Ferronnerie

Pergolas in metal, transforming lives and outdoor spaces.

Commissions in 2018 have included railings, handrails inside and outside, a metal framed door, a staircase, terrace railings, signs as well as some interesting renovation projects. A varied year once again.

Metal pergolas have been particularly popular this year and with good reason. All the pergolas we have installed have changed dramatically and positively the way clients use their outdoor spaces.

Pergolas in metal are strong but light and elegant looking so they don’t block views in and out of the area.

They provide an additional, useable outdoor living space and with the provision of shade cover of the natural or textile kind they can be used during the long, lovely and often very hot spring, summer and autumn months here in South West France, when temperatures can reach the high 30° centigrade.

We were commissioned to fabricate and install four metal pergolas of different designs during 2018.

The pergola after installation and before the addition of shade cover provided by the clients.

The pergola after installation and before the addition of shade cover provided by the clients.

A view of the winter sky through the curving roof of the skeleton framework of the same pergola.

A view of the winter sky through the curving roof of the skeleton framework of the same pergola.

Such a lovely outdoor space to spend time in and with the addition of lighting it is infinitely useable well into the long, balmy, summer nights.

Such a lovely outdoor space to spend time in and with the addition of lighting it is infinitely useable well into the long, balmy, summer nights.

The feedback this year we have had from clients once their pergolas were installed often included the phrase

‘the pergola has transformed my life…..’

meaning that the outdoor space is now being used to its maximum.

That even if the weather turns rainy and stormy, there is no rush to get inside as the covering protects them.

That on the sunniest of days they can still use the space and be comfortably shaded.

That in winter they can take off the shade cover and still enjoy any sunshine to the maximum.

Here’s another pergola that earned the phrase

‘it has transformed my life’.

The beautiful view from this terrace is a bonus and is framed beautifully by the uprights of the pergola.

The beautiful view from this terrace is a bonus and is framed beautifully by the uprights of the pergola.

Cable and tensioner roof structure that will carry the shading material for sunny, summer days.

Cable and tensioner roof structure that will carry the shading material for sunny, summer days.

A perfect space for enjoying those sunny, winter days.

A perfect space for enjoying those sunny, winter days.

Two more pergolas were commissioned by clients for the same reasons. A way to use an outdoor space that without the shade cover of a pergola would otherwise be a lost, unusable, dead space during the long hot summer months.

The owners of this bijou second home need to make sure every inch of space is used to accommodate all their family when they visit. An excellent idea to add a metal pergola and railings on this terrace to create shaded outdoor dining space.

The owners of this bijou second home need to make sure every inch of space is used to accommodate all their family when they visit. An excellent idea to add a metal pergola and railings on this terrace to create shaded outdoor dining space.

A lovely, usable space now in a shady corner of the house.

A lovely, usable space now in a shady corner of the house.

The fourth pergola we installed has an interesting dip in the roof line in order to provide the maximum shading on the south facing side.

The cable and tensioner roof provides support for the fast growing trumpet vine and grape vines that will be trained over it.

Fabrication of the changes in slope of the roof was quite complicated but ensures that the maximum shade from the sun is achieved whilst still maintaining a good head height beneath.

Fabrication of the changes in slope of the roof was quite complicated but ensures that the maximum shade from the sun is achieved whilst still maintaining a good head height beneath.

The support posts of the pergola rest on the surrounding walls, maximising the usable floor space beneath.

The support posts of the pergola rest on the surrounding walls, maximising the usable floor space beneath.

If you are thinking about doing something about that unusable outdoor space in 2019 then please get in touch with us to discuss the possibilities for a metal pergola which could

‘transform your life’.

We are based in the Lot, Department 46 but we do work in departments 19, 15,12,82, 47 and 24.

Terrace railings, a beautiful trellis and arch and a purpose built bookcase.

What a busy year 2016 was! 2017 is not seeing the pace slow down either. We're not complaining!

Here's a sample of the variety of interesting projects that we have been asked to do just before the end of the year.

Warm autumn days saw us working near Montagudet in the lovely Tarn-et-Garonne department. A neat terrace on two levels with steps leading down to the garden requiring some metal railings to replace the slowly rotting wooden ones.

 

The old wooden railings that were taken out to be replaced by metal ones.

The old wooden railings that were taken out to be replaced by metal ones.

Slowly, over the day, each section of railings was installed.

Railings laid out in sections on the grass, ready to install.

Railings laid out in sections on the grass, ready to install.

First sections ready to fix and weld.

First sections ready to fix and weld.

Rails for the steps down. Note the 'dog leg' around the downpipe.

Rails for the steps down. Note the 'dog leg' around the downpipe.

Late afternoon sun now on the finished terrace railings.

Late afternoon sun now on the finished terrace railings.

Still in department 82 and not too far from Lauzerte, we were asked to create an undulating trellis with archway through, to provide some privacy to a pool and terrace area.

The arch is set in place first. It frames a lovely view over the rolling hills beyond. Note the necessary 'tools of the trade' on this worksite!

The arch is set in place first. It frames a lovely view over the rolling hills beyond. Note the necessary 'tools of the trade' on this worksite!

Swooping metal panels either side of the arch.

Swooping metal panels either side of the arch.

All in place.

All in place.

Arch and panels viewed from the terrace side.

Arch and panels viewed from the terrace side.

A view from below the arch. Yes, that is a ball with spike reaching up to the sky!

A view from below the arch. Yes, that is a ball with spike reaching up to the sky!

A view of the trellis and arch taken by the clients at sunset that day. Beautiful!

A view of the trellis and arch taken by the clients at sunset that day. Beautiful!

Coming indoors now and just before Christmas 2017, a complex and large undertaking. A contemporary bookcase or 'bibliothèque'. The whole structure was made in the workshop and then carefully cut into two halves to enable easier entry into the room and then re-assembled. Careful logistical preparation was required!

The 'bare bones' frame of the bibliothèque in the workshop. Wooden shelves were made to measure and then inserted into the frame once it was in place.

The 'bare bones' frame of the bibliothèque in the workshop. Wooden shelves were made to measure and then inserted into the frame once it was in place.

Manoeuvring the shelves into place.

Manoeuvring the shelves into place.

Beginning to fill the shelves....

Beginning to fill the shelves....

Loving the way the shelves fill this wall. 

Loving the way the shelves fill this wall. 

A touch of Christmas on the bookshelves.

A touch of Christmas on the bookshelves.

From Summer to early Autumn 2017...some fascinating metalwork projects.

From Summer to early Autumn 2017...some fascinating metalwork projects.

Stunning metalwork by Ironwood Motif at Moulin de Latreille.

From stair rails to log holders via a glass porch, a pergola and a sturdy pool cover holder.

The variety of metalwork and ironwork projects continues apace this year.

We will allow the photos to speak for themselves!

 

A contemporary twist to this overhead porch at a very pretty, stone house.

A contemporary twist to this overhead porch at a very pretty, stone house.

Unusual, 'scallop' design for this beautiful and majestic pergola. Tensioned cables form the roof to support a growing vine.

Unusual, 'scallop' design for this beautiful and majestic pergola. Tensioned cables form the roof to support a growing vine.

A beautiful and simply curving log holder which, indoors, could also form the base for a console table!

A beautiful and simply curving log holder which, indoors, could also form the base for a console table!

...or outside, it can do its job of holding a mighty stack of logs!

...or outside, it can do its job of holding a mighty stack of logs!

An unusual one here, fabricating strong and robust end supports for a very long pool cover holder. Note the addition of strong, locking castors for ease of moving it about.

An unusual one here, fabricating strong and robust end supports for a very long pool cover holder. Note the addition of strong, locking castors for ease of moving it about.

Railings to enclose a pool area. The start of 'cow proofing' the whole area!

Railings to enclose a pool area. The start of 'cow proofing' the whole area!

A nice detail here to accommodate a change in height.

A nice detail here to accommodate a change in height.

A lovely project - simple, uncluttered style railings on a Japanese style staircase with inbuilt under storage.

A lovely project - simple, uncluttered style railings on a Japanese style staircase with inbuilt under storage.

..and a view from beneath the staircase of the 'hidden' fixings. 

..and a view from beneath the staircase of the 'hidden' fixings. 

A tower, a narrow curving staircase and the need for a handrail for a safe ascent and descent. Very simple, forged end handrail, finished in clear varnish.

A tower, a narrow curving staircase and the need for a handrail for a safe ascent and descent. Very simple, forged end handrail, finished in clear varnish.

A view of the handrail from the top of the curving staircase.

A view of the handrail from the top of the curving staircase.

Ironwood Motif. A pergola project in the April sunshine.

Our latest project, in the bright, unusually hot sunshine of an April day is to install a pergola over a small courtyard to support a vine and a rambling rose. The roof of the pergola is formed of steel cable and tensioners. Fighting off the abundant rose with its determined thorns and the blossoming wisteria beset by hard working bees we were able to support the large, old vine whilst installing the new structure beneath.

 

The beautiful wisteria almost filling this terrace area.

The beautiful wisteria almost filling this terrace area.

The new pergola viewed from above. Tensioned cables across the roof provide strong support.

The new pergola viewed from above. Tensioned cables across the roof provide strong support.

View from below of the pergola, looking up to the wisteria.

View from below of the pergola, looking up to the wisteria.

View of the pergola from the road. Next project here is to replace the gate and fence. Coming very soon....!

View of the pergola from the road. Next project here is to replace the gate and fence. Coming very soon....!

Ironwood Motif, 2016, A year in View. A year of variety.

Ironwood Motif, 2016, A year in View. A year of variety.

Contemporary-style railings at a traditional farmhouse on the Causses de Cajarc.