Los Angeles wooden arbor, pergola, patio cover, fence, deck, driveway gate, entry gate, garden gate, tree house and play house designer and builder.

Peter A. Kirsch-Korff

Wood Arbors, Decks, Fences & Gates - Builder

Los Angeles      Pasadena      Hollywood      La Canada      Malibu

Mission Sytle Wood Dining Arbor - Los Angeles, California
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Spanish, Mission & Southwestern Styles

Many of my projects reflect the Spanish, Mission and Southwestern styles so popular in the Los Angeles area. These three styles emphasize native materials, creating privacy with enclosed courtyards and gardens, and managing the play of light and shadow in hot, sun drenched regions.

I find that the Spanish, Mission and Southwestern styles are well suited for for Spanish Bungalows, Spanish Revivals, Monterey Colonials, Pueblos and Santa Fe style homes.

For examples of my work in these styles please click on an image above. Below is more information about how I achieve these styles, along with links to related web sites.


Design Elements For Arbors, Fences, Decks & Gates

Wood: A hallmark of the three styles is using large posts and rafters which are intended to be strong and last a long time. Decorative corbels and beam end cuts can enhance and personalize the look.

Construction Techniques: I like to use simple or invisible joinery to reflect the simple construction methods used by the craftsmen of the time.

Metalwork: To achieve the right historical or aged look, I can add hand forged nails, iron studs, and large gate latches.

Lighting: To light the garden at night, I recommend using rustic looking sconces and lanterns.


Additional Resources and Related Links

Good resources for inspiration and ideas include (links may earn a commission):



Casa California: Spanish-Style Houses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente by Elizabeth Mcmillian

This book features 21 Spanish Revival homes that will give you lots of ideas for exterior and interior architectural details.


The New Adobe Home

This book highlights the interiors, exteriors, furnishings, design details and history of this elegant and distinctive regional style.   


The New Hacienda

This book showcases in photos and text the hacienda lifestyle and architecture, and will give you lots of ideas and inspiration.


In A Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms

This book gives you an inside look at Mexican patios, courtyards and walled garden and is filled with ideas and inspiration.   


The New Southwest Home: Innovative Ideas for Every Room

Eight homes are featured in this beautiful book that covers how Southwestern style homes use light and shadow to create a unique look and feel.


Santa Fe Style by Christine Mather

This book provides insight and over 100 photos of this distinctive regional style.     LA Public Library book


Behind Adobe Walls: The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos by Lisl Dennis and Landt Dennis

This is a stylistic book full of photos of Santa Fe homes and gardens.


Traditional Mexican Style Exteriors by Donna McMenamin and Richard Loper

This book offers over 300 photos of Mexican and Spanish style architectural details that will inspire you to create your own unique garden. You might also enjoy their Traditional Mexican Style Interiors .




Permission is granted to anyone who wants to
use my work for inspiration outside of the LA area.

Redwood Garden Arbor - Pasadena
Pasadena Mangaris TM deck before patio cover
Modern Horizontal Wood Fence - Los Angeles, CA
Wooden Treehouse with Club House - Malibu
Pool Equipment Enclosure - Beverly Hills, CA






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