Thursday, November 9, 2017


Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm. Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Open gazebo, image via
A few weeks ago we posted about a space behind the barn and shed.  Some of you suggested a gazebo.  Of course this isn't something we'll do soon but we were looking online anyway just to get ideas.  We like both of these. Of course this one is open...  

Screened in gazebo, image via
...and this one is screened in.  We think in our climate, it would be more useful if screened in.  No bugs (especially mosquitoes!).  Of course we are betting those are way more expensive but it might be worth it in the end as it would make it an extension of the house as an "outdoor room".  It would be nice to use for a variety of things, dining, relaxing, sleeping, etc. Of course we'd still love it surround by flower gardens, ha.  I still think that's a great area for raised bed cutting flowers.  Best of both worlds!

Be inspired! 


  1. I love gazebo's; especially the enclosed ones.
    If you have many squirrels; Beware as they can tear up screens quite easily, especially if you go with Fiberglass of which is the least expensive but it is easier to install.

    Aluminum screening costs more and is more durable but also has it's draw backs as glare can be a problem, especially with bare (silver) metal screen. Aluminum screen is more rigid than fiberglass and thus a little harder to install, but it’s also more durable, although it is prone to creasing during installation and to denting at any time.

    Sun Control Screening or often called Solar screeningFor porches and sunrooms that tend to overheat in the summer, sun-blocking screen is available in a variety of types. The idea here is to keep out the bugs, along with most of the sun’s heat, while letting light pass through to the interior of the space and still maintaining good exterior visibility. Some sun control screens can keep up to 90% of the sun’s heat from getting inside.
    Solar screens is what we have on our house windows that face the hot afternoon heat which faces south-southwest. The solar screens have really helped in keeping out the heat. You can see out but people can't see in.

    Understanding Screen Weave
    Standard insect screening is made from woven strands of material. The tightness of the weave, or mesh size, is measured in the number of strands per inch. Standard mesh is 18 x 16, which has 18 strands per inch in one direction and 16 strands in the other direction. For large expanses of unsupported screen, you might consider using 18 x 14 mesh. This has slightly heavier strands, so the screen holds up better when stretched over large areas. If you live in a climate where tiny “no-see-um” bugs are a problem, you might need 20 x 20 mesh screen, which offers the best protection from teensy pests.

    Now for me, if I where to win the lottery; I would have windows and screens so that can open up the windows and let air movement in, plus with windows, even if it's rainy you can still enjoy your gazebo inside and not getting wet while enjoying your glass of tea or whatever.

    1. Can you cite your source on that? I would like to read more.

  2. you have the perfect place for a gazebo!

  3. I have always wanted a gazebo! I would not put it behind the barn and shed. It needs a more inviting place, like maybe in a scenic place in your property.

  4. A gazebo would be so perfect on the Farm. You're right, it would definitely need to be screened in. Have some wide eaves coming off the roof to provide more shade and protection from rain.

  5. I have thought about having a gazebo and how to use it more. A ceiling fan would help for the heat and for mosquitoes. Plus, there is a very expensive window screen that keep allergens out. I have so many allergies that this would be well worth if for me. Of course, you may not have allergies. I have also thought about the fact that running electricity might not be feasible, so have wondered how using a solar panel would work for the ceiling fan. I have great ideas that my budget could never


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