That’s nice Tom, you two will be real happy with it.
I have to eat and drink through a gastric tube. But I would really love to sit out there together, watch the sun set, sip a beer or something a little stronger.That’s nice Tom, you two will be real happy with it.
Just goes to show you how smart we are James.I like those project that gain us "husband points".....
Tom, It's very satisfying when you can get a good honest guy to do a good job. Kudos to you.I can't do projects like this myself anymore, so I hired this great guy who has done projects for us before to put in a solid patio cover on the third of the patio that was left open. I used to have a shade cloth in a frame up there, but a howling wind came up and blew them out. The thing sailed 50 feet before landing.
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This will be a solid cover, ply with roofing. My wife slipped on ice a couple of years ago in the uncovered area and broke her wrist. This new cover will prevent that.
The other end of the patio is wrapped with lattice work so it shades the plants that live out there during the summer. There's a door that leads to the garden area just beyond. That lattice work was the last project I've done myself.
It's a 12x30 concrete patio and is a treat to enjoy of an evening. I'll post another picture when it's done. I've done so many DIY projects over the years, it's kind of hard to turn it over to others, but I'm thankful to be able to afford it.
One thing I really liked is that he pre painted everything. Painting the underside of a patio cover like that is a terrible chore. I built a cover over an 8x10 porch on one of my sheds, and painted it after construction. That was no fun. The shed is a 10x12 office and I wired and finished it myself. Insulation, drywall, AC. It's where I go to hide out for a little alone time.
The background in the picture is the wall of a super cheap sunroom that was almost unusable when we moved in. I built a 2x4 inside frame, insulated, wired and dry walled that, replaced all the cruddy plastic sliding windows with double pane energy efficient models. Then sealed of five openings that didn't get new windows, ripped out the sliding door and framed and installed a nice back door. Put in some wiring and poked a hole for the evaporative cooler. Wired and plumbed it. Then I hired someone who put on another 3 inches of insulated roof, sealed it in. Last, I hired a guy who put a nice skirt around the bottom that keeps the rain off the now concealed cheapo foam sandwich of the original sunroom. It's now the most pleasant room in the house, and it's my wife's painting studio and where the sensitive plants live during winter.
I like doing home improvements, and have done them most of my life. I grew up in an old farmhouse that was built before 1913 and was always in need of repairs. Woodworking is wonderful, but most of my husband points come from DIY home improvements. I'm cashing those points in now as she has to look after me a bit these days as I inch up to 80.
Any of you guys and gals want to share some of your DIY projects?
Right about thoughtfulness. He put up a concrete block to cut the sound for his neighbors. He is blind, BTW, and still does a lot of yard work. He and my daughter and a friend formed a trio, and they play around the area here and there. He really is a virtuoso guitarist.That's nice of Brad to consider the neighbours with the music. You just don't get many folks that have one grain of thought about those around them. Nice patio, Tom. I'd appreciate the shade.
Very nice, Tom. It's good to hear of positive things these days. The best to you.Right about thoughtfulness. He put up a concrete block to cut the sound for his neighbors. He is blind, BTW, and still does a lot of yard work. He and my daughter and a friend formed a trio, and they play around the area here and there. He really is a virtuoso guitarist.
I'm looking forward to helping with his gatherings I'll set up lighting for him. He has the audio gear. Unlike most bands, they don't crank the sound up til it distorts. My daughter is a pretty good singer
We have a large number of Ravens what arrive when the nuts ripen. The nuts are very tasty, but I can't eat them anymore. And, I have a plentiful supply of chipmonks already, thank you. I better get busy with the trap again soon. I know where they live, but I don't like to kill them,so I move them several miles away where there's plenty of food.Looks great, Tom. I'll have to send some of our squirrels down to help take care of those pistachios and sunflower seeds. ;-)
My wife and I really love life here in the high desert. The back yard is entirely my creation. It was a bare lot, about an acre in the back yard, This area is much more developed these days. Parts look like pretty densely settled. The Mojave rive is stilll dry.Congratulations Tom, the finished project looks great. That is a good sized patio. The view reminds me of my teenage years. I grew up in the Mojave desert in California. Our property was much smaller than yours, but we did have more trees and they were quite large and provided a very good wind break. Of course as a teenager, I didn't pay much attention to property lines and wandered pretty much where I wanted. Thanks for the view I greatly enjoyed it.