Definition:A sukkah is a temporary dwelling built during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. ("Sukkot" is the plural form of the Hebrew word "sukkah.") The sukkah hearkens back to times in ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. These dwellings not only provided shade but allowed the workers to maximize the amount of time they spent in the fields, harvesting their food more quickly as a result. The sukkah is also said to represent the temporary shelters in which the Jewish people lived while wandering in the desert for 40 years (Leviticus 23:42-43).A sukkah usually has at least two and a half sides, which can be constructed of any material so long as the sides are secure and don't flap in the wind. The roof must be made of natural, unprocessed materials that have grown in the ground - such as tree branches, bamboo poles or even wood that's been shaped into planks. In addition, the roof should be left open so that people inside the sukkah can see the sky. The sukkah is often decorated with autumn fruit and vegetables, which are tied to strings and then hung around the sukkah.During Sukkot it is traditional to eat at least one meal in the sukkah. Many people will try to eat in the sukkah more often though, especially if they have children who can revel in the novelty of eating outdoors.Although some people build a sukkah in their yards, in modern times it is more common for synagogues to build a sukkah for the community to enjoy.
Alternate Spellings: sukka
Playing in the background is Secret Garden written and preformed by Bruce Springsteen and the East Street Band. I though it was a fitting song for this remarkable pergola.
Notice the vertical flutes machined into the 6x6 post? That is an example of a customization that the web site pricing engine doesn't offer. If you can think of an option you would like on your pergola, suggest it. We will offer you a price for the customization. We put a darker stain in the flutes to accentuate them.
Notice the two dark circles above the post? This is what we call a Lincoln Log Joint. Think of it like a master link in a bicycle chain. We machine a peanut shape out of the back of the two mating boards, then create this Link out of a South American hardwood known as Ipe. It is an extremely hard, durable lumber which will hold this joint firm forever. The radius of the arches represent perfect circles.
We anticipated a gap between the ends of these two braces, so copper flashing seemed like a good solution. Notice that the dental-work above the joint was aligned to be centered. Attention to these subtle details are what we excel at.
The posts are evenly spaced along one side. On the other side, the posts align with the stone wall. This can only happen with the involvement of the customer who must relay their desires specifically. We don't mind customizing your pergola because we built them one at a time, to order.
The house is a contemporary, so instead of a Victorian/Greek/Roman architecture, we felt it needed a more subtle cut and selected the Japanese cut which some people might call Scandinavian.
This pergola may appear simple, but the area it fits into is very irregular and required lots and lots of measurements and correspondence. It's freestanding, but has only three posts and IS connected to the house where the fourth post would have been. The project was tedious because of it's complexity, but working with the client was a pleasure because he knew exactly what he wanted and was good at expressing it.
Clear cedar lumber was selected. Clear Western Red has tight, complex grain which glows with refectivity. The darker sections of the cedar wash into the lighter sections like two rivers converging over rapids. The fit and finish of this pergola was equal to a fine Japanese temple.
This custom bracket was created to receive and support the two cedar beams. As it turned out, the stucco of the house was very irregular, but with some careful grinding, our install team was able to make a perfect fit.
The spacing of the rafters brought the last rafter into a collision with this copper downspout. We moved the rafter over a couple inches which meant custom notching array in the beams and purlins. We made the cutout for the down spout at an angle in the factory; All thanks to careful measurements supplied by the homeowner.
In this photo you see the large arched gussets which are cut from 6" x 12" stock, lagged bolted to the side of the clear cedar 8x8 with chamfered corners. We make the dowels which conceal the hardware. Notice that the top of the post is haunched to make a ledge for the beams to rest upon. We are pround of our details.
To further point out the details of this pergola, please notice the bottoms of the rafters have a gentle arch cut into their bottom edge. This is to allow access to the window should it need preplacing down the road of time. The face rafter is not arched. You can't buy this at a Big Box Store.
Lastly, please notice what we call the 'boot' which slides over the bottom of the post. It gives the post some needed aesthetic weight to counter balance the top, similar to the leg of a Clidesdale horse. It's job is to conceal the ABU66Z mounting bracket. To the bottom of the boot we attach nylon glides: You can just barely see them. Thier job is to prevent water from wicking up into the end grain of the boot.
This is a large custom home in upstate New York. Stone patios absorb the suns rays and turn into outdoor ovens. This South facing patio would typically be thrity degrees hotter then the sun. A shade solution was needed. The tall windows required a tall pergola. A larger pergola was not an opption due to traffic patterns on the patio.
Our install team removed the crown moulding below the soffit and squeezed the 5.5 inch tall ledger into place. The ledger is notched to receive the rafters. The rafters are notched to fit into the ledger, so the bottoms of the rafters are flush with the bottom of the ledger. Notice that the shade system is lower on the exterior then the interior. This allows the water to run off away from the house.
It's hard to see, but the color of the rafters matches the color of the house and the color of the posts and beam match the trim color. Here we see Mark about to extend the Easy Shade Canopy.
The dining table is preventing Mark from walking straight through the center of the pergola, but the length of the crank handle allows Mark to open the shade with ease. The system is designed in such a way that it cannot bind up.
This pergola is quite tall, but as you can see, the shade system works well in creating shade. It's essentially a massive umbrella which adds architectural detail to the home.
Mark is cranking the handle clockwise to tighten the shade hardware and lock it's current position. A nice feature of this shade system is that you can lock in any position you like. Open the shade to the position you're happy with and tighten the crank. Very simple. Very easy.
Placing a pergola at the head of a pool is classic. The structure is beautiful and practical, but when your focus shifts to the reflection of the pergola in the water something magical happens which is hard to put into words. Lighting a pergola of this natural is a great idea. Some people cut the lights into the patio and cover them with tempered glass. Others put the light fixtures up high and shine down. Either way... Beautiful.
The span from center to center is twenty feet in width. In depth it's ten feet. The height is foot and six inches to the bottom of the beam. The posts are 8x8's. We worked hand in hand with landscape architect Catharine Cooke of Spring Lake Design.com.
Sometimes were refer to Fibonaccis golden spiral when designing pergolas. We also refer to classic architectural orders of the Greeks and Romans. Simple design school teaches us that squares are formal and rectangles are informal. We've studied Feng shui and even Vastu Purusha Mandala. We draw knowledge from all of these sources when assisting our customers in effort to build perfect pergolas.
Looks inviting. Imagine the serenity of lounging in this most private setting. God bless America.
Often times, when we get to this point, we take a picture. It's because this structure is beautiful even in it's incomplete form. This is known as a colonnade because it has two posts, but some might call it an arbor. It's plum and level and it provides form which is in contrast to its natural setting. These should be more popular.
We were happy with the proportions of this pergola. The 8x8's really make a statement. The arched gussets are five and a half inches think and together with the posts, they say: "Get used to us. We're going to be here for a very long time.".
A fiberglass pergola derives its strength from it's firm connection to a concrete footing or a concrete slab. For that reason, they don't do so well on decks. A post an beam pergola is different. It's strength comes from the connection between the post and the beam. Think of it like a kitch table. It's strong independantly and doen't require connection to the kitchen floor.
What's most noticable here is the quantity of purlins. We typically space our purlins at 16" inches from center to center, but in this case, the customer wanted more. These purlins appear to be nine inches on center. This creates additonal shade and beauty. Pay for it once. Enjoy it forever.
What people don't think about when considering a pergola is the appearance of the pergola at night. Or is it the appearance of the stary night framed by the pergola? The moon casts shadows on the deck all night which are kind of mystical. This pergola is an outdoor room... With a view, day and night.
Please notice that there are beams in the depth aspect which span from the side of the house and out beyond the post. These beams do not support anything. They are purely cosmetic, but they complete the enclosure of the outdoor room. They also provide an attachment opportunity for gussets (braces) which arch toward the house. These are also purely cosmetic.
This photo shows the ledger board attached to the house. Notice that the screws are right under the notches - This is so the rafter conceals the screws! All the interesections are notched: Beams are notched for rafters. Rafters are notched for beams AND purlins. Purlins are notched for rafters.
Here you get a glimps of the view and another look at the post and the gussets. The beams have deep notched which half lap over each other for a flush finish. We love this stuff.
It's important that the pergola be built to the same scale as the house. While we prefer short pergolas, sometimes the setting requires extra head room. With this in mind, please don't forget to send us pictures of where you want your pergola. It will help us to a great extent.
This pergola has a wide stance, is tall and is built with appropriately substancial components. It's also outfitted with outlets switches, lights and speakers. I really respect the owners descision to grow Wisteria plants over the top. Notice the cut outs in the patio for plantings.
This close-up shows the high level of detail in the 8x8 posts. The flutes were cut with a CNC router. They begin and stop above and below the gussets, outlets, switches and boots. You might imagine our robot making these cuts efficiently, but it turned out to be quite a labor intensive project. Fluting of posts is not a standard option, but we customize almost every pergola, so be sure to inquire if you are interested.
Without the pergola, the patio would not appear nearly as inviting. Pergolas were all the rage during the victorian era of the late nineteenth century. Around the 1920's the "Naturalist" movement gained popularity among garden designers and most garden structures were removed. With all we've learned about the damaging rays of the sun, I don't think we'll be repeating that bit of history.
We have worked for some prominent families and we look forward to working with you and your family. Please consider giving Baldwin Pergolas the opportunity to impress you and your friends.
Woodworking is a serious craft. Max Baldwin and Matt Crescimano have been working together since 1986 - Almost thirty years of woodworking experiance, primarily with Baldwin Lawn Furniture, but since 2003 their focus has been on designing and building the nations most beautiful pergolas. These are NOT your typical salepeople. You will not find more experianced craftsmen available to help you with your pergola and pavilion needs!
Western red cedar is one of the most challenging materials to work with because of it's wide variety of colors, grains and textures. We must be careful to include boards of varying color because that's the true beauty of a cedar pergola, but meanwhile we're well aware that nobody wants their structure to include harshly contrasting pieces. People are always complimenting us on the beauty of the lumber, but we cannot take any credit for that; We just arrange what God has given us.
Our competition has a commission only sales force which receives almost half of the money people pay for their structures. So if you pay $8000 for a pergola, the company actually making it is getting only $4000. You can expect to be disappointed with the quality of lumber, hardware and craftsmanship. There's just no way around it. You will not be getting your moneys worth if you shop anywhere else.
Cedar is decay resistant because the wood is very acidic but this acid has a rusting effect on the hardware, so our fasteners must be stainless steel. Stainless steel hardware costs more, but we're not trying to make the nations cheapest pergolas, pavilions or Adirondack furniture.
We carefully design and notch our pergolas to make the structure more beautiful, stronger and easier to assemble. You just match the notches up and it slides together. No measuring is required. We include mahogany plugs to cap the screws. Mahogany is another of the woods that last for decades outdoors. The worker in this photo is inserting plugs to complete an installation.
We space our cedar rafters and purlins approximately 16" inches on center. Online only pergolas are typically 24" on center. Our beams are typically 2x8, rafters 2x6, purlins 2x3. This network creates a cooler, shadier patio area, but more shade can be obtained by growing a vine, installing an easy shade, an easy curtain, or ordering our custom outdoor drapery.
We have the ability to channel our 6x6 and 8x8 posts to conceal wires for lighting or speakers. The channel includes a shoulder cut for our wooden concealment strip to nestle into. We also cut a channel in the top of the post so then the wire reaches the top of the channel it can turn and run between the beams as required.
Baldwin Pergolas is a full blown custom woodshop with modern machinery and skilled workers. We love to make people happy so rather then tell you all the things we don't do, we'd rather say "Yes, we can do that!
". We want to be the company that delivers your dreams. Tell us what you want done and allow us the opportunity. You will surely be impressed.
Our typical attached pergola consists of a set of main beams running parallel to the house as well as a ledger that connects to the side of your the house. They require less posts, less footings and ultimately a lower price tag. All that being said, freestanding pergolas are still more popular.
Our pergolas are available in standard sizes for ease of pricing, but we can custom tailor the size of your pergola down to the exact inch you require. Our order form makes this simple, but you'll need to tell us exactly where you want the centers of your posts. The best way to do this is to place pots or plates where the posts will be. Measure. Custom drawings will be created for your review and approval. 4x4 posts have a 5.5 x 5.5" boot. 6x6 Posts have a 8.5 x 8.5" boot. 8x8 Posts have an 10.5 x 10.5" boot.
We encourage our customers to design short pergolas because they look better and provide more shade. A perfect height is seven and a half to eight feet. Many projects require taller posts for a variety of reasons, but please keep in mind that we are humans and twelve foot tall pergolas look ridiculous. In this photo, you can see two pergola heights: 8 foot and 10 foot tall. Notice the man in the background: You can see that the scale of this job is just too tall.
When we started building pergolas back in 2003, everyone wanted 4x4 posts. As soon as we made 6x6s available as an option, everyone wanted them. Along the way we've done a lot of pergolas with 8x8 posts which are the most impressive.
The thickness of the post has an effect on the thickness of the gusset (brace), so these compounents scale with each other. Also consider the scale of the setting. Is the home large? What is the scale of other architectural details in the yard?
The cut on the rafter tail determines the architectural style of the pergola. It makes a big difference in the look of the pergola. If you would like a custom rafter tail, we can do that, just send a drawing or a photo. We'll design an proof and once you appove it, it's yours. We use solid carbide router bits and a computer controlled router to make the cuts, so they all come out exactly the same!
We considered removing this as an option. Almost 100% of people choose the arched gusset. It embodies the classic architectural order defined by the Romans thousands of years ago: The Roman Arch. We have done a limited number of pergolas with the Craftsman style gussets and they can be just as beautiful. Another name for Craftsman style is Mission style which gained popularity in the 1920s.
Most cedar pergolas get coated with Olympic Maximum, Cedar natural tone Sealer because it blocks the ultra violet rays and includes a wax which limits moisture fluctuation. If you want a solid color we will apply Sherwin Williams Woodscapes solid color stain, but if you don't love the natural wood, why not choose fiberglass? We often apply a coat of either white wash or gray, weathering stain. Each of these coatings tint the pergola and still show the grain and texture of the cedar. It's a nice effect, but it's not for everyone. Our pergolas are built with a designers eye for quality, fit and finish.
We hand-select the finest Western red cedar boards for our pergolas. Both grades of lumber have the same quality and integrity.
Our knotty grade cedar boards are cut from trees which were planted in the United States about 80 years ago. They trees had branches, so the boards have knots. We carefully inspect every inch of every board for defect and use only good ones for pergola parts.
The photo on the right shows high quality, furniture grade, old growth, cedar. The grain is very tight and straight. If left untreated it will weather to a beautiful gray in about a year. It has only a few small knots.
Overhead fabric sun-shades have become more and more popular in recent years. Our preferred shade consists of one large sheet of fabric which extends and retracts. More information is available in our Shade Systems section of the web site.
Our pergolas were specifically designed to make installation easy. If a task can be done at the factory, it gets done at the factory. After completing thousands of installations, we can confidently say that no job is every easy. Unexpected site conditions are the primary reason. We bring every tool known to man and use most of them during the installation. You will see installation service on the order form, but it is only available if you live within 100 miles of our factory located in 06457, excepting special conditions.
Footing: A concrete anchor which holds the pergola to the Earth. They need to be deeper than the frost line, but also large enough and deep enough to hold the pergola to the Earth during a strong wind. Footing size should never be less the 42" deep and 12" diameter.
Pier: This in a small stone wall on which a pergola can be mounted. The pier is always supported by a footing or a concrete slab. If building a stone wall or pier, it would be wise to anchor a 5/8" threaded rod into the footing to anchor a pergola.
Post: The 4x4, 6x6 or 8x8 vertical member which supports the pergola top. We chamfer our posts in a way which embodies the most classic architectural craftsmanship.
Boots: This is a box of trim which gives aesthetic balance to the pergola and also conceals the post mounting bracket.
Gussets: Some people call them braces which is perfectly appropriate. Regardless of what you call them, gussets provide diagonal or lateral strength between the post and the beam. These are what keep the pergola from blowing over.
Main Beams: The beam which sits atop the posts and supports the rafters. The main beams consist of a set of two parallel 2x8's which are spaced either 3.5 or 5.5" apart depending on leg size. The beams (the Greeks called them entablatures) are always crowned to prevent sagging. The gussets attach to the beams in such a way as to provide stability and support, in effect narrowing the overall span.
Rafters: These are the primary shade creating members that make up the pergola. They are 1.5" thick by 5.5" tall. They notch down over the main beams and support the purlins. The typical overhang which is measured from the center of the post to the tip of the rafter is 24" inches or 2' feet.
Purlins: These make up the top layer of the pergola. Each purlin measures 1.5" thick by 2.5" tall. They notch down over the rafters and keep the rafters in a perfect grid. The typical overhang which is measured from the center of the post to the tip of the purlin is 24" inches or 2' feet.
Overhang: This is the distance from the center of a post to the tip of the rafter or purlin. Typical overhangs are 18" for small pergolas and 24" for large pergolas, but you have full control over that.
Shade area: This is the distance from the center of one post to the center of the opposite post.
Size of pergola: This is the shade area in depth plus the front overhang and the back overhang. The shade area in width plus the left overhang and right overhang.
Spans & Height
Spans are measured from center of footing to center of footing. Often the design calls for large open spans so a beautiful view can be unobstructed. This causes two design concerns: The beam must be built in such a way that it can support the weight of the rafters and purlins without sagging. The larger concern is this: The wind loading of the entire pergola must be divided by the number of posts. Fewer posts means more stress on each post. We solve this wide span problem by placing two posts close together on either end of the span.
Our beams are capable of spanning twenty feet, from post center to post center without sagging. If longer spans are needed, then the pergola becomes custom and may require engineering, aluminum reinforcements and or other advanced techniques. A pergolas job is to provide a feeling of protection when you are within it. "If a branch were to fall toward me, this pergola would protect me from harm.". If the spans are super natural, the pergolas occupants will be wondering what's holding it up and therefor will be in a state of fear rather than security.
Height is also a structural concern because each post has mechanical advantage like a lever. When you apply ten pounds of force to the side of the top, you exert eight times that amount of force to the bottom, assuming that the post is eight feet tall. Our typical offerings are designed to endure high winds, but large residential pergolas and commercial jobs may require engineering. These are things which get discussed.
The pergola ordering process
Determine where you want the center of your posts. Measure distance in width and depth. Determine how much overhang you would like on each side. Overhang is measured from the center of the post to the tip of the rafter or purlin. Standards are 18” and 24” inches. Rafter length is your depth from center to center plus your front and rear overhangs. Purlin length is your width from center to center plus your left and right overhangs. Consider height and sight lines. Remember, short pergolas give more shade under the pergola. Consider the time of day you will use your pergola and the angle of the sun at that time. Take a few photos of your site and send them to us.
We have an online pergola pricing tool you can use to configure your pergola. When you are using the pricing tool, you will need to select your options such as: The cut on the ends of the beams and rafters, post size and type, color, fabric color.
The pergola pricing tool will give you a price for the pergola, your electrical options, drapery and even a trucking quote. It’s easy to modify your pergola until it is exactly what you desire. You can feel comfortable using this no dicker, always accurate pricing tool. We do reserve the right to adjust prices due to lumber costs without notice.
If the pergola you desire cannot be built using our system, please enter the pergola as closely as possible then describe what you would like done differently in the notes section. You can also call our sales team during business hours at 800 344-5103x1 and they will do all of this for you.
When you are pleased with your pergola and are ready to talk to one of our designers, click the “Submit information” button. Your data gets sent to us.
We review your pergola choices and call you to answer any questions you might have. We suggest making changes that would either make your pergola more useful or more beautiful, but we also look for ways to reduce the lead time and your cost.
When all of your concerns have been addressed and pricing established, a deposit gets the wheels rolling. Along the way you can request an elevation drawing of the front, back, or either side so you can see what pergola will look like. Based on this visual, you may request changes. We adjust your file and explain any changes in price. We also create another visual for your approval. When you are happy with the drawings you confirm every detail and we begin production.
It's our goal to deliver a pergola or pavilion within thirty days from plan confirmation. June is the busiest month of the season and we adjust our lead times out a week or two during this peak season. During production you may get a call or email from the production team asking about your ceiling fan height or what color light switches you want. When the pergola kit is complete, we require final payment before shipping. If you are within 300 miles, we offer you our in-house, white glove delivery service. Other then that, we use Yellow Freight as our over the road trucking company. Customers who live within 100 miles of 06457 can choose our installation service.
Baldwin Pergolas are designed to be very easy to put together, but there are still difficult aspects such as using a level to determine the lengths of the posts, cutting the posts to length, drilling the concrete and anchoring the mounting brackets. If this sounds like more then you want to do, we may be able to suggest experienced pergola installers in your area.
|Overall size||Post centers||Knotty cedar||Shade system||Clear cedar||Site plan|
|12 x 12'||8 x 8'||$6251||$1340||$9824|
|12 x 14'||8 x 10'||$6585||$1470||$10331|
|12 x 16'||8 x 12'||$6798||$1560||$10690|
|12 x 18'||8 x 14'||$7128||$1720||$9298|
|12 x 20'||8 x 16'||$7344||$1890||$11556|
|14 x 14'||10 x 10'||$6885||$1730||$9055|
|14 x 16'||10 x 12'||$7122||$1870||$11202|
|14 x 18'||10 x 14'||$7484||$2080||$9654|
|14 x 20'||10 x 16'||$7720||$2310||$12145|
|14 x 24'||10 x 20'||$9801||$2730||$15644|
|16 x 16'||12 x 12'||$7387||$1880||$11637|
|16 x 18'||12 x 14'||$7779||$2120||$12234|
|16 x 20'||12 x 16'||$8032||$2360||$12648|
|16 x 24'||12 x 20'||$10173||$2940||$16227|
|16 x 28'||12 x 24'||$10819||$3400||$17237|
|18 x 18'||14 x 14'||$8135||$2450||$12793|
|18 x 20'||14 x 16'||$8409||$2720||$13239|
|18 x 24'||14 x 20'||$10631||$3350||$16923|
|18 x 28'||14 x 24'||$11330||$3970||$18012|
|18 x 32'||14 x 28'||$12028||$4900*||$19101|
|20 x 20'||16 x 16'||$8724||$3010||$13740|
|20 x 24'||16 x 20'||$11003||$3530||$17506|
|20 x 28'||16 x 24'||$11748||$4050||$18661|
|20 x 32'||16 x 28'||$12493||$5440*||$19817|
|20 x 36'||16 x 32'||$13237||$6020*||$20972|
* Notes: The maximum shade system extension is 24', so this price includes two shade systems
We are extremely pleased. If there is any picture that I haven't taken and you need one a special way, Don't hesitate to call or write. Max made everything easy for us, make sure he sees these pictures.
Thanks Max! I'll send you a picture today once we finish the install. It is truly AMAZING how well everything went together, especially considering the custom nature of the job and the need to build it against an existing structure.
Matt, I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the new pergola. As a woodworker I appreciate the precision and thoroughness of the kit. I installed the cement pads the previous weekend and did the entire remaining installation in about 6 hours the following weekend with one helper. Very nice looking and I know I am going to enjoy the long term benefits of using a fiberglass products. I will send you a photo as soon as I finish the 10' dining table and benches that I am building to complete the pergola/dining area.
I set this up by myself in two days (using sawhorses to brace the uprights) and although I'm reasonably handy, I'm no carpenter! All in all it was an excellent experience and my hat's off to you for being able to construct and ship such a good kit. Even considering the shipping costs, there is no way we could have purchased lumber and paid people to construct something like this for the same money. We're considering doing another identical unit in the opposite corner of our courtyard. Well done. And good luck in this economy!
Thank you my friend, we just got done with the big pergola, it took longer to run the wires than it did to put the pergola together. It is freakin sweet Max, oh and by the way Deana Martin, Dean's daughter lives next door we did a three story add on for them but she said it looks spectacular. Thanks again Max, I'll be sending some pics.
Jim and Lina P.
Max and All the Folks at Baldwin, My wife tells me you fixed the boot on our pergola and even left some extra stain for us. That is excellent service and the reason we purchased it from you. Please accept our sincere thanks, we are loyal customers and your best advertisement.
I had been working with Diane on having some custom draperies made for our tropical patio covers which are called Palapas. She made one set last summer, and we liked them so much we had another set made this summer. They turned out quite nice and I thought you might want to see some of the pictures I took. I was so glad to have found your website on the internet. We can now actually use our outside table to eat dinner. Prior to having our draperies we had the setting sun right in our eyes. Thank you for the awesome product! Diane does really great work!
We actually put most of it up last weekend. The pergola made such a dramatic difference in the backyard. I'm very happy with the investment.
Dear Max, The pergolas look great! The addition of rope lights was the key to the whole look. Thanks again.
Dear Mr. Baldwin, The Pergola is everything I had hoped for and exactly what I ordered. You did an AWESOME Job and the masons are almost finished with the stone work. I will send pictures when the setting is complete. You may post them on your website. My hearty thanks. it was right on time and my project is continuing as scheduled.