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Designers that Evolved from Carpenters

If you are looking for information about GardenStructure.com this article will give you plenty of background about the company and how it happened!

GardenStructure started out building houses and restaurants and doing commercial carpentry.

We actually built a few of the first SubWay Restaurants in Canada and work in hospitals like Princess Margaret in Toronto. The company also did site work on commercial buildings and spent a few years building estates. This is when the magic happened.

The Transition from Carpenters to Designers

During a 3 year project near Barrie Ontario, the homeowner was having a hard time making his vision for a tennis court come to life. He was working with Landscape Architects when he approached us for an alternate approach. Our little carpentry company, “Winterburn Group”, as we were known in those days started designing on napkins no less.

Our little company created a 15′ high tennis court fence and landscape woodwork throughout the property, as well as framing and trimming a guest house with a glass roof. We had found our niche– Between Architects and Builders, We are specialist woodwork designers.

Experience Matters!

Our Founder Lawrence Winterburn has more than 3 decades of experience designing and building Woodwork of all descriptions. The company has existed through all those years but changed the name when the internet happened.  

The big difference between GardenStructure.com and many other companies in the outdoor woodwork sector is that we are actually carpenters. Having actually built things we understand how it all goes together and why some details last longer outdoors.

Renowned Designs

Through the years we have been featured in nearly every gardening magazine in Canada, as well as newspapers and many magazines in the US. Even a feature on HGTV on “One Garden Two Looks”. We boast some of the most borrowed photography on the internet. You can find tens of thousands of copies of our more popular photos spread all across the web at any given time. We even had Home Hardware Corporation in Canada borrow a few plans and attempt to give them away to its customers for free– “Home Hardware Owners– Helping Homeowners”, we can laugh about it now!

We strive to help as many people as we can by providing information that they need to build better. We also seek out the finest builders to work with. We share as much knowledge with them as we can, we are not perfect, but we are always improving.

What We Do:

We design for our Builder Group, Paul Lafrance Design and for private clients that connect with us through the website.

We design, plan, organize and oversee many jobs for many large companies. We work with our artisan builders help them construct longer-lasting structures. We have good people that take pride in their work constructing our projects here in Southern Ontario. We can’t start next week, and the project may longer than you might like to get finished, but that is how high quality work happens. Good things are worth waiting for.

Our design office is based near Barrie Ontario and from this location, we provide designs around the globe.

In locations outside Southern Ontario, we work with chosen builders to bring our unique brand of woodworking to clients, with quality equal to our own local crews.

We design DIY projects for corporate clients from time to time, and we have books in draft so keep an eye out for the first one to be released soon.

GardenStructure.com offers professional-level working drawings and step by step DIY plans directly from the website in downloadable format only. A small assortment of DIY Plans in printed format is available through Lee Valley Tools, website and in Stores. Presently they are our retailer of choice.

Our stock working drawings and step by step DIY plans are available directly from the website in downloadable format only. A small assortment of DIY Plans in printed format is available through Lee Valley Tools, website and in Stores. Presently they are our retailer of choice.

We hope that this website will inspire you to create something beautiful. We would be happy to speak to you about any projects you are planning in the near future.

A few words about​

OUR TEAM

This is a major mystery– Most of you know Lawrence, but, who else is involved? Get to know us a little, maybe you will find out!

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