Garages are often an afterthought to homeowners: a place to park the car, store tools and sports equipment, or stash boxes of items for that yard sale you’ll have one day. But garages can be a beautiful and functional part of your home. With our large selection of customizable cupolas and weathervanes, you can find garage cupola ideas that just might inspire you.
This stunning, barn-style garage portrays elegant sophistication. The simple lines of the cupola highlight the trim around the doors and windows. The arched louvers provide much needed ventilation to the attic space, making it more suitable for use and storage. A beautiful running horse weathervane and copper roof top off this garage cupola, shining magnificently against the sky.
For this garage, the homeowners wanted to make a bold, regal statement. This octagonal cupola draws the eye, while the bell-shaped copper roof adds softness to the overall design. The windows allow natural light to flood the garage, reducing the need for harsh industrial lighting. A majestic whale weathervane completes the look, adding a nautical flair to the garage.
The unique design of this home, with its tiered rooflines, called for a cupola that highlights the architectural elements without overwhelming them. The paned windows mirror those on the garage door and allow light into the attic space of the garage. Being able to see through the cupola also makes it less imposing visually, providing an airy effect. The slope of the cupola roof mimic the roofs around it, allowing the cupola to flow seamlessly into the existing structure. For a finishing patriotic flair, a flag weathervanes tops the cupola.
This quaint garage offers simple yet eye-catching details: from the hardware on the doors to the red wagon wheel resting against the white siding, every detail was carefully considered. The cupola and weathervane were chosen with equal thoughtfulness. The homeowners chose straight louvers to complement the straight lines present on the doors, while improving the ventilation in the structure. A beautiful eagle weathervane graces the polished copper roof, appearing to fly out of the trees behind it.
At Valley Forge Cupolas, we love helping customers banish boring rooflines with quality American-made cupolas and weathervanes. Our cupolas our fully customizable to complement any home and we offer a FREE digital quote so that you can see how a cupola will look on your garage. Call us today at 866-400-1776 to turn your garage cupola ideas into reality!
Nautical decorations are one of the most popular and enduring design trends. Obviously a common theme for beach- and lake-front homes, nautical decor can even be found in our country’s heartland, where people dream of toes in the sand and the sound of waves breaking on the beach.
Do you love adding a touch of the ocean to your home? Then why not choose one of our beautiful nautical weathervanes to grace your roofline or garden? Whether topping the gazebo by your boat dock or flying proudly atop your home’s cupola, nautical weathervanes are a great way to display your love of the water.
Where Land, Water and Sky Meet
Men have been fascinated by the sea since time immemorial. The allure of the sea is so great that Disney even wrote a song about! Ancient civilizations worshipped various sea deities, believing something so unpredictable and fierce must be controlled by the gods. In fact, the very first weathervane was shaped like the Greek sea-god Triton. It was erected in 48 BC on the Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece. While the weathervane has been lost, the Tower still stands today.
Weathervanes have long been a part of nautical culture, since sailors depended on the wind to tell them about the weather and to steer their vessels. Vikings, the most notorious seafarers, used handcrafted, banner-style, bronze weathervanes on their ships. These richly gilded, quadrant-shaped vanes didn’t operate like weathervanes on land: since the ships were always in motion, these nautical weathervanes couldn’t give the wind’s true direction. Viking navigators would combine both vessel and wind directions to calculate the true direction of the wind, allowing them to sail across the Atlantic Ocean long before Columbus.
One of the most impressive nautical weathervanes resides in Montague, Michigan. Shaped like a ship and arrow and measuring 48 feet tall, 4,300 pounds, this weathervane is said to be the largest standard-design weathervane. The ship depicted is the famous Ella Ellenwood, a schooner that ran aground in Lake Michigan, just north of Milwaukee, in October 1901, causing the crew to abandon ship. The following spring, the nameplate of the vessel washed up in the ship’s home port of White Lake, on the complete other side of Lake Michigan!
Share Your Love of the Ocean with Our Nautical Weathervanes
From mermaids to lighthouses, our selection of nautical weathervanes has everything a sea-loving heart could desire. Built from durable copper, our weathervanes are available in both polished and patina finishes. Call us today at 866-400-1776 to add one of our beautiful nautical weathervanes to your home!
Encompassing the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), the Victorian Era is often considered a high point of fashion, architecture and literature. During this time, the British middle class grew in both number and power. Aspiring to join the ranks of nobles, members of the middle-class adopted the attitudes, fashions and conventions of the nobles. The Industrial Revolution meant that more people could afford to look as though they belonged to the upper class, even when they didn’t. These factors helped fuel the rapid development and spread of this new “Victorian” style.
The Creation of Victorian Weathervanes
Weathervanes reached their peak popularity at this time. Victorian rooflines were known for elaborate metalwork and ornate weathervanes embellishing nearly every square inch of roof space. Victorians loved items that were both beautiful and useful. Made from gleaming copper and helping forecast the weather, Victorian weathervanes fit the bill. Weathervanes began popping up on everything from stables to gazebos. Demand was so great that the first weathervane factories were established, churning out intricate designs.
Victorian weathervanes often featured beautiful scrollwork and delicate lines. They were also often hiding surprise treasures. Some Victorian weathervane makers began a tradition of sealing a copper penny from the year the vane was crafted inside each weathervane. These pennies were considered to be good luck. Other craftsmen put small brass plaques or other mementos inside the sculpture piece, with these items becoming cherished keepsakes.
Antique Victorian weathervanes are now considered works of art and are highly sought after by collectors. They often fetch staggering prices at auction, from 4 to 6 figures - or more!
The Resurgence of Victorian Weathervanes
From fashion to home decor, Victorian style is enjoying another round in the spotlight. Flip through an interior design magazine and you will see pedestal sinks, ornate table lamps, and curvaceous armchairs gracing the pages. The practical sophistication of the Victorian style can easily be incorporated into any home.
An easy way to add period elegance to your home is to place a Victorian weathervane on your roof. But you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it! We offer a variety of Victorian style weathervanes to complement any home. Built from beautiful polished copper, these weathervanes are an eye-catching addition to any roofline.
Valley Forge Cupolas and Weathervanes: The Style Experts
Our cupola and weathervane specialists love helping our customers add beauty and personality to their homes. From Victorian weathervanes to window cupolas, our products banish boring rooflines. Call us today at 866-400-1776 to purchase one of our beautiful Victorian weathervanes!
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