We always have some sort of project going on here - to keep us out of trouble, you know. Here is our "Two Birds, One Stone Solution Project"! This project started with the aim of minimizing the accumulation of afternoon heat along the west side of the original cabana (bird #1). Over the years we have made several attempts to do this, with limited success. The addition of a partial veranda roof to provide shade helps quite a bit, but is not sufficient and sometimes it seems to act like an oven, trapping heat under the roof. Planting a replacement tree for the big old fig tree that fell down after Hurricane Earl sideswiped us with tropical force winds in 2016 was a great idea that will yield some relief in about 10 more years; the coral bean tree we planted in 2017 is still pretty short! The shade curtain that we hung along the edge of the veranda roof seemed to have helped a bit and yet at times contributed to the oven-effect. We needed a new plan. Dennis found a very tough screening material that filters out something like 90% of UV light. We got a huge roll of 7 foot wide material in white to use in a new design.
|Very durable UV screening material.|
Rather than have it hang straight down like the shade curtain we are replacing, we incorporated the rolling planters (that we have never used to great advantage) as a wall over which to drape and secure the screening material. farther away from the wall of the cabana. The planters had been located on the sunset balcony (located just under the satellite dish in the photo below) and were very much out of sight, out of mind.
|The battery bank is the long white box along the wall of the house. The shed door is at the far end. Take a look at the shadow of the fabric on the veranda floor.|
|You can see the shadow here, too. And you can also see how much room there is for breezes to pass through.|
|After 2 inches of rainfall in less than 2 hours, the plants look great!|
|Ornamental palm seedlings in the black pots on the decking and pots with provision tree seeds on the shelf.|