Remodel • Addition

Custom Cedar Pergola & Gate

Challenges of a smaller project and designing within a pre-existing context can present an opportunity to deliver an element or sum, greater than the simple scope. Our client’s need for a pergola and outdoor space allowed Tucker Jaroll and Russ Herndon to “give the house a voice”. This is the second phase of work on this beautiful home. You can see the first phase here.

The main challenge here was to moderate a harsh western exposure, while not disrupting the beautiful view of the valley, hills, and upward angle sight line for big sky sunsets. Our design team identified the sweet spot for the structure’s roof angle via a solar analysis, allowing the winter sun to still filter into the space while minimizing the direct summer sun. Constructed of Corten steel with cedar columns, the deep cedar wood color is consistent with the rear screen porch that we designed and built on the East side of the home last year. From the modern T-Rex column bases to the pre-rusted steel, the variegated patina delivers an instant warm aged look. 

In addition to the steel purlins, perforated Corten sheet material imparts a dappled and diffused natural light while suggesting a covered roof effect. Our team also constructed a pivoting hinged gate element at the carport, providing a visual screen from the drive, or in the open position the covered protection of a carport. The return screen wall adjacent to the gate is clad with the same materials -cedar with Corten nuances. At the rear wall of the carport, our client now has custom cabinetry for storage, flanked by a custom workbench/potting area, replete with task lighting and power. 



Check out the before photos that demonstrate the full transformation: