A patio perfect for entertaining and enjoying nature brings life to a quiet garden.
A stylish St. Louis patio proves that it's possible to extend a comfortable home outside.
The owners of this patio wanted an outdoor living space that mimicked the interior of their home and allowed them to appreciate their expertly tended garden. Their stone fountain helps establish a peaceful ambience and offers plenty of seating.
From Garden, Deck & Landscape® Magazine.
A contemporary cedar and steel arbor frames the patio and adds a "ceiling" to this outdoor room. Near the top of the 11-foot-tall columns are tapered cantilever beams, which eliminate the need to place support posts in the middle of the patio. Each cable has a turnbuckle that can be tightened if the cable becomes slack.
Each of the six arbor columns consists of four 3x3-inch cedar posts connected with stainless steel bolts and metal banding. The unusual cantilever design allows the arbor to be supported on only one side, leaving the patio free of pillars and with more space to entertain.
Structures and plants effectively create "walls" and a "ceiling" for this outdoor room. Consistent architecture and use of color unifies the whole property. A seating area and dining set bring indoor comforts outside, while a fire pit and a fountain ensure a pleasant ambience any time of year.