I have been talking about doing this for ages. We have a southern facing backyard with no shade. In case you’re not in Texas, this means that we can’t step foot out back for about half the year. (Surface of the sun, remember?) Oh, and we’ve come to realize that the chickens think the world is their toilet, so we couldn’t use our back porch during the other half of the year. And the mosquitoes. Don’t even get me started on those little suckers.
So we figured out how to make it financially feasible (thank you housing collapse!), and called a contractor to build us a screened-in gabled porch. (Since it took me 2 months to build a chicken coop we figured it would be wise to bring in the professionals.)
After! (I still need to figure out where to hang the laundry now.)
After! (Apparently you can’t buy an outdoor ceiling fan in the fall, so we’re still waiting on that.)
The view from our living room before:
Granted, this was not a painless process. It took twice as long as projected, since the foreman was imprisoned halfway through. And we had a few issues with rogue bears in the rafters.
But still. We’re very pleased. Please join us for cocktail hour on the patio. Every day.