Whilst sitting with a client running through various ideas for their latest project we put to them the idea of a timber pergola. Said client asked, “what does it do?”.
What does it do? Nothing.
Well not in the sense that a staircase for example takes you up or down a level or a timber deck is for lounging on. A pergola is none of those. True it does provide some shelter from rain or sun. Or just provides an interesting link up between spaces or structures.
So why a pergola? It adds character and a new definition to any space. And sometimes it just looks cool and for some reason is cool to be in or under. Or maybe its a throwback to being a kid again and building forts on rainy days: take any lounge/bedroom and make a shelter in the same room. Sit in that shelter... then.. it becomes an entirely new magical spot for reading, dreaming or a having a picnic.
“ So its psychological then “ said our client. Yup that about sums it up.
Whatever the reason or just because, we love them.
Maybe you have a space outdoors you feel is lacking something- maybe consider a timber pergola in that space? There are so many styles and interpretations to be found; build it with ntingu for rustic feel or for a bigger budget combine timber and steel with interesting timber post details.
And don’t feel that your garden may be too small for a pergola- it can definately make your space visually pop and be a separate interesting space to be in.
Below are are some of our own timber pergolas that we have built for clients and some some are from the www.
If you love these ideas scroll through our pergola gallery or find our board on Pinterest.
Seamless integration of materials and landscaping.We especially love the re-purposed timber and couldn't imagine a better place to dine under.
So why a pergola? It adds character and new definition to any space.
the below are from our own gallery.
So you come back from the beach; if you haven't walked home you've driven home. It is hot. There is sand caked everywhere especially on the slathered- on-now- slimy- sunscreen. You are salty sticky all at once. Been there? Not cool.
Perhaps, you just want to be refreshed and what better way than in a zen outdoor space under the sun or stars listening to the sounds of the outdoors.
Whether indulgent or practical, we love The Outdoor Shower.
We have installed a few for our clients over the years, and each of them very different; some with a view of the sea or a valley below, some as a quirky statement on a timber deck; some have been practical with a built in surfboard rack.Such as this one here
This particular Zimbali home featured on Top Billing, incorporates the shower with a downstairs balau deck and pergola- the whole space has such character while at the same time is a very practical zone. The family can be easily organised when coming back from the surf. Sunscreen and sticky sand grains banished. Surfboards can be cleaned and packed back on their rack.
While researching this article we gathered some inspiration from the web, they are intimate closed spaces or open statement pieces. Some of the more luxurious ones are extensions of the bathroom as in the first image below. Find more of our favourites are on our Pinterest board here.
This concept would probably be my ultimate in bathroom luxury. This door opens out to the outdoor shower. Note that it is also has access from the garden. Its fresh and functional.
See this on House Beautiful. com. or click on the image for the exact page.
We love the timber cladding and functional shelf in this out door shower. Unfortunately the source is no longer online, none the less we love it.
This space combines different textures; the slate, the pebbles , the planting and timber decking all contrast with bold colour. It is both a refreshing and contemporary take on the outdoor shower.
Timber, timber and more timber- we couldn't resist adding this one!
Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration as well as the sources for these pictures.
Always evolving and trying to never stay static. Mostly trying to be true to our slogan: setting the trend.
We felt it was time to change up of our website. We want to be increasingly image driven and super easy for our customers to navigate and use. To be more interactive and share more of who we are.
On that note, after browsing our site please comment and let us know if you didn't navigate easily or something wasn't working. Anything you feel would be helpful to building our goal of being interactive and an easily navigable website. In short- if you had to think too hard to find what you are looking for we haven't achieved our goal on this site. So let us know :)
Other than our website makeover there are a few things to look forward to in Timbertrends.
- The launch of our maintenance side. Not only have we been increasingly involved with maintenance, we are adding value to our customers by giving back up service and advice with our maintenance. Contact us for a consult or quotation.
- Inspiration and more inspiration. Dazzling design and more.
- A series on our favourite projects over the years; so you can have more information on some of the spectacular homes featured on our website.
This is our space to share our love for design, building and creating homes , all things timber and sometimes life in general.