A few years ago, we constructed a series of cypress pergolas and water features when the Clarion took over the Best Western and preceded with an ‘over the top’ restoration. Our scope of work was limited to the outdoor courtyard and swimming pool area. A series of five big timber Cypress Pergolas were constructed surrounding three sides of an existing L-shaped swimming pool. All five pergolas were constructed in similar fashion with similar components. Each pergola was built approximately 10’ in height, using 6x6” posts wrapped with circular cast concrete ornamental columns. The entire upper carnage framework of each Pergola was constructed using rough cut cypress, while the members of each pergola were also in uniform. Dual ornamental, boxed 2”x12”s were used as girders, ornamental 2”x10”s were used as shades, and 2”x4”s were used as purlins.
We used two milled 2”x12”s, 32 feet in length, as girders for a pergola that was constructed over one end of the swimming pool. This pergola would also be used as the framework for two separate water features. A stone waterfall was constructed in one corner of the swimming pool, around one of the 6”x6” pergola support posts. This waterfall was built using Navajo Fieldstone, a tannish white stone blended in with the courtyard patio. The second water feature was built using a 2” copper pipe inset between the two cypress 2”x12” girders. A hole was drilled every 1/4th of an inch to create an effect of a sheet of water falling. The frame of the stone waterfall was constructed using a low voltage lighting transformer, and concrete blocks, leaving the center hollow to house the pump. We used a Pentair (intelliflo xf) pump with a 2”2” intake and a 3” outtake to supply both water features. The Pentair pump was sufficient, even with the 10 feet of head pressure needed for the pergola water feature.
We constructed a third water feature as a backdrop to the raised travertine patio, that was built to be utilized as a bandstand. This water feature was basically a rectanglular, raised retainment pool veneered in tile, that projected a sheet of water approximately 8 feet across and 8 feet off the ground.
Finally, because this entire travertine courtyard area would be occupied more often in the evenings, all the Pergolas and water features were lit up using LED Low Voltage lighting. In part, low voltage lighting was used for function, lighting up the sitting areas, as well as pathways, exits and entrances. Low voltage outdoor lighting was also used for an aesthetic effect by lighting up the water features, as well as some of the landscaping. Lastly, as we have done with a lot of our pergolas, outdoor ceiling fans were attached. Looking at our final product, I really feel we accomplished our customer’s goal. The space has a lot of appeal and can accommodate a large volume of people for enjoyment and entertainment. It has the variables needed to draw people in; a swimming pool, a full service bar, a large bandstand, etc. But, most importantly to me, it has a great aesthetic and artistic appeal. I have listened to many people talk about the Clarion Courtyard and its appeal. Even my own daughter, who is not easily impressed after years of exposure to my organic designs, was in awe of it after spending a few evenings there, and had no idea that I designed and constructed it until I gave her this blog to post.