Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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June 2014 45 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 4 2 3 Opportunity Knocking: Utah- based Western Timber Frame is a manufacturer of DIY timber pergola kits. They state that their kits can be as- sembled in as little as one or two days, and range in size from small garden ar- bors to large-scale projects encompassing multiple pergolas, gazebos, and pavilions. They offer contractors a 25 percent dis- count, installation training, 3-D architec- tural drawings on custom jobs, national NSRP price sheets, and no limits or caps on what you can charge. Nurseries and pool contractors can also take advantage of this program. Walpole Outdoors manufacturers and distributes cellular PVC pergola kits that they market as looking like paint - ed wood but never peeling, rotting, or splitting. For professional contractors, they provide services including design assistance, quotes, complete drawings from CAD technology of your project for approval, cost opinions for budgeting projects, and a 10 percent discount for the materials. A Defned Gathering Location: Whether hosting a large event or gathering in a private group, a pergola provides a great outdoor entertainment space. Protection From the Elements: A structure helps protect your backyard or patio from the heat and the sun's glare. In the ASLA 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, pergolas came in at 82.8 when com- bining the percentages of "popular" and "somewhat popular" ratings for the most in-demand features. Building a pergola from scratch might not be in your skillset, but there are kits that can be ordered and assembled for your customers, and make you a proft. Constructing a pergola for a client also provides a great opportunity to up sell and install lighting, fans, outdoor radiant heaters, shades, barbecues, counters, swings, speakers, and more. Western Timber Frame has identifed these as two of the top selling points of pergolas: 045.indd 45 5/23/14 4:59 PM

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