B&G has initiated a Landscaping subcommittee. We will meet Friday Jan 22, 2pm. We need your thoughts and priorities for patio this spring, keeping in mind that this might be a pop-up item for the budget, and not a planned expense.
This is a Dining Committee issue that arose last summer.
We want to be very clear about what needs to be done now, and what needs to be done later. In the long run, the patio needs to be deliberately conceived and designed. However, this meeting is looking at what to recommend for this spring for the page. What we need to do now is to find the best, most flexible, most appropriately styled solution to identified problems. Hence, we need to clearly:
1) identify the immediate problem
2) suggestion solutions for those problems, only
1. What are the priorities for the patio?
What ideas do we have for additional dining space? Tables pack people into groups, and take up a lot of room.
There are 18 small foldable tv tables in the social room closets that could be used. And 5 racks to store them on.
Would small side tables be a better, more physically distant solution? Also foldable, and easily stored. And less disruptive to a comprehensive, considered design.
Eucalyptus side table
By the Yard recyclable, weather durable.
Or should we consider options for the Loggia where there is already shade? Or the Social Room balcony, where there is shade?
What ideas do we have for adding shade to the patio?
One option might be a retractable covering that extends from the conservatory, but there has been concern about not wanting to block light for the plants there, that are selected because they do well in full sun.
Click on underlined items to see samples!!
1. A curtain -- maybe Jerry et. al. could build a curtain holder out of composite materials that would stand up to the elements!!
2. solar sail shade -- a cover that needs 3 or 4 points of attachment to make a ceiling.
3. alternate solar sail shade -- can be angled downward
4. solid frame for curtains -- We build a wooden frame, with feet, to hold curtains using cedar and Home Depot finials and hang curtains on it. It doesn't block the wind, so not as susceptible to being blown down.
5. Use the Loggia benches for those who want shade with small tables. Cork sound baffles on the ceiling? Boston Ivy on a trellis to aid in noise abatement and make the space more inviting.
6. Use the social room balcony for those who want shade, with air intakes as tables, or small tv tables.
7. Strategic placement of new trees to provide shade to patio areas.
Below are additional carpeting brochures and photos for your consideration.
2018 Living Well Brochure
2019 Living Well Brochure
Mpls St Paul Home and Design, Colors of 2021
More collected colors
Rug with very good colors for us (?)
Barbara and Cathy gave the Noursin carpet to a couple of reps to see if they could show us anything similar. Here are the samples they sent us. Click on an image to enlarge it.