Back in 2014, we purchased a metal-framed outdoor gazebo for the back yard. Hugh took a lot of time securing the frame to flagstone pavers that he had set in the ground, and, we went about enjoying the summer months in the cool shade.
Until...dun, dun, dun! The following summer, when Mom's dog came to visit and he and Rowdie tore the ever-living shit out of the mesh while playing a rousing game of what I can only imagine was the pit bull version of Capture the Flag.
The destruction wouldn't have been quite so bad had we been able to replace the mesh, but, alas, replacements for the gazebo were nowhere to be found, and, trust me; we looked everywhere. So, we were left with a sad, barren metal frame, prominently hulking in the corner of the yard, like a blight on our landscaping.
Flash forward to last month, when Hugh picked up a notebook and started doodling...
...it should be noted that, the first phase of our four-year home remodel and renovation also began with a doodle...on a Denny's napkin...but that is a story for another day.
Anyhoodle, Hugh's doodle inspired a trip to Home Depot and, next thing you know, we were well on our way to another shady respite from the summer heat...
I love how it turned out and I can't wait to get it decorated and set up for entertaining and relaxing. Before I can do that, Hugh has to finish his next project: the fire pit! He's converting our currently-wood burning pit into one powered by propane. Once that is accomplished, and once we have sanded and stained the furniture that we used to use in the gazebo, I will add cushions, pillows, and other decor items and we will be good to go.
Having a handy husband (and a hardware store) has it's perks!