• Innovative Hangar

    In 2011 Kent Forsland, owner of Cabrio Structures, lived on a private airpark. Most of the homes surrounding the landing strip had a metal pole building for a hangar, but his property didn’t have a hangar. Kent’s previous company, Designer Doors, designed doors and shutters to create Architectural Harmony™. The desire to create items that […]

  • Bloomington Residence, MN

    Solitude in the city. This Cabrio Structure is installed in the middle of a neighborhood, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. These homeowners have a sloped backyard filled with trees. A beautiful and private space that feels far away from other houses. They were looking for a way to enjoy this gorgeous space without diminishing […]

  • Red Wings Biergarten (Little Caesars Arena), MI

    Game days and events don’t wait for good weather. When the weather is nice, everybody enjoys an outdoor beer garden. But when your beer garden is right outside a year-round event arena, you need to be able to use it year-round. When the Detroit Red Wings were building their new arena, they needed a solution […]

  • Hot Chip Burger Bar, MN

    Please Note: Zzest is now Hot Chip Burger Bar Stress. Every morning, Jerry or LeeAnn Zubay checked the weather report to determine if opening the patio was worth the risk. If they risked opening the patio and if the sky opened on Zzest’s outdoor diners, there was no room inside to move those guests. On the […]

  • Patrick McGovern’s Pub, MN

    During perfect weather, Patrick McGovern’s patio is popular late into the nighttime hours. But when it rains, snows, becomes too windy or too humid, the patio isn’t popular. “People don’t eat in the wind any more than they eat in the rain,” Pat Boemer, owner says. Without a viable option for his patio, Pat accepted the loss of patrons and […]

  • Cimino’s Little Italy, IL

    Hey, don’t forget about us! “That’s what I wanted to do — bring some excitement to the air,” said Sam Cimino, restaurant manager. “Sometimes people forget Cimino’s is out here, but this is what I wanted to say — ‘Hey, don’t forget about us’ — and just bring something new to Freeport.” So when Sam Cimino […]

  • Kilroys opening walls and opening roof structure for a year round patio

    Kilroy’s Bar & Grill, IN

    Bad weather during peak season. Kilroys’ clientele are college-aged adults who want a place to party with their friends during the school year. However, the school year is also during the coldest, wettest, windiest and generally most unpleasant time of the year to be outside. So the inside of Kilroys was packed with bodies while their patio […]

  • Midwest Pool House, MN

    A private oasis for fitness and health. When these Minnesota homeowners started looking into ways to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors, they quickly realized there were challenges. In a Midwestern climate, the usability of outdoor spaces has a limited window. Building an indoor pool and exercise area would create a more functional space, but […]

  • Al Vento, MN

    Weather. Al Vento Restaurants’s outdoor patio is a popular place to dine or have a drink after work in Minneapolis. But it didn’t stand a chance against rain or wind. Therefore, in the winter or many days during the Spring, Summer, and Fall when the weather was unappealing, the patio was often empty while the indoor restaurant […]

  • Lake Elmo Inn, MN

    Less than 3 months per year were decent patio days and Lake Elmo Inn wanted more time on their patio. And so John Schiltz installed a plastic tent to increase the amount of time Lake Elmo could seat patrons on their patio. However, no matter how many lights and decorations John hung on and around […]