We got something new this past Saturday - something I've been itching to get for awhile now. Tucker's wondering what it is and how it'll affect him...
Unfortunately, this is one of those new toys with "some assembly required".
The good news? I got Brett to help out with it! We don't usually seem to pair up on a lot of these sorts of projects - Brett likes to tackle things himself, and my projects are often the kind I know he'll want nothing to do with (like digging in the dirt!) ;-)
Hmmm...any guesses as to what it might be? (Oh, and check out all the deck furniture out in the lawn...)
Woo hoo - we're getting a roof!
Ta-daaaa! It's a gazebo! We've been debating how white trashy this might make us. We're settling with "just a little". ;-) But this thing is WONDERFUL - we got the idea after seeing someone else in the neighborhood with one very similar. The back side of our house, and especially the deck, get blasted with full sun ALL afternoon - from about noon til the sun sets, it gets HOT out there. Now don't get me wrong - I loves me some sun!! But it's to the point where you really can't just sit out and relax. The sun reflects off the white siding, so you're actually cooking from both sides. Plus you can't walk around barefoot on the deck because it gets so hot as well (and I've watched Doogie do a little dance a couple times). And, without wanting to sound like I complain alot when really I love the outdoors, the mosquitos and especially the deer flies can be a real nuisance at times...those things HURT!
So now we have shade AND "bug netting drapes" that can be zipped closed on all sides. As a bonus, I can have a cat out with me, zip us up on all sides, and the cat is contained! ;-) This worked great with Tucker - he was fairly content to just chill out on a chair or the table. I should try Moxie and Simon sometime.
And once we're 100% certain where we want the gazebo (a few inches this way, a few inches that way) we'll bolt it down to the deck. After checking the clearance sales at Lowes, Home Depot, WalMart and Target, I settled on the cheapest one (that's a real shocker!), and got Brett to agree he liked it as well. For just under $200 it's not bad! Sure, I checked the online reviews AFTER we assembled it to see it only got 2.5 out of 5 stars on the Home Depot site, but most gripes are about it blowing away. We'll bolt it down using the existing holes, and probably do as some happy folks suggested and drill in some extras.
I have to say it assembled QUITE nicely! Sure, we had a bit of a set back since I missed the very first step of the assembly instructions (I was on the wrong page), and THOUGHT it seemed like something was missing, but proceeded anyhow, and ended out constructing all four corner posts backwards...so we had to undo/redo that ... but even with that bit of fun it went together really well!!
I gotta say, I'm looking forward to summer a lot more now!! Hm. Now someone bring me a fru fru drink and fan me....you can keep the shades though. I'm not gonna need them under my gazebo!