Elements Of Curb Appeal


We all have that home or business we drive by and silently envy. Whether its the building or the landscaping curb appeal makes a big impact on our unconscious judgment of homes and businesses. Do you want to make your home one that people remember, are inspired by or just silently envy? Do you want to make passerby notice and remember your business before ever coming inside? Boosting curb appeal doesn't have to be a huge expensive undertaking it just requires smart use of what your property already has going for it.


Create an Area of Interest

A surefire way to boost your homes' appeal is by adding an external structure that will serve as a point of visual interest. A great example of this are homes that feature pergolas near the front of their yard or attached to the home. Pergolas are stately and never go unnoticed. A sleek white structure that extends or adds on to the home will draw interest and boost your home's value. If a pergola is too much of a change to your home's structure consider a much simpler arbor. Arbors come in a variety of styles and can be customized fully insuring you have a structure as unique as your home. This structure adds a whimsical element to an entryway instantly pulling the space together.


Create a Memorable Entry

The entry to any building sets a tone - if patrons see old, un-maintained fencing or a creaky gate you are putting them in a negative headspace before their encounter with your business even begins. If overhauling the facade and landscaping is too pricy or unrealistic a good place to focus your attention (or begin a larger project) is the entrance. Simple improvements like replacing old fencing and adding a new gate can go a long way. Smaller touches also don't go unnoticed - think planters and window boxes with season flowers and a lantern on a sturdy lantern post lighting up the walkway. In conjunction with simple garden maintenance you can make any home or business look welcoming. Larger structures like pergolas make great entryway additions as well and can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind impact.


Maintain Your Investment

You could spend thousands overhauling the exterior of your home or business but if you don't maintain your new hardscape or landscaping it will go back to looking dull pretty quickly. Luckily Walpole structures made with the state-of-the-art AZEK cellular vinyl material are virtually maintenance free! This material has the look and feel of real wood without the decay, splintering, chipping and weather related damage. AZEK structures are installed and will never need to be repainted or repaired (under normal conditions). The occasional cleaning will help with seasonal accumulation (pollen, leaves) but your structure will look the same as the day it was installed years later.

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Enjoy Your Backyard This Summer


Why go out when you can stay in? You shouldn't have to get away to enjoy the outdoors. Travelling to your own backyard is an overlooked and essential part of enjoying the summer sun. What can you do to make your backyard the perfect summer retreat?


Create A Space

The first thing you need to do is create a backyard living space. This space isn't a room but should have an obvious border without being closed off. A great way to do this is with outdoor furniture arranged around some kind of central piece like a table or large planter. If you have a pergola this is the perfect use for it! You want to create an outdoor space that mirrors your most relaxing seating area in your home. Think about how you will use it alone and how you will use it with company and arrange accordingly - it should work for both.


Embrace The Details

When creating a space you are going to spend a lot of time in you should pay attention to the details! Fabrics, colors and decor are all important when creating a relaxing environment. Do plush fabrics make you feel at ease? Do you like rustic wicker furniture? Whatever your personal style, embrace it! Pay attention to pillows and cushions and select pieces that have vibrancy, a nice texture and durability. After the dressings be mindful of lighting. Not every summer day is full of sunshine and clear skies. Add lighting touches that can transform your space from day to night in an instant.


Keep It Shady

While the sun is nice, it's always wise to have a shaded area where you can retreat. Adding some kind of shaded element will allow you to enjoy your space in the rain or with a sunburn. If you are creating a space under a pergola consider getting a retractable canopy, if you are not under a structure you can invest in a canopy or just a large umbrella.


Add Amenities

One of the best parts of vacationing are the amenities. Why not add some to your summer space? Want an outdoor kitchen? Add one! A bar? Add one! You don't have to go all out but adding a few luxurious touches will make you feel like you are at a resort. Consider adding a small refrigerator and decorating it to blend into the scenery. Guests will love coming over!


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3 Ways To Enhance Your Arbor


Creating a memorable entryway is a priority when designing the exterior of a home or business. While the structures alone are a beautiful sight some home and business owners want to add a unique touch to make it truly their own. Custom arbors are the perfect structure to add some structure to a pathway, entrance or garden area. Using a little creativity you can take that beautiful structure and add a little extra interest or whimsy.


1. Climbing Greens

An arbor covered in green creates a natural look that perfectly enhances any garden entry. Choosing the perfect climbing green plant depends on your climate more than anything followed by how much maintenance you are willing commit to. Ivy is always a great, low-maintenance option that grows fast and maintains a lush green color throughout most of the year. If you live in a colder climate and want a lot of coverage Golden Hops is a great choice. This climber grows quickly and is hearty even in winter. The only downside is that it can get unruly if not regularly maintained.


2. Climbing Flowers

Looking for some color in the spring and summer but a hearty green in fall and winter? Adding a climbing flowering plant is a great idea for an arbor. You can go with classic climbing roses that create a romantic look if you are willing to spend a little time cultivating the flowers. Climbing roses comes in just about every color imaginable so you have an unlimited number of options to go with. Other popular climbers include the beautifully purple clematis, delicate blue morning glory and cute pink sweet pea. Each plant has its own specific needs but they all climb beautifully and and grow vivid color blooms with hearty greens. If you want something with a little more drama wisteria is an option to consider.


3. Light It Up

Adding seasonal touches to your outdoor structures is fun and festive but you don't have to keep those Christmas lights stored away all season long. A great way to create some interest in the evening is to add some light features to your arbor. Some small twinkle lights nestled in the ivy is season-less and magical. If you don't have the ivy then stringing the lights on the arch is just as lovely and the small bulbs won't be a distraction in the daylight. You can also add a lantern and post just beside the arbor so you can light it up in the evenings to show off your arbor and guide people through the entry.


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Adding Interest To Your Business


For a business owner, architect or developer creating a lasting impression is important when imagining the exterior of a business. The shape and size of a building and its paint color are important but even if you are working with an old building or cannot renovate you can still do a lot with exterior structures and architectural touches.


Small Touches Have A Big Impact

Have you ever heard the saying "don't sweat the small stuff?" Well in this case, ignore it. Small exterior details can be crucial at establishing your business because that's the first impression any prospective customer or client will ever have. Small items like lanterns, posts, mailboxes, window boxes and planters can help create an inviting and classic look without a ton of effort. Planters with flowers or greens flanking an entryway or a beautiful lantern post right out front can give a great boost to your business' curb appeal.


Structural Elements

To make a bigger impact add a larger structure to the exterior of your business. A great investment is an attached or freestanding pergola. This kind of structure creates an exterior space to relax under or a covering to a walk or entryway that is sturdy, refined and long-lasting. Walpole pergolas are crafted in the finest cedar or wood alternative material AZEK, a material that looks and feels like wood but will not rot, split or chip and requires no-maintenance. Another option is to add something smaller but impactful like a beautiful arbor to add interest to an entryway or a trellis above doorways and windows.


Create A Border

Fencing has more power than establishing privacy - it can also be a big factor in increasing curb appeal. A smart, clean, classic fence establishes structure to the exterior of a building and defines the space. The clean lines with posts and pickets add to the positive perception you are trying to create for your prospective clients. Add a unique or eye catching gate or pillars and you can have an enviable entry.

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Adding Architectural Interest To Your Home


What exactly is architectural interest and why should I care? Simply put architectural interest or architectural detail is simple additions to the structure of your home to make its construction more dynamic and interesting. Adding more architectural detail can take a simple space into one with enormous charm and curb appeal. Small touches can make a space look more unique and pleasing to the eye. Generally to add this interest you work with the structures and angles that already exist on the interior and exterior of your home. Adding some architectural interest to the exterior of your home can really change the look of your space and provide a boost to curb appeal. 


Trellis Systems

A great way to add architectural interest to your homes' exterior is with a trellis system. A trellis is an architectural system that uses clean lines to frame entryways, windows and provide space for climbing plants to flourish on your home. Many homeowners add trellis systems over doorways or windows to heighten the otherwise generic looking space. Trellis systems can add a ton of charm to the exterior of any building with simplicity. 


Architectural Elements

There are many other elements you can utilize when adding architectural interest to your home. You can opt to add stylish raised window panels to enhance the look of your windows. Dentils are also a great way to add some interest to your home. The custom vinyl moldings add a touch of unique detail to cornices. Other architectural upgrades include cellular vinyl fascia boards, rafter tails, corbels, and custom pillar posts. Some large additions can include lovely attached pergolas or entryway structures. 

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Adding Color To An Outdoor Space - Lattice & Planters


Creating a beautiful outdoor space is important for homeowners and business owners alike. A striking outdoor space can make your home or business more inviting, boost curb appeal and boost a property's value. Aside from adding larger scale structures like fencing and pergolas you can add immense value by just adding a splash of color. A great way to get that color in a lovely and manageable way is with a planter or lattice panel. Planters and lattice panels give flowers and other plants a contained space to grow and add character. These outdoor tools also make flowers easier to manage and move.


Climbing Plants on Lattice Panels

If you are short on horizontal space go vertical! Dress up an empty exterior wall with a simple lattice panel and let those climbing plants climb! All you have to do is install and start growing - many climbing plants will climb on their own and require only a little trimming as they grow. Lattice is also a great thing to consider when creating any kind of partition. If privacy isn't a huge factor skip the fence and add a larger scale lattice panel or lattice fence. This structural change will allow you some creativity - instead of having a plain fence you can have large space for a variety of lush climbing plants. 


Container Gardens in Planters

If maneuverability is a big concern for you then a planter is a great choice in adding some color and life to your space. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, planters are an easy all-weather way to add charm to an entryway, porch, or outdoor gathering space. Planters can look great pretty much anywhere - even indoors! Purchasing a versatile and durable planter is ideal so you won't have to worry about unsightly chips and splitting. Walpole planters are made from AZEK wood alternative, a material that is virtually maintenance free and won't warp or rot like wood. These planters can weather just about anything and can be used all year long to add some color. 

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Spring Planter Ideas


Sick of the winter yet? Luckily spring is right around the corner. Start your celebration of the season off with some lovely and inspiring container gardens and arrangements around the exterior of your home. All you need to spruce up your yard in the transitional period is a quality AZEK planter and a little creativity - and maybe a green thumb.


Sunny Yellows

A great idea when creating a container garden is to choose a theme or color and really go for it. Coming from the dreariness of winter a bold bright garden is perfect for elevating your home's exterior and lifting spirits. Plant a number of beautiful yellow flowers, with seasonal greens, in your best planter and put it at your entryway or another location that gets a lot of visibility. Daffodils are perfect for this kind of arrangement because they thrive in early spring and are vibrant in color. You can also choose pansies and crocus, both early spring favorites that bloom in bold yellows. 


Pretty Pinks

What color comes to mind when you think of spring flowers? Chances are it's pink. A great way to welcome the season is with an arrangement of varying shades of pink. This monochromatic look is chic and anything but boring. With the color as the theme you can go crazy with what kinds of flowers you choose trying out different shapes and textures. The only thing you need to consider is the needs of each kind of plant you choose - making sure they are all similar will enable you to keep the arrangement healthy and bold all season long. 


Lush Textures

Another idea for getting that perfect container garden is to really go in on the varieties of plants you are using. One way to achieve a truly lush arrangement is to go with plants that have varying, but complimentary, shapes and textures. Dianthus is a great choice for this kind of arrangement because it looks great planted in close clumps. Another wise choice are snapdragons for their bold colors and unique shape and the always versatile ivy for some delicate hanging pieces. This kind of arrangement would look lovely in a more shapely planter or in a window box. Shop the full line of planters and window boxes on the Walpole Outdoors website and share your spring gardens with us on Facebook or Instagram


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Planters In Commercial Spaces


Crafting an outdoor space is as much style as it is function. Stylish planters can serve as beautiful accents to other structures or become structures of their own - becoming barriers when placed together on a perimeter or as support when used to construct a self-anchoring pergola. Fencing and railings are beautiful ways to create a perimeter but sometimes a space just calls for a little more.


Need something that will fit in to existing decor style? Walpole will handcraft custom planters in any style and to the dimensions that meet your specific needs. These are crafted in AZEK, a low maintenance material that looks just like natural wood, yet won't rot, crack, or split, and will hold its pristine appearance for years. AZEK planters do not require liners. We will also pre-paint your planters in your choice of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors, which come with a 25-year warranty.


Planters are also great for their traditional use - beautiful accents to outdoor and indoor areas. Planter gardens add a little splash of life to wherever they are placed and can be moved and changed depending on the season. All planter boxes have pre-drilled drainage holes. For interior use or easy seasonal changes we offer copper and plastic liners for our Small Square Planter, Small Rectangular Planter, and Large Rectangular Planter.


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Planning Your Outdoor Space


The ground might be frozen solid and snow may still be in the forecast but you can still get started planning your warm weather outdoor space. Before even breaking ground getting an idea of what you want out of an outdoor space is crucial. Do you need seating? Do you do a lot of cooking? Do you have a pool?


Define The Space

If you are someone who loves to entertain then you probably want ample space for guests and plenty of seating. Outdoor furniture and a defined seating area are important aspects of the space for this use. If you have a pool you might want something shaded to keep cool and perhaps an custom outdoor shower to minimize walks through the house. Think about the space and what kind of use it gets the most. f you cook you might want to create a shaded pergola space with an outdoor kitchen!


Measure And Plan The Main Structure

A great place to start planning is by measuring and deciding on the focal point first. Think about what you need and map it out. If you add a pergola how much space can you accommodate? What style suits your home? Planning the largest aspect of the space first will give you a more realistic idea of how much your space can handle. 


Talk To A Professional

If you don't know exactly what your options are you can always consult a professional. The professionals at Walpole Outdoors are happy to work with you to determine what your space needs and what would best suit your personal style. Professionals can also tell you more on construction, materials and durability to make your decision sound. Schedule a Free Design Consultation to start talking with an expert now!

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3 Hearty Houseplants To Liven Up Your Space


There is nothing quite as invigorating as being surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. But how can you create that same feeling inside your home? Not all plants are ideal for inside the home. Many plants and flowers require a great deal of sunlight which can be difficult indoors even next to a window. Luckily not all plants require so much sun. Here are a few that make great indoor plants...


Philodendron

This hearty green is a very popular houseplant for good reason. This vine thrives in low-light meaning it will grow pretty much whatever room it lives in. You can plant philodendron in a pot or get creative and have the vines grow on indoor structures - like an indoor lattice panel - or add it to a hanging basket! This is a hearty plant that really allows you to get creative without killing it. 


Spider Plant

You don't even need to see a photo of this one to imagine how it looks. Spider plants are another super common houseplant that can grow almost anywhere and chances are, you've seen one before. This plant grows long thin leaves in green and yellow with runners on the ends that grow smaller plants. These look especially great in containers like decorative pots and fun hanging planters. 


Palms

There a a myriad of palm varieties and many of them make great houseplants. A palm is a great plant if you are looking for something with a little drama. These plants can grow up to four feet tall but there are shorter varieties if that suits your style more. Taking care of them is a breeze - they only require water when the soil feels dry and need very little light to thrive.


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