Now you don’t!
It is hard to find some kind of privacy in the city. Especially when you live in a downtown condominium. If you are on a higher floor, you are looking into the next building (remember ugly naked man from Friends) or if you are on the ground floor like me, everyone is looking down on you.
We were very lucky to get an outside space in a condo, they are a rare commodity, and even luckier to get a ground floor. The condo board planted a tree on our terrace as well as our neighbours, but as they only give you a tiny bit of privacy. Not that we are doing anything on the terrace that requires privacy, lol, but it is still nice to have.
When we came back from England in 2005, I went to Canada Blooms. That year one of the hot items at the show were sailcloths. They are a triangular (sail shaped) cloth that you attach to poles above your head .” Hmmm” I thought, “How could I use these?”
Well time went on, and on, we bought Kilbourne Grove, and nothing happened. But then my sister-in-law gave me one that she had bought and never used, and we started thinking about it again.
The problem with a terrace at a condominium is no permanent structures, so we were not able to build anything to attach it to, at least so we thought.
Obviously, this is the before.
Till I had a brainwave. Why could we not use deck feet, to put up the poles. They are not permanent, sit on the existing cement slabs, and will hold up a pole. So we toddled off to a home supply store and this is what we did….
After clearing the furniture off, we started with a clean slate,
A lovely outdoor area rug was placed on our cement patio first.
Then, the cement deck feet (I do not think that is the technical term for them, but that is what I call them) were placed in each of the four corners.
These are the deck feet, and look, they make a lovely pedestal as well!
A 4 x 4 pressure treated post (that Ian had already attached a copper post cap to) was placed in each deck foot.
Then a 2 x 4 (8 feet long) was attached to each 4 x 4. This gave us a cross beam to tie the sail cloth to.
All the furniture and plants were put back in place.
Looking in the other direction on the terrace.
Once all the furniture was in place, the sail cloth could be tied on.
It looked great and gave us a lot of overhead privacy, but the sail cloth was a bit wider than our terrace. We solved the problem by wrapping it around the crosspieces before tying it, but a 2 x 4 running down the middle, (in maybe one or two spots) would help keep it a bit tighter.
No, that is not me in the mirror, it is my sister in law.
Back to the home supply store we go….