I woke up way to early for my liking at 6 am in May of 2010 with a jolt. I was turning something over and over in my mind. A probable solution to a problem that had been on my mind for way too long a time. That thought grew rapidly into a designing frenzy. I had always been somewhat creative, but this was such a huge undertaking. I was both excited and frightened. Mostly excited.
When I had it worked out in my head I went upstairs to find a cardboard box from which I could make a model I would use to convey what I had envisioned.
I cut the top off the box and then cut off one of the sides. I need tape! I ran downstairs as fast as I could, I didn’t want to interrupt the creative flow… where’s the Scotch tape?! **grabs blue painter’s tape….it will just have to do** I ran back upstairs and starting cutting out and taping together: arches, columns, loooong pieces to fashion a roof over the whole structure…my heart beating so fast as I grew more and more excited as I placed and taped the pieces together. I then got out my paints and brushes to further illustrate what I had imagined. I’m not a good painter, but I was trying to paint/create the textures I wanted. (I maintained the whole structure to be stone … stained wood ceilings and gates) I painted as well as I could the colors onto the structure.
I could now exhale as I saw what was in my head starting taking shape. Yes. This is it!
I called husband. “I’ve come up with an idea and a solution for the backyard. This may be overly-ambitious, but the design is doable. Highly. Doable”.
Now, try to imagine how hard it is to describe something like this over the phone to an architect or hardscape/landscape designer. “I suppose you’ll just have to see it. I’ve built a model and I hope you’ll like it as much as I do”.
So Jack the hardscape/landscape architect comes over. We talk about the project and he and I agreed it was doable. Joy! Sheer effing joy! At the end of the meeting of sorts which was held informally in my backyard, he said he was glad I made the model and asked to take a picture of it. “Of course”, I said, thinking to myself that I wish I had done a better job with scale, paint, structure and etc. I just get so excited when I have a creative rush or “high” if you will. Ah well, ’tis what it ’tis.
**The back-story: It had initially started with me wanting to build a brick or stone privacy fence around the sides and the back of our property. The Neighborhood Homeowners Association’s* rules stated that I could only build a fence 6 feet high. Six feet. Pfft!. That’s not privacy!
I thought about looking *and i did casually look for a month or two) for another house in another neighborhood, but I love my house so much. That’s when I started to think outside of the box. *pun intended* What to do? What to effing do?
Related: Never tell a Virgo can’t or won’t…. or even worse….no.
“I I know!” *this was the 6 am-waking-up-too-darn-early-for-my-liking-day*. If they won’t let me build but a six foot fence, then I’ll just built 14 foot walls”. **big. wide. grin.** Now then. How to come up with an effective reason for the walls. *biiiig wide grin* (The structure was to be a three sided covered loggia of sorts which seems to connect …but not really ….to the house on each side by gates.
*Just to be clear, I do support the rules and ideals of the Neighborhood’s Homeowner’s Association. It keeps us from having neighbors with broken-down appliances in their front yard or neighbors who think pink painted houses are a good idea. (I may vom).
Anyway, this is what I came up with. (:^)
Lovingly ~ D
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Lovingly ~~ D