Thursday, July 5, 2012
YAY!! JUST in time our shade sail has arrived and been installed!
Our house is passive solar. Which means HOT in the summer. We end up having to draw all the blinds and shut windows to keep the heat out. The patio BAKES and holds the heat. Our little table umbrella just wasn't doing it for us and we often would not hang out there if it was really sunny. How sad was that, it is our most lovely summer spot!! For years we discussed a retractable awning. They are EXPENSIVE and would not have covered all that much area as they only extend so far.
Benefit to the retractable? It retracts. And rain doesn't come through it. Instead, we got a shade sail!!! It is mesh so air flows through it, but so does rain. Not a huge deal, but removing the cushions is always a hassle. I may get a cover for the chaise and see if I can just pack them all under that. For now I make two trips to the basement.
However, as much as that is a pain we LOVE our new shade sail. Always anxious about such a thing if we will like it or be disappointed or whatever. So far, I can only say it is PERFECT!!! I was worried it would cut out too much light on a cloudy day from the kitchen, but it doesn't. Yesterday morning we had lots of clouds and plenty of light still in the kitchen. We have SO many southern windows it didn't matter at all.