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Pergola...

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:34 am
by robbhouston
Hey all,

Well, at least we got one small part of our master plan done. Alas, the rest will have to wait until I'm employed again. This past week, we had a pergola built over our existing patio...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... gola/1.JPG
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... gola/2.JPG
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... gola/3.JPG
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http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... shade1.JPG
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... shade2.JPG

I hung the bamboo roll-ups. They happen to be fully rolled out in these shots. But they can be raised to open up that part of the patio to the yard. We're also gonna have a (moveable) low profile bench built that will run along the screened part. Carpenter man supposed to do that next week sometime. The whole thing is cedar (which smells great, btw), and we're planning to seal it natural (clear).

Here's some before shots of the patio...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... _view1.jpg
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... _view2.jpg

There was zero privacy and brutal afternoon and evening sun. Since it went up, I've been able to leave the living room and kitchen curtains open after 3pm, which has been really nice!

Happy Labor Day weekend, everybody!

--Robb

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:54 am
by johnnyapollo
Nice Rob!

I've been thinking of something similar for our patio...

-- John

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:19 pm
by robbhouston
Thanks John!

Carpenter man came by today and built my bench...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... 030022.JPG

It's actually 2 benches next to each other. Just need to seal everything and it's done! Actually having my carpenter's helper guy to seal it. He said he could knock it out in an afternoon. I'd be out there for days making a mess of it... :)

The weather here is inching toward lower heat and humidity levels. I look forward to getting a lot more use out of our patio during those transitional months.

--Robb

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:54 pm
by SDR
Really nice, Robb.

What does the carpenter say about sealing vs leaving it to weather ? What will the seal coat look like in a year -- or two ?

Would an oil, applied every 3-4 years, look better than a film coat ?

White cedar turns silver, red turns brown. I can't tell what this is. Sure looks nice, though. Good job !

SDR

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:33 pm
by robbhouston
Thanks for the compliment, SDR! We really love it. It's like a completely new space for us!

Regarding the finish...

First, I'm not sure what kind of cedar it is. Will have to ask. I'm not crazy about the idea of it turning silver. Darker, I wouldn't mind. Assuming we do seal it, I'm actually a little torn about going "natural". It was just the first thing we chatted about as we looked at the newly finished structure.

One my first inspiration sources for the pergola was the Hayes House, Raymond Kappe, 1960...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... patio1.jpg
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... patio2.jpg
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... e_view.jpg

And I've wondered if a darker stain (or sealer or oil treatment?) might be more striking.

Thanks for the comments!

--Robb

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:17 am
by robbhouston
Hey all,

After looking thru several of my architecture books, there was an image we found in my giant 3 volume set of Julius S. - Modernism Rediscovered that helped us decide on stain color. Upon seeing the "Hall Tree House" - Ron Yeo, 1968...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... _house.jpg

...in which the beautiful interior woodwork continues outside and defines the exterior hang space, it was suddenly obvious that the pergola woodwork should be similar in color to the interior woodwork (as best as possible, at least). Our interior woodwork is a combination of aging shellacked surfaces (which are now taking on an amber tone), and some new woodwork finished in Bullseye Amber Shellack. The closest exterior stain I found was Olympic "Maximum Toner" in the color "Natural Cedartone". Its an oil/stain treatment that resists water and UV damage. Good for about 4 years...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... 210007.JPG
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The photos don't really capture it. The color seems richer in person. Looks real nice from the street. And when you look out the windows toward it, the interior woodwork blends nicely. Helps to make the pergola space seem like a continuation of the interior space. Cool!

--Robb

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:07 am
by SDR
Excellent ! Well done . . .


SDR

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:27 am
by robbhouston
Thanks SDR!

I just got my Houzz email newsletter and, coincidentally, they had a piece on "Architectural Sunscreens" (fyi...they may or may not ask you to "sign up" to view the page, just close the window and reload to avoid that)...

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/16222108/

I swear, I hadn't seen this image before, but it is amazingly similar to the screening we just put up...

Image

The Houzz website is actually pretty cool. Lots of great design ideas.

--Robb

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:37 am
by SDR
I like yours better -- the pieces are more robust.


SDR

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:39 am
by robbhouston
Thank you again, SDR!

This morning I remembered we had patio cushions stored in the garage. They happen to fit the benches nicely...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... shions.jpg

Now I just need to get rid of our extremely un-swingin' non-period patio chairs...!
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... 210006.JPG

Something either in wood, rattan (bamboo, cane?) or maybe metal...
http://www.timberwolfproducts.co.uk/images/TWXL4web.JPG
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/5931/dscn35052043.jpg
http://ancientpoint.com/imgs/a/g/b/v/f/ ... _1_lgw.jpg

I also wouldn't mind something that says "Japan!". Friends have said the bamboo roll-ups give the space an asian quality, which I like. The chair below, however, might not be too comfy for long periods of time...
http://img2.wfrcdn.com/lf/50/hash/1312/ ... -Chair.jpg

--Robb