a trip back to the 70’s…

No I still don’t have a new deck… but yes I am amusing myself (somewhat) with old school designs as I sit and wait and wait and wait for the contractor to show up… doo do doo do doooo… that’s me NOT so patiently waiting!

I bought a couple of books on ebay that have various designs for patio roofing options, sixties and seventies style of course. We decided to incorporate a shaded area on the deck (12 x 10 roughly) to give us some shade from the blistering full sun the new deck will receive. Loving these ideas.

you can see where I’m going with this right? The idea would be to then grow some beautiful climbing vines to give more shade. Below is the planned new deck extension as original posted here.


The X marks the shaded area.

Thoughts anyone?


  1. Lee
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi T, in our new passive solar barn design we are going to use a grape arbour to shade our North facing deck in the summer – the advantage being that in the winter when the grapes are pruned right back you get full sun. And in the summer you get to sit under and eat the grapes as they ripen…

  2. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    i was also thinking grapes… but might go for a fast growing ivy instead.. shade area is about 12 x 10 and will about 16 ft high from ground…well that is, if it ever gets built!

  3. rosie
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I love wisteria and it is pretty fast growing.

  4. Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Not sure about your climate there, but I grew up in an old house covered with bougainvillea so I’ve always had a soft spot for that – but we are a bit more tropical on this side of the world šŸ˜‰

    Wisteria and grapes sound lovely! Very lush in the summer months. Am loving the 70s design on those, nice.

  5. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I am going to check the zone for bougainvillea, we are in Zone 5 here.

  6. jill
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Is that circular area a hot tub?? hope so! love the 70’s patio ideas. Will you try any of those posted?

  7. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Hi jilly, yes the circle is for a cedar barrel hot tub which actually arrives today!
    I am thinking of getting a simple wooden frame structure built with slatted roof and then grow most likely wisteria up through the structure for shade.

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