Custom Arbors Transform Your Outdoor Living Areas
Posted on January 1, 2012
Any Collin County yard of any design style can be beautified and accentuated by an arbor built by a skilled a design and construction company. Such an outdoor living element lends the same sense of shelter and protection that one receives when one sits under the shade of an old, great tree. The roof mimics the effect of overhanging branches, and walls can add a three dimensional motif to gardens and hard scapes.
Furthermore, any home in Collin County, regardless of architectural style, will be complimented by these same features if professionally designed by an outdoor living company who know how to place outdoor structures in proper relationship to one another, and to the house proper as the signifying element of the entire property
An arbor that is professionally designed and constructed in this fashion does several things. Foremost it gives the homeowner a relaxing and comforting place to sit in the shade. Secondly it also gives visitors to the property an impressive and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Residents should be able to take their guests under its shelter to admire the most distinguishing features of their yard.
At the same time, the structure must also ornament the landscape as part of a larger, specific landscaping theme. Collin County homeowners can sometimes have very eclectic taste. So custom design-build construction is imperative in order to get the structure to work with both traditional outdoor living area designs and derivative styles that require a highly individualized approach.
Features: An arbor can be constructed with some concealed creature comforts that make it possible to enjoy its many benefits year round and both day and night. The North Texas heat is scorching in the summer so climate control can to be built into your custom arbor with the use of outdoor fans or misting systems. Concealed interior lights and hidden lighting controls can also be wired in places where the homeowner can easily and discreetly adjust the lighting for guests without having to get up. Expertly installed lighting transforms your custom cedar arbor into a key location for late evening outdoor entertainment. Mosquito repellent misting systems can also be added in areas with insect problems and extend the hours of usage for your arbor. As always you must be careful when determining which features you want to add and how you have them installed. Too many or improperly installed additions can detract from the simplistic natural beauty of your arbor.
Construction Materials: Collin County designers typically prefer to build wooden arbors out of Western Redwood Cedar. Many of our competitors would argue that pine is a superior building material. At Bobcat Custom Outdoors, LLC we feel that pine deteriorates and succumbs to the North Texas heat too quickly to adequately serve the needs of our clients. Pressure-treated pine is much less expensive to source and build with however it doesn’t have the service life expectancy or warmth and natural beauty of Western Redwood Cedar.
Placement: Every yard is different and there really is no bad place to build a cedar arbor. But there are locations where we tend to build more than others. Preferred locations tend to be at the far end of a patio directly facing another structure such as an outdoor fireplace or kitchen, poolside adjacent to the spa, over the patio seating area that is closest to the rear home entry, or near a meditation area or Zen garden.