Outdoor Elegance

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Spring is almost upon us, and in a few weeks we’ll emerge from sun-starved hibernation to behold the fragrant, colorful rebirth of the magnificent outdoors.

For many of us, the most immediate and intimate access to Mother Nature is our own backyard.  The recent surge in popularity of custom outdoor living spaces confirms that now, more than ever, homeowners are embracing the fun and excitement of backyard living.  With the goal of spending more leisure time outdoors, an easy and affordable first step to enhancing your landscape is the addition of a garden pergola.

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The Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture defines a pergola as, “A garden structure with an open, wood-framed roof, often latticed, and supported by regularly spaced posts or columns.”  In fact, the word pergola is from the Latin pergula, meaning “projection.”  Pergolas were used in ancient Rome as early as 80 BC!

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A well-placed pergola has many benefits:

  • Defines an outdoor space without restricting it;
  • Provides a focal point in the backyard;
  • Extends living space while creating a connection to nature through the pergola’s open form;
  • Adds value to the property;
  • With the addition of hanging baskets and/or flowering vines, creates an explosion of color and increased shade; and
  • Creates a true haven for lounging and dining al fresco.


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While pergola designs are virtually limitless – confined only by the size of your outdoor space and breadth of your imagination – there are some best practices to consider when creating the right pergola for your space:

  • Make it large enough to accommodate lawn furniture, a barbecue, or even a hot tub, but scale the pergola so it will blend into the environment rather that dominate it.
  • If you’re using it to provide shade, space the joists roughly ten inches on center, and run the rafters perpendicular to the angle of the sun’s arc.  Another great way to increase shade is to interlace flowering vines through the rafters, or weave canvas between the beams and purlins.
  • Head room should not exceed 9′-0″.  Any taller than this, and you risk losing the appealing sense of enclosure.
  • If your pergola will be adjacent to your home, be aware of window and door heights so no views from inside are obstructed.

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After choosing the right design for your pergola, the next crucial decision regards building material.  In the past, a painted or stained wood – like Western Red Cedar – was the most common material used in the construction of pergolas.  While natural wood is still a fine choice, advancements in construction material technology have given homeowners many other affordable, low-maintenance choices.

Hands down, the best columns for pergolas are PolyStone®, a mixture of fiberglass, resin, and marble dust.  They are impervious to weather and insect infestation, guaranteed for life and, once painted, have the same architectural beauty and integrity as a custom wood column.

Regarding the overhead beams, rafters, and purlins, new technology has made pultruded fiberglass an exceptional choice, due to its easy customization, light weight, durability, and affordability.

Each material has its positives and negatives.  Speak with your Chadsworth consultant to ensure you are using the best possible material for your project.

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Regardless of size, design, or material, adding a pergola to your backyard will certainly increase the length and enjoyment of time spent outdoors.  So fire up the grill, gather friends and family, and prepare to love your new pergola!

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Open floor plans create a spacious, airy feeling that appeals to many of today’s homeowners.  However, without traditional borders, the living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms often bleed into one another, resulting in an undefined sprawl.  A beautiful and effective solution to this problem is the incorporation of well-placed architectural columns.  Correctly used, columns delineate the rooms without disrupting the original architectural intentions.



In this home, fluted columns with Greek Erectheum capitals have been used to separate the living room (unseen), a center hall, and the dining room, providing a more contemporary living arrangement in a traditional setting.



On this Martha Stewart project, a wall was removed, and fluted columns with denticulated Roman Doric capitals and Attic (Ionic) bases were added to expand the space.



Here, two sets of Tuscan columns separate the casual living room, a stair landing, and the kitchen, providing visual access to all spaces while still creating a sense of borders.


438_Reduced.jpgFaux-finished wood columns and pilasters with custom plinths, Attic bases, and Empire with Necking capitals delineate the grand entrance from the formal living area.



Octagonal columns and pilasters with Attic bases and denticulated Roman Doric capitals create an open hallway between living areas.



Fluted denticulated Roman Doric columns on custom pedestals demarcate the entrance into different rooms.



Columns and pilasters with Attic bases and denticulated Roman Doric capitals provide a perfect, subtle delineation between an entrance hall and the (unseen) living room.



Greek Doric columns, with Doric flutes separate the stairway and the foyer.

Chadsworth Provides Columns for Restaurant 1858 at the Broadmoor Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

Chadsworth Provides Columns for Restaurant 1858 at the Broadmoor Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

Text courtesy of Colorado Springs Independent’s website:  www.csindy.com

Feast of the Seven Falls

When Seven Falls (2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, sevenfalls.com) reopens Aug. 13, it will mark just under two years since flooding closed the attraction, but also the first time that a business, rather than a family entity, has owned the canyon splendor.

Last year, the Broadmoor purchased Seven Falls from the Hill family, who owned it for nearly seven decades. El Paso County assessor info shows that purchase price at $956,000, and Broadmoor spokespeople say its owner, The Anschutz Corporation, has put around another $11 million into restoration and upgrades including a new gift shop, a food cart, two extensive zip-line courses and an eatery called Restaurant 1858.

Executive sous chef David Patterson says the menu’s point of departure resides in the restaurant’s name. “We’re looking at the Colorado Gold Rush, the West and what food traditions people may have brought,” he says, noting both American regional flavors and immigrant influence. Items range from game meats to Colorado trout, which are served eight ways, from “cast iron classic” to “prohibition style” or “low country.”

Katie Symons arrived four months ago via Las Vegas to take the job as 1858’s chef de cuisine, formerly having worked for Nobu inside Caesar’s Palace, and West Virginia’s historic Greenbrier resort hotel, among other postings. She and Patterson both talk up a 4-by-3-foot wood-burning grill that’ll receive oak, hickory and mesquite feedings, and which greatly informed the menu’s design.

“That grill is like a beast,” she says, “I worked on one in Vegas … It adds smoky flavor to all the food.”

Arkansas Valley Organic Growers and former Broadmoor executive chef Sigi Eisenberger’s farm are among area food providers.

“Talking about heritage isn’t just a buzzword for us,” says Patterson, who adds, “If I put shrimp and grits on the menu, I want it to be the real deal. I buy the best grits I can, and source Gulf shrimp when we can.”

He also cites AVOG-grown Anasazi beans that appear on a chopped salad, and South Carolina’s organic Anson Mills’ red peas and gold rice that lend authenticity to the Hoppin’ John on the side of 1858’s roasted chicken.

Regarding the facility, Symons notes chandeliers, wood features and a stunning view of the waterfall from the 100-seat dining area and 20-seat patio. Patterson likens it to the opulence and “rustic wilderness beauty” on display at the hotel’s swank Cloud Camp, conceived by the same design firm, Johnson David Interiors. “It looks like it’s been here 100 years,” he adds.

No on-site parking is allowed; free shuttles leave from the hotel’s east lot. Dress is casual to relaxed, and you can arrive early or stay post-meal to hike and visit the park, as access to 1858 requires a park-entrance fee: $14/adults; $8 ages 2-12; season and family passes available). Regarding menu pricing, Patterson says “we want to be price sensitive and as inclusive as possible, but we won’t compromise on our quality and product — we’re a Broadmoor property, and the expectation from a guest perspective is for 5-star, 5-diamond quality.”

Restaurant 1858 in Colorado Springs, CO

Photo Courtesy of: Carlos Aguirre | Peak Framing, Inc

Restaurant 1858 - The Broadmoor Seven Falls

Photo Courtesy of: Carlos Aguirre | Peak Framing, Inc.



COLUMN DESIGN:   PolyStone® fiberglass composite Belley columns with Tuscan capitals and square plinths.

COLUMN MATERIAL:  PolyStone® fiberglass composite (FRP)

COLUMN SIZE:   10″ x 8′

PROJECT LOCATION:   Colorado Springs, CO

PROJECT BUILDER:   Peak Framing, Inc.  www.peakframing.com

PROJECT COMMENTS:   Almost two years saw the construction of Restaurant 1858 along with Seven Falls – since a flooding that closed the attraction.  The re-opening (August 2015) will mark the first time that a company — not a family entity — has owned a piece of this magnificent canyon.

Restaurant 1858 features (31) of Chadsworth’s PolyStone® fiberglass composite Belley columns with Tuscan capitals & square plinths.  Many of the columns were cut down on site and currently rest atop stone pedestals.

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Restoration Hardware | Atlanta, GA






COLUMN DESIGN:  PolyStone® fiberglass composite columns with Tuscan capitals and Tuscan base moldings / plinths.

COLUMN MATERIAL:  PolyStone® fiberglass composite.

COLUMN SIZE:  12″ x 10′

PROJECT LOCATION:  Atlanta, Georgia

PROJECT COMMENTS:  Chadsworth Columns produced one of our most recognized and highly acclaimed columns for the Restoration Hardware Show Room.  Our award-winning PolyStone® composite columns were utilized.  This project features (10) of our Design #200 columns – Tuscan, plain, round, tapered.


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Residence Inn | Wilmington, NC





COLUMN DESIGN:  PolyStone® fiberglass composite columns with Tuscan capitals and Tuscan base moldings / plinths.

COLUMN MATERIAL:  PolyStone® fiberglass composite.

COLUMN SIZE:  14″ x 12′

PROJECT LOCATION:  Wilmington, North Carolina

PROJECT COMMENTS:  The Marriott Residence Inn, located in Wilmington, North Carolina features (16) of Chadsworth’s award-winning PolyStone® fiberglass composite columns.


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