2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 200,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see […]

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The Art of Pergola Design (5)

Pergola’s I get a lot of questions about pergola’s, arbors and trellis’ . . . a lot. for good reason. Structure adds a lot to the designed landscape. With structure you bring order, refinement, extension of the house architecture, definition of space, etc. I would say these are good things Plus; if done well they […]

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Rendering of Pergola-Details

Here are two images of details from the previous post. The top rendering is a detail of the right side-people included. The bottom drawing shows the left side of the plaza/pergola: [Simple people, and little detail on the plantings] [Showing brick on the columns, and the bench relationships] So what happened on this project. Well […]

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The Art of Pergola Design (3)

This is another pergola drawing for an area between 2 small apartment buildings. One unit holding 6 apartments, and the other 10. It was easy to see on the initial visit there was no place to gather. There needs to be a place where these students could spend some time together outside . . . […]

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The Art of Pergola Design (2)

These pics were taken a few days ago. I have been called back to this site because the homeowners wanted to add on a few more elements to the backyard [Looking from the hot tub area to the main gathering space.] This pergola is the one I discussed in the most visited post on the […]

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Pergola Drawing early Conceptual

[This early conceptual is on trace over another conceptual with photo below] A quick pencil study of a pergola this view is looking into the end. The goal here was to find something that was aesthetically pleasing and at the same time hold the space. The space is 50×300 but we are looking at end […]

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Walkway Pergola

This pergola was designed to guide visitors down a small, simple, straight walkway around to a small hidden seating area, and utility space. It was important that the pergola create some visual interest from afar because it sat at the end of a driveway. What I would like to point out about this pergola is […]

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The Art of Pergola Design

Entertainment Entry This pergola was designed with several thoughts in mind, several request asked, and the pergola needed to be substantial. I had looked at the style and size of house and determined right away we needed something with some bulk, girth, and substance. The homeowners are not fancy, quaint, do-dad type of people that […]

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Hot Tub . . . where does it go? (2)

posted, 09/27/06 Looking from the Other Direction This drawing was done to show the homeowners how this would look from the other direction. This view shows the relationship between the new patio and the small retaining wall. The patio shown here really gives the viewer a better idea of its size for the new landscape. […]

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