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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

When Opportunity Knocks...

You may recall back in February we began the Great Gazebo Quest, our search for a sturdy, functional structure to protect my orchids and make our patio into a usable room. We got a lot of great suggestions from our readers, but we realized for several reasons that this would not be the simple endeavor we'd imagined. I drew up 3 separate plans, which were abandoned in the following order:

1. Commercial gazebos lack the height to provide clearance for the new French doors. With sliding glass, this hadn't been a problem.
2. DIYing a permanent structure got stalled because we haven't decided how Mom's quarters will be accessible to the house. If we build a large, wheelchair friendly deck, that will raise the height of the flooring.
3. The half DIY/half store bought project was scrapped due to the fact that I'm too flipping cheap to Frankenstein a $300 gazebo.
However, on Monday's trip to Target with Sam to pick up nasty dry pet food, I spotted this baby marked from $249 to $125.
Cue the angels.
I quickly took the husband home, grabbed the daughter, and hightailed it back.
 Welcome to Tuesday.
 The Minions cleared the patio in a cheerful manner...

...with Savannah belting out a Disney Princess riff that attracted their woodland friends to help.
(Presenting: Snailio Ingelias in I Shall Leek You!)
 Off with the furnishings and plants.
 This area will be much more delightful with shade.
 Now, onto the serious business...
 ...for obvious reasons.
 Oh dear God.

The bougainvillea got a vicious pruning patio side.
The construction went very quickly. Seriously, this went together in about 45 minutes.
Slight sprinkles did nothing to deter us!
 Torrential rain, however, pared the workforce down to one crazy guy.

 Relax, we let him in. Eventually.
It's water tight too, which was the whole idea.
Now, about that height issue...
We're headed for Home Depot!


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Oh, sweet! I'm so excited to see how this turns out - and thrilled that you found such a good deal. I may need to drag Ryan to target. . .

Heather said...

The thrill of finding a great deal is so exciting! Congratulations on your great find!

Sherri B. said...

That will be so nice to have, like a breezeway between the two buildings. Looking forwards to seeing how you deal with the height issue.

Andrea @ Keepin it Thrifty said...

LOVE this!!!!!! this is a good lesson for everyone...keep calm and shop on! heheh love your plants by the way I just redid my front porch!!

XOXO Andrea

Keri {One Mama's Daily Drama} said...

I've been stalking the outdoor department at Target for weeks waiting for that stuff to go on clearance! I finally scored a 7-foot umbrella for 25 bucks. I'm so excited to see how your patio ends up.

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

I so love a sweet gazebo :0) A perfect place for evening dining

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm home long enough to check on the cat, scoot Chris outside to water his precious gardens and sneak some blog time. We'll be hitting the road soon to head back to the cottage. I just updated the blog with a few pics. Being unplugged is really really hard. I can't wait to get caught up on all your latest happenings!!

Michelle L. said...

What a steal! Looks like you all had fun - one of the things I love best about your crafting adventures, Sunny1

Olive said...

I truly pray for Minions like yours. Maybe CC will marry a DIY kind of guy? This fits perfectly in your space. Maybe you can teach me how to grow orchids for I am certain death to them!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Can't wait to see it all pulled together. In the meantime, I spy with my little eye those awesome white porcelain garden stools. Love them!
Pam @ BeColorful

MJ said...

Wow you've been busy! and everyone always looks so happy (and sometimes funny) it's looking great :)