I couldn't find many "before" photos as of course I didn't take any prior to our renovations.
|This photo was taken near year-end in 2017. I wasn't able to precisely replicate the angle for an "after" shot as that Echium in the foreground on the left side of this photo is much larger than it was 2+ years ago.|
When I noticed that the new roofline shades a bigger section of the patio than the old one did, I suggested swapping out the dining table and bench arrangements. In its new spot, the dining table is in full shade before 2pm so it looks as though we may be fine without the cumbersome umbrella or its stand.
|This is the revised layout, photographed in early morning|
|View of the same area from the back. A side benefit of the new arrangement is that the 3 pots of blueberry shrubs behind the bench get more sun.|
|Most visitors automatically seat themselves on the bench or the cushioned chairs. Now there's no furniture between them and the ocean view beyond the garden.|
|They can also see Buddha and his cat|
|Mr. Frog approves|
Here's a wide shot of the area.
|When I viewed this photo, I realized the cushions that belong to the table chairs were missing|
|I dug them out of the linen closet|
|The circle pot was hunted down and replanted last week|
The interior dining room and kitchen spaces now mesh well with the colors used on the back patio. I'd like to say that was the result of careful consideration on my part but it was actually pure serendipity. The throw pillows on the outdoor bench are temporary stand-ins for pillows now on order to replace those I tossed out last year. Now, if I could only find plants to fill in the empty spaces left when that huge trench was dug to replace the corroded gas line last November...
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