The view from the driveway - not very appealing.
The stone wall is actually quite charming, but the rest of the structure left a lot to be desired. The purpose of the area is to provide a warm, sunny place to start seedlings and herbs. It was fairly obvious that the whole front portion had to go.
All the old frame and torn plastic was tossed. Repairs to the stone wall were also necessary before new wood could be put in place.
Did I mention this was blackfly season? It had also turned over really hot and humid. Highly unpleasant conditions for a job like this.
New wood on the repaired stone wall. That's not going anywhere!
If you're going to do a job, do it right ... Paul also re-shingled the roof over the lean-to.
Did I mention it was buggy?
New wood goes up.
A good angle to catch the sun.
Thick plastic to protect from the elements. This is a temporary fix, which we plan to replace with something like this: http://www.palram.com/htmls/product.asp
It's strange to feel attached to such a small and insignificant part of the house, but there's just something about this spot that charms me. Maybe it's the worn flagstone step, or the exposed logs, or the wall built from stones gathered from the surrounding land; or maybe it's the thought of growing our own herbs from seed, laid out in rows of terracotta pots, their scent lingering in the afternoon sun.
The dream continues ...