A quick construction update here. The screening for the veranda has been completed. It joins up with the screened in portion of the old veranda and wraps around to the northeast corner of the addition. Most of the north side of the covered veranda will remain without screen. We like having a mixture of screened in and open areas. What we call the "sunset balcony" on the upper level of the west side has been completed, too. I am in happy anticipation of evening cocktails while sitting on the balcony and watching the sun set over the jungle. Salut!
The sunset balcony has great views over the swamp around Black Creek and the adjacent jungle. Before we venture up the stairs to the next images, queue up the appropriate music from the movie Vertigo by clicking here.
The footprint of the balcony is a roughly 10ft square with a tapered end off the north side of the square.
The views are grand.
The sunset balcony is 22 feet above the ground.
Do you think we need stair rails?
|The north side of addition. The sea is on the left (to the east). This shot was taken while they were putting up the rail on the sunset balcony.
|Stairs from the back veranda up to the balcony.
|Looking toward the tapered end from the top of the stairs.
|Looking toward the top of the stairs from the tapered end.
|Looking south from the top of the stairs, you can see the older cabana with the shade cloth-covered pergola. That 10-yr-old roof doesn't look too bad!
|View to the southwest across the swamp and Black Creek.
|15 steep steps from the balcony to the veranda and then another 16 not-as-steep steps from the veranda to the ground.