Since removing the silver maples and the Florida room, my west-facing patio has proven to be brutal under the afternoon sun, rendering it unusable for a good part of the day. I dithered about what to do - pergola? awning? trees? - and finally settled on a canopy. One thing my yard demonstrates is, I change my mind. Frequently. Plants get moved, gardening methods evolve, new ideas come and go with regularity. So the canopy felt like the right way to go - quick but not prohibitively expensive, sturdy but movable.
We started around 11am with a quick trip to Home Depot, to purchase four 16"x16" cement pavers, concrete bits and anchors, 14" plastic ties, and in an semi-related purchase, 8 bags of pea gravel.
|Getting started (ignore the mess)|
|Maiden voyage for trailer and hitch, easier than carrying everything from garage to backyard|
|Measure twice, drill once|
|So far, so good!|
|Overcast skies helped keep us cool|
|4pm - time for a beer|
And what about that pea gravel? That was for the area by the outdoor faucet, an area that is not very conducive to plants yet weed-prone, an area where I keep my bird seed bins. It is right next to the patio and an eyesore.
|After weeding, before pea gravel|