Attractive Pergola Accessories for Your Patio

Spruce Up Your Pergola with These Cool Ideas

By Stephen Sherwood - July 15, 2021

Attractive Pergola Accessories for Your Patio

A pergola is a central part of your patio. It's the perfect place to entertain guests or just relax in the shade on any sunny summer day. But what can you do with it when it rains? How does your pergola look like after a long winter? If you're looking for some ways to spruce up and revitalize your pergola, read this article as we explore attractive pergola accessories that will transform your outdoor living space into an oasis!

If you're looking to spruce up your outdoor living space this summer, consider adding a pergola. Pergolas come in many shapes and sizes and offer a great deal of customization for any yard or patio! One way to make your new pergola feel even more like home is with some attractive accessories. To get you started, here are five of our favorite pieces that will give your backyard an instant upgrade: 

1) A wind chime that will sound beautiful when the breeze picks up 

2) Soft cushions for lounging on the ground under the shade (and at night!) 

3) String lights to create ambiance for evening parties  

4) A hanging lantern so guests can enjoy their time

5) Curtains or a Canopy provides privacy and additional coverage

With a pergola, the sky is literally your limit. This means you can get creative for adding accessories and other decorative elements that will make this outdoor structure feel like an extension of your home or business! What types of things do people usually add? Well, here are some ideas for you: ceiling fans (a necessity in many parts of the country), fire pits, benches with storage underneath them, bird feeders, heat lamps… you name it! We’ve designed custom structures before, so we know how important it is to incorporate unique details such as these into any project. 

A few other reasons to add a pergola to the backyard:

• Versatile and stylish, able to provide the perfect finish for any outdoor space

• Protects from harsh weather

• Unparalleled durability 

• A stunning aesthetic appearance

Besides the accessories, you can add to your outdoor living spaces, these structures help build value to any home. Many homeowners are seeking solutions for using their backyards as additional space for the family and friends. Not to mention, the heat of the hot Colorado sun can be brutal year around. By building a pergola, you’ll allow some extra protection from the elements or rays. 

There are literally hundreds of uses for these outdoor accessories besides just an extension of your deck or patio. Our artesian craft workers and women provide you with a design you will be proud of and want to lounge every day. 

Let us help you come up with something great too. Just give our team at Castle Rock Deck and Fence a call (618) 910-0648 or visit: Contact Castle Rock Deck & Fence in Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (castlerockdeckfence.com)

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The Buzz About Wood Shortages in Colorado 

How Not to Get a Splinter from Soaring Wood Prices? 

By Stephen Sherwood - June 17, 2021

The Buzz About Wood Shortages in Colorado 

 

How Not to Get a Splinter from Soaring Wood Prices? 

 

Many Colorado homeowners are experiencing an increase in wood prices for a plethora of reasons. Canada continues to be the primary source for supplying most of the lumber. With issues like the pandemic, a shortage of houses and a decrease in lumber investing it is no wonder there is a buzz about wood shortages. Here are a few tips on how NOT to get a splinter for soaring wood prices. 

 

Slowing up the demand for using lumber is the beginning of what economists predict will change the 18–24-month cycle. Until the need for lumber decreases prices will remain high making home improvement projects a bit more costly. This could be part of the reason more of our clients are requesting composite wood versus natural. In fact, many of our new construction is leaning toward this wood alternative because it is becoming more cost efficient. 

 

Since you can’t just GROW trees in a day or two, production is difficult. Even Empress Splendor trees (Fastest growing) take up to 7-years before they are mature enough to manufacture into lumber. 

 

Not to mention, many of the wildfires took down our crops for the last few years, causing yet another issue for supplies. Besides the wildfires, trucking companies cannot fulfill hefty orders as drivers and logistic personnel battle out employment across the nation. 

 

“The Empress Splendor is the fastest growing hardwood tree in the world, growing four times faster than any other tree," she says. "When mature, they have roughly 24 to 36-in. dia. trunks and are 50 to 60 feet tall. Some diameters as wide as 48-in. have been reported.” ~ John Garbini with Wonder Earth Partners 

 

The market is also putting their bets on sawmills making a comeback in the next 18-months. However, by that time summer will be over and people want to enjoy their decks and backyard areas NOW.
 

"Hell, ya can’t blame em?"

 

The solution to all this wood shortage is to consider using composite wood wherever you can. It is less expensive, looks incredible and you can’t get a splinter when walking on it. 

 

Alternative to Wood Products is Composite which is a man made engineered material made of wood, plastic, straws and adhesive which binds these products together. The result is an ultra-strong and durable substitute that looks stunning when used for backyard decks.

Benefits to composite wood outweigh natural and not just in cost. Consider: 

  • Composite is Eco-Friendly
  • Water Resistant 
  • Durable for Colorado Weather
  • Antiseptic 
  • 100% Recyclable 
  • Does Not Bow, break or bend 
  • Won’t Damage from Saltwater Pools 
  • Smooth feel
  • Comes in a variety of colors 
  • Can be molded to circular designs 

 

Of course, it is easy to be partial to composite wood with all the perks. However, the part that makes us sad is the lack of client calls as it is longlasting without painting or repairs. The darn stuff is nearly indestructable!  The buzz IS our clients prefer composite over lumber regardless of cost as an investment and a way to help the lumber industry recover from lack of production. In a sense, we are helping trees grow by using composite products versus hardwood. Time is of the essence when it comes to the trees and nature taking its course.  

Our artisans provide quality work and materials on a variety of services such as pergolas, outdoor bars, decking and more! 

Contact me for a quote on your next outdoor project. Visit: Contact Castle Rock Deck & Fence in Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (castlerockdeckfence.com)

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Getting Your Summer Home Ready - Don't Miss #3

8-Tips for Getting a Summer Home Ready

By Stephen Sherwood - May 27, 2021

Get Your Vacation or Summer Home Ready
8-Tips for Getting Your Vacation Home 'Summer Ready.'

1️⃣ Get the Air Conditioning or Your Heating & Cooling System Running.
2️⃣ Clean the Grill.
3️⃣ If it's been over 5-years, Get the Deck Inspected.
4️⃣ Dust and Maintenance All Your Fans.
5️⃣ Make Sure the Generator Has Gas or Power.
6️⃣ Wash the Windows or Hire Someone to Do the Job.
7️⃣ Clean out the chimney and check for any critters.
8️⃣ Replace your weatherstripping or add some for energy efficiency.

1.) Get the air conditioning or HVAC system running in tip-top shape. If the home is in the mountains be sure to have heat even in the summer since it is Colorado where we are blazing-hot one minute, then arctic cold. (That happens all year by the way, for those who don't know).

2.) Clean the BBQ Grill and Fire-Pit so it is ready to use. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY enjoys crunching down on bugs and old hot dogs particles. Do everyone a favor and get some deep cleaning done. 

3.) VERY IMPORTANT: If it has been over 5-years since the deck was built or last inspected, then it is time to GIDDY-UP! Homeowners are responsible for deck collapse or injuries that occur on any property. Therefore it is super important to have a deck replaced or repaired prior to using it or before the entire family piles on band the darn thing falls. Keep it real and use safety first! 

4.) Dust off those ole' fans because they are going to come in handy. Weather forecasts are predicting another brutally hot summer so we might as well be prepared. 

5.) Don't wait till the last minute for gassing up the generator or ensuring there is a power source. It is always possible to lose power with some of our more powerful storms. A generator can keep kids from freaking out, trust me it is better to have electrical that works. 

6.) Washing the windows is one of those tedious jobs where most people are happy to hire a pro. Besides it is nice to see the scenery if there is any type of view. Also clean windows are one sure-fire way to enjoy the home for summer.

7.) Critters and debris can get into the chimney where it makes sense to have these serviced. Oftentimes the birds make nests especially if the home has been empty for awhile, so be sure to get these inspected. 

8.) The summer months are the best time of year to replace weather stripping on a house or cabin. This tool is also helpful to keep the cool air in and hot air out which is vital from June to September. Now is the time to make sure this material is in good shape. 

By following these simple tips, the summer will be more enjoyable. Be sure to contact our offices to get a quote on any deck repair or replacement. We're at your service for deck designing making every homeowner smile one deck at a time. 

Enjoy Your Summer!  

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JUST a SWINGIN'

Backyard Seating Ideas for Your Decking

By Stephen Sherwood - April 27, 2021

We get a lot of requests for pergolas in the Castle Rock, Colorado area, but one trend that is starting to be on everyone's wish list is the backyard swing. Inspired by your children's jungle gym, swings are the perfect seating for a night surrounded by the incredible mountain air and a cool breeze. Keep reading to learn more about the latest outdoor living space trend. 

If you're a fan of Pinterest, you can find a ton of awesome ideas featuring backyard decor, fun to lounge on as it is to look at. From Macramé to Timberlane Bench Swings, many varieties can be attached to a sturdy structure such as a pergola or terrace overhang. However, don't get wrapped up in the logistics of hanging one of these unless you're going to DIY. 

We don't suggest installing an outdoor swing yourself in the event the structure or hardware is not sturdy enough to hold a lot of weight. Our crew is highly experienced in safety and quality control. Including measuring for distance of hazardous areas. 

Also, if you plan on adding a swing to your backyard be concsious of the clearance when installing near a fire pit or some type of furniture. No one, enjoys their swing while hanging out in the emergency room. I promise. The good news is; if measurements are done correctly you can avoid any injuries. More importantly, you can enjoy your backyard accessories for years to come. 

In addition to measuring, be sure to select non-flamable material and to avoid placing pillows or cushions in front of open flames. We know it sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised.

We recommend installing your swings when hiring a construction crew or contractor during a pergola or new deck build to ensure all measurements are done correctly and the installation is appropriate for your decking. 

Nonetheless, swings are a wonderful add-on to any deck or patio area where you and your family will be thrilled to have and use while spending time in your outdoor living spaces. 

One last thing. We know this may surprise you, but ya gotta share with the kids. 

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5-"MUST-HAVES" for Your Backyard Bar (Don't Miss #3)

Turn Your Outdoor Bar into a Party Zone

By Stephen Sherwood - April 22, 2021

Do you love entertaining at your house? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? When you live in a place like Colorado, you have most likely answered yes to both. One home improvement that is trending right now will help you do both. You can turn your backyard into a a party zone with these 5-"Must-Haves" for your backyard bar. Ready....GO! 

1.) The Fire Pit - 
One must have is a fire pit with the cooler Colorado weather and the changing climate. Whether you live in the hills or you're on the plains some heat source is necessary to keep you and your guests comfortable. Not to mention, who doesn't love a toasty-warm fire to sit around while drinking some of the best micro-brew in the country? A fire is a MUST-HAVE and something you will want to have to turn your backyard living space into a total party zone. 

2.) AWESOME Seating - 
It would be a total "Party Foul" to have your family sit on the deck without some type of seat. We recommend buying some weather proof seats with cozy cushions to make everyone loosen up. Most decking remodels include some type of bench seating but it is good to look for bar stools that offer some type of padding. After-all, can you imagine watching a Broncos game without seeing the television? 

3.) State-of-the-Art-Sound Systems - 
OH YEAAAA, BABAY! Today's audio-visual solutions are vital to any backyard party. Look for a home entertainment professional to wire your backyard bar with woofers, tweeters and a 'SAWEET' 4K Flat Screen to keep everyone ready to ROCK! 

4.) Lighting - 
From string lights to cans, you must illuminate your backyard bar with the right type of lighting. Luckily there are so many options on the market today. Let me remind you of the incredible job my crew does with their creative solutions to adding lights to steps and on the railing making sure everyone is safe. Not to mention, lights help create the mood for the night whether you're having an intimate evening with the spouse or having the whole crew over to watch the game. No matter the occasion, the lights are ON! 

5.) The Roof - 
Just imagine inviting the entire family to the BBQ only to get rained out where the kids and the relatives are now surrounding your family room tracking in the dirt and water. OYE! One solution is to create a covered loggia, pergola or roofing that has some type of overhang where the party continues regardless of weather. We have some excellent designers who can draft up construction that fits your needs as well as combat Colorado's diverse weather. Just ask and you shall receive. Beats the heck out of cleaning up later. 

Well, there you have it, 5-Must Haves for your backyard bar that will turn your home into a party zone. Not only will you be impressing all your friends, this will become your favorite spot in the whole home. I love my backyard so much, I went into business to provide the same luxury for other homeowners. 

Reach out to get a quote for your Backyard Bar, Today! Leave a comment or direct message me. 
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