Focus on good design and clever construction

by Laurie Elden

A western red cedar pergola by Creative Outdoor Wood Products, Fenton, Mich., tops stonework that was subbed out by the homeowner.
A western red cedar pergola by Creative Outdoor Wood Products, Fenton, Mich., tops stonework that was subbed out by the homeowner.


Custom sheet metal caps on the framing help prevent rot in this design by Kirk Design and Construction, Corvallis, Ore.
Custom sheet metal caps on the framing help prevent rot in this design by Kirk Design and Construction, Corvallis, Ore.


Creative Outdoor Wood Products included a retractable shade system and white fiberglass columns for a distinctive look, above.
Creative Outdoor Wood Products included a retractable shade system and white fiberglass columns for a distinctive look, above.
Decorative purlins cast shade on built-in benches in this western red cedar pergola by Custom Outdoor Structures, Dayton, Ohio.
Decorative purlins cast shade on built-in benches in this western red cedar pergola by Custom Outdoor Structures, Dayton, Ohio.