The story behind Cabrio {cab·rio: convertible, opening} Structures begins at the close of a previous venture called Designer Doors, Inc whose office and manufacturing facility is still located in River Falls, WI.

Kent Forsland, nicknamed Father of the Modern Carriage Door, founded Designer Doors in 1986 and grew the company to nearly a 20 million dollar success by the time he sold it to the employees in 2006. Along with the garage doors for the rich and famous, Designer Doors produced driveway gates, entrance and service doors, garden gates and shutters which complimented the house in a “harmonious” way leading to the trademark, Architectural Harmony. Part of the success of the company is due to the values of fairness and respect, innovation (in fact, several patents were granted in this old industry) and the open book “Great Game of Business” concept.

In 2008, Kent retired from Designer Doors, planning to spend more time in the sky with his airplane, an experimental Glasstar Sportsman 2+2 he built in 2007. A few months later, wife Diane and Kent were waiting for their restaurant pager to buzz on a cool winter day in Sedona, Arizona when Kent noticed the spacious outdoor patio rendered unusable. Kent began noticing more unusable out-door patios connected to restaurants, sometimes abandoned for the season and sometimes covered with unappealing temporary structures crudely designed to keep seating customers.

If only there was an architecturally appealing structure with retractable ceilings and walls designed to shorten wait lists and lengthen the patio season. The idea kept growing in Kent’s mind and soon he was spending more time planning a retractable hanger for his Sportsman than flying!

In 2009, Kent began to invest more time and resources into what is known today as Cabrio Structures.

What does Cabrio mean?

The name Cabrio is a shortened form of the French word cabriolet, referring to a vehicle with a retracting roof that can convert from an enclosed to an open-air vehicle. Cabrio® Architectural Solutions, retractable roofs and opening walls!

Krejci inside the residential pool house with retractable roof for year round swimming