After designing and calculating and ordering and measuring and cutting and priming and painting (which all happened over the winter months at the School House Electric Company factory that my husband runs) last Friday evening it was finally time to bring the pieces home and build the shade pavilion* and what better day than the 2nd rainiest day of the year? (almost an inch if rain fell Friday in Portland, breaking our old record for the day and making it the 2nd rainiest day of the year thus far).
The frame went up quickly, thanks to my husband Andrew’s careful calculations and the help of our friend Edik.
Saturday we saw a few sun breaks and we (ok mainly Andrew, with me safely on the ground handing him things) got the rafters up.
Sunday the corrugated metal roofing went on. I tried not to worry while Andrew crawled around on the rafters. It was making me dizzy just watching him; I have a serious fear of heights. Since it rained while the roofing was going on we already have been treated to the "pitter patter" of the rain drops on the roof. LOVE that sound.
And it’s done! Now that we can set back and look at the finished product there are a few things we would do differently, but for a first go at such a project we are both pretty happy with the end result.
Originally Andrew wanted something that was reminiscent of a Park Service building, like you might picnic under at a National Park. I wanted something out of the pages of Dwell magazine. Then during a visit to Cistus nursery last summer we were inspired by their shade/rain structures and their straight forward construction and simple design. This ends up being a little bit of all that mixed up together. Another thing that I really like about the finished pavilion is the way that its height balances the wall of green on the north side (below), now when you are on the patio you feel enclosed on all sides.
There is one thing missing though. Have you already noticed? We need more plants to soften the hard angles! Darn! More plant shopping!
*yes there is a new name…the shade shack is now the shade pavilion. Sometimes I name just doesn’t fit after you see the finished product…and, well, the designer (husband) sort of objected to the word “shack” – although I did enjoy hearing the B-52’s Love Shack in my head every time I said the name.