Patios are the shit, yo.
Like most things in my household, the project isn't yet 100% complete. The yard needs to be graded, adding dirt around the sides of the brick so there isn't a step down, i clearly want to style this and can't wait to add the rug i bought, bring in more plants, put the swing out on the frame, etc. But-it's totally at the stage where one can enjoy it!
My plan was always to add a rug, because truly i didn't want more brick. The house itself is brick, and i thought it would be overload. But it really isn't, since the sunroom is stucco and takes up most of the back of the house. And since the brick was given to us for free, it didn't make sense to use another material.
My darling and i did this nice border, the herringbone inside, these fancy little corners...and now i'm going to lay a rug over all this hard work. I feel guilty, but he knew that going into this project and a rug will modernize this space.
So now you might be wondering how we keep this tent structure from blowing away in the wind. When it was on grass, we didn't use the yard stakes that came with it, we came up with a more secure idea. And while the structure stays up year round, the canvas is always put away.
And this is how. This is 10 inch long galvanized steel piping that is sheathed by the poles of the tent structure, making it sturdier and more secure. We cut it in half, to make 2 pipes, each 5 feet long. They are bolted to the ground with a stainless steel bolt and stainless steel locknut. So my darling tells me.
We then used the mallet to pound the steel pipe two feet into the ground/brick to solidify the structure so it isn't at the whim of the wind. The remaining 3 feet is above ground and comes to about halfway up the gazebo once it's fully built.
Then you just put your structure over the piping, and lift the top part of the gazebo up and attach it to the bottom which is securely in the ground with the interior piping. The two pieces then clip together about halfway up. S tells me this thing isn't going anyway. He likes to demonstrate this by taking hold of it and vigorously shaking it, making his own severe weather pattern.
The white caps at the base of each pole secure the canvas so the pieces aren't flapping about, and the caps themselves are attached to the brick by being between the sleeved pipe and the pole. Then there's a clip to the canvas and a clip to rod.
The garage wall herb garden is out of hand in a good way.
Go forth and enjoy your outdoor space! Is anyone else not getting as bitten up this year by mosquitoes? We enjoyed the patio yesterday without the netting, and it was totally fine.
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