Monday, September 24, 2012

Learning to use my inside voice

We love living down here by the marsh (my seafaring wife will say that we live by the ocean).
Living by any water does come with its compromises of course. Insects being one of them.

So in order to enjoy our outdoor space to its fullest - we added a screened porch to the back of house this past summer. Some of the best remodeling dollars we have spent so far. We live in this room.

When I last blogged about the screen porch we weren't quite finished.
We are now...

Patio is done, gardens are in and the driveway is paved.

grass filling in now in bare spots (fall is for SEEDING!)

The screen porch is attached to my creative wife's studio.
the glass studio

and offers easy access to the house.
mudroom up two steps
whats not to love?

Well... notice in the first photo the proximity of the house next door.
Helen lives there. We adore her.
She raised 7 children in that little cape. She is near 90 now and she is the most delightful person. Petite, always dressed impeccably. She still drives - but only to the grocery store and to church on Sundays.
With all the time we spend on the screen porch we do try to be respectful of dear Helen.

At least when I remember to.
There we were one Thursday evening (a school nite) entertaining a dear friend, couple (few) glasses of wine, lit some candles and started to banter and tell stories.
Funny (hilarious) stories.

Well, weese loves to tell a story.
Sometimes weese even gets a little ...animated..when telling a story.
Sometimes the excitement of said story causes weese to talk a little more LOUDLY than weese realizes.

Helen (the school teacher)- flashes her garage light. Just twice, quick.
Got it.
Inside voice please weese.

Not to worry tho - my clever little wife came up with a smashing idea...
(potterybrn - outdoor curtains. i hung them on galvanized pipe - they help deaden the sound)
 and our latest addition (thanks Ferris) for chilly mornings.
space heater - (center above back wall)

 Next update for this room is clear plastic panels to winterize. I'll add pics when I install them for the season.


Gary Tenk Construction said...

The idea shows real promise! Although, if spirits get the better of us, will we see Helen's light flicker warning?

maxine said...

Can't. Wait. To. See. It.

Ann said...

It's looking lovely!

Val said...

Very nice...

treppenwitz said...

Lose the wall mounted space heater. We had one exactly like it and it nearly started a fire (the wall behind and above it was scorched).

You'll be better off with a floor model that has a blower. Not only can you position it where it is needed, but since heat rises, you will actually feel some of it before it goes up and out of your screened room.

Don't thank me... I'm a giver. :-)