For my house:
So this is the backyard - well the backyard when I bought the house (it is actually really green now thanks to my sprinkler system!)
BOOORRRING! No outdoor space to play with the furry munchkin ( AKA Snickers) and NO SHADE!!!! This has to be rectified!
First up, a deck - not attached to the house but standing a bit away from the house...I am thinking 15x15 at grade. Something like this:
Well, something like this without the step and without the big-box store shade structure.
Listen, I understand the draw of these structures. They are homeowner DIY friendly, they contain all the parts and pieces you need (hopefully! Don't ask Christie about the missing parts and pieces when we assembled her new desk!), and they look relatively good...at first. The problem with these structures is they are almost always temporary and do not last more than one season.
Instead of a generic shade structure that will either blow away in some of the strong winds I get (thanks to all the fields surrounding my house), I want to do a shade structure something like this:
It is sturdy with the poles planted in the ground and made of steel, the covers are made to be outdoors for all seasons, and how fun are those!
Oh, who am I kidding? I REALLY want something like this from my friends locally at Varnado Construction:
|Who knew the dude scooping ice cream in high school would grow up to do this!|
|We are talking about that spot WAY down there.|