You know those dream yards you see on TV? That’s what we do.
We help people create inspired outdoor spaces everywhere! For 30 years we have developing details for decks, fences, pergolas, cabanas and pool houses and magazines and other websites have noticed. Concept designs and renderings that look so real, most don’t realize that they are computer generated. With 30 years experience actually building, we are a source for plans and specialized detailing used by Designers, Architects and Builders across North America.
Being experts in the field we can identify specialist builders capable of doing higher end work efficiently and effectively. We are always looking for talented people to fit the bill. When we find them, we mentor them and coach them through their development in the business as well as the trade. As sports teams use talent scouts, you can use GardenStructure.com to source talented builders. When we find the right people, we will invest time to help them evolve. Each of them know that good advice is a phone call or a text away. We coach them to build better and deal more effectively with clients.
We Specialize— Many deck builders do not build fences and will not be productive if they take them on. In some areas we have a different builder doing fences and pergolas than the decks. We do have a few genius builders that have mastered all of our structures, but they also do kitchens and whole house renovations in the off season and these are normally the builders tackling the larger and more prestigious projects.
On the flip side, our clients are also special. Most of our clients have learned the low bid lessons before and are not willing to gamble their investment in the hands of a builder that is essentially working for free. They know that it is better to work with a builder that will be there to help if they have a warranty claim. They also know that builders that do good work with pride will never be low bid.
If you seek 10 or more estimates from every builder that will answer the phone, we are not your builders. We value your time, and we work for people that value our time. It is a matter of respect.
Designers of Decks
We design and build composite and PVC decks with features like kitchens, pergolas and patio covers. We are builders of multi level decks with dry areas below, glass and traditional railings, glass privacy screens or architecturally unique privacy structures. We design decks with screened rooms for built in pools with hot tubs. Our decks are always designed to maximize useful space, and to age gracefully. We can teach you how to make your decks last longer with less maintenance, even if they are made of wood.
Our pergolas are the most emulated in the world. Our construction methods help our structures remain stable throughout their lifetime. Our pergolas are created using a blend of new techniques and standard tools, with traditional craftsmanship thrown in. Knee braces to resist sway, drip edges to shed water and sealed posts or helical footings to prevent frost and moisture damage. We have become known for our highly unique outdoor woodwork and vertical structures in the garden.
Our fences are something special–new details help our unique fences last longer. Our wood fences are known to last upwards of 20 years, and we have designed wood fences up to 15′ high that are now 25 years old. Our gallery is loaded with many different fence designs that range from simple to elaborate. Trellis fences, privacy fences, good neighbour fences, we have created our own versions of all styles of fencing.
Cabanas and Pool Houses
Cabanas, Pavilions and Pool Houses are another specialty we excel at. Cabanas are typically smaller shed like structures with a modest budget. They often have a bar, fridge and serving counters and sometimes a roll up window. Sometimes they have a change room and washroom and maybe even a shower. Pavilions create a covered seating / dining area and sometimes feature a full kitchen within. A pool house can have it all– bar, kitchen, den with fireplace and TV, dining room, change rooms and even a 5 piece bath. Only your imagination limits what we can create in your yard.
Upscale pool house with bar north of Toronto ( Richmond Hill ).
When it is an architectural shade structure with minimalist detailing or louvered roofs with curtains, we are the source for detailing that rivals that of the best known architects. We are an Arcadia Louvered Roof Dealer.
We are well known for designing unique structures for the garden. Arbours, arches, trellises, privacy screens and decorative fencing. Nothing makes a residential garden complete like a traditional picket fence, and we can include curved sections and recessed panel posts with decorative finials. Victorian porches and exterior trim is all within our specialty.
Our exterior designers fill the void between Architects and Landscape Architects. We have Landscape Design Partners, that can do landscape layouts and planting plans as well. Architects design the odd deck, and some are quite nice, but very few would call it their specialty. Landscape Architects design decks though it is rarely something they will claim they do well. Our designs have been featured on TV, in Magazines and Newspapers across North America.
When you want a Magazine Quality Deck, Pergola or Pool House, a Feature Garden with Wood Trellis features or a Fence that adds curb appeal we are your specialty designers.
Architects will tell you that their job ends at the back door, Interior Designers will often tell you the same, and Landscape Designers get 2 or 3 weeks training in designing decks and pergolas before they are asked to design structures as part of the garden. We are “Exterior Designers” and Outdoor Structures is what we do best!
In our service areas we will visit you in your home, measure, take photos and speak with you about your tastes, listen to your desires, requirements and your budget, and often sketch something right on the spot. We design concepts to your budget range, can supply working drawings for obtaining permits and if you want photorealistic renderings, we do the finest deck and structure renderings anywhere.
Stock and DIY Plans
We built our reputation on DIY pergola plans. Our most popular project plans are being converted to 3d, step by step, downloadable project plans.
Pro versions are just the working drawings with a scalable template if required. The DIY plans include Step by Step with Material Lists. Designers and architects to specify the details, without having to guess at the structure or dimensions. It’s just part of our culture of sharing.
Creating plans, instructions or marketing materials for other companies is just part of what we do, so if you have a need, get in touch. The “Western Red Cedar Lumber Association“, and “Lee Valley Tools” have been utilizing our plan products for over a decade now.