I do wish I had 15 or 16 days to talk about more products. I thought about ending on mass timber products such as spline connections (CMSTC, LDSS, MDSS), tension straps (MDCST, MTWS), concealed beam hangers (CBH, ACBH, SCBH), or the heavy seated knife plate hanger (HSKP). Since I’ve written blog posts for most of those already, I decided to end with our Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware instead.
Outdoor Accents is a family of connectors with a black powder-coat finish and an innovative washer-and-fastener combination that simplifies installation. The Outdoor Accents structural wood screw (SDWS22DBB) installs through a hex-head washer (STN22) to create a bolted appearance without the hassle of drilling holes for bolts.
The connectors and fasteners are tested, load rated and code listed in IAPMO ER-280 and IAPMO ER-192. The Outdoor Accents structural wood screw is a modified SDWS Timber screw, which R&D Engineer Aram Kachadourian wrote about in this blog post. The Mission Collection® features connectors with a hint of Southwestern flair, whereas the Avant Collection™ features straight edges and chamfered corners for a contemporary design.
Our Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Living minisite includes a number of resources for planning outdoor structures. We have a catalog of DIY Project Plans, including several pergola and pavilion plans. We also offer Pergola Planner Software, which allows you to customize your pergola to fit your unique backyard. Fence Planner and Deck Planner software are also available.
Last summer, my mother-in-law visited her sister in Georgia and would not stop talking about the swing she had in her backyard. My sons designed and built this one.
On a larger scale, in 2021 we had some time to redo our backyard and build this pergola. I still haven’t taken a picture with all the pavers and planters installed. I should probably do that someday. My kids and I built this one, with some painting by my wife.