To show something a little different at this year’s Home & Lifestyle Expo in Castlegar, British Columbia, I decided to frame a Japanese style timber pergola. The front of the frame was inspired by Japanese Torii Gates, which mark the entrance to Shinto shrines and indicate that you have entered a holy place where the spirits are more likely to hear your prayers.

Although not obvious from the angle of this photo, there is a symmetrical lattice frame for the roof, which will easily take a glass roof or vines growing over the pagoda. The size of the frame is 10 feet by 10 feet and 12 feet high, crafted out of douglas fir sourced from the Harrop-Proctor Community Forest, which harvests timber sustainably and is Forest Stewardship Certified.