little-to-no maintenance materials. While “no maintenance” may be a misnomer, low maintenance is a reality when it comes to AZEK. A little soap and water every few months will keep your AZEK products looking brand new, year after year, for decades.


Pergolas, fencing, gates—oh my!

Twenty years ago, choosing a composite material meant you were signing up for a “cookie-cutter” look with very little room for customization. Times, however, have changed. Ranging from monochromatic to color-blended hues, Walpole’s AZEK fencing, AZEK pergolas or other products come signed, sealed, and delivered in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. From a classic Hale navy blue to a warm terracotta, AZEK gates, lamp posts, or fences can be fully customized to your taste with an expansive palate of color choices, guaranteed to last for 25 years.


The buck doesn’t stop with color either – each of Walpole’s trademark lines of AZEK pergolas, fencing and gates offer nuanced wood grain patterns and even wire-brushed finishes. Seamlessly blend your AZEK fencing or pergola to the style of your home and its existing wood structures for a distinctive outdoor space perfect for dining, entertaining and relaxing in the comfort of your own backyard.


For instance, if you’re drawn to the look and feel of historic cedar, Walpole Outdoors can craft pristine new AZEK pergolas in a style that replicates historic designs and milling styles to complete your property and complement your style. Honoring and sustaining creative beauty, Walpole and AZEK have partnered together on landmark restoration projects, creating the perfect balance of old-fashioned charm and modern technology with AZEK gates, AZEK lamp posts, and other specially crafted products.


A Brilliant Welcome


Functional and distinctive, Walpole AZEK lamp posts are more than just a pole in the ground. They are a handsome, elegantly milled perch for a custom lantern, offering some serious curb appeal blending style and practicality. Handcrafted to enhance your entry, path or any other part of your outdoor home, the quality and impeccable style of Walpole Outdoors AZEK lamp posts are unrivaled. Perfectly positioned at home’s entryway, this majestic Belmont Pillar post makes a truly elegant statement, and first impression. Walpole’s line of stylish posts highlight the beauty of your garden and your grounds while adding an extra layer of security and safety at night, all with the look and feel of beautiful natural wood.


The High-Performance, Low-Maintenance Solution

For nearly a decade, Walpole Outdoors has been using AZEK, expanding the use of this versatile material to include nearly all of our manufactured items, from AZEK gates to lamp posts due to its durability and long-lasting beauty. Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating amazing outdoor spaces for the most discerning homeowners with fully customized AZEK products and projects. Call us to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so we can start planning right now for your next project. 



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