All those patio lovers needed to have somewhere to go during this very long winter.In fact, winter came so early, the patio furniture had to be used inside while we waited for the new tables and chairs to arrive.
Here it is from the outside. The single story portion is the addition.
Weather issues stopped the progress so it will be spring before the balcony is completed. But meanwhile we are moving along inside.
Chairs and tables did arrive.
Light fixtures were hung.
and shades were installed on the windows. But this room was asking for more.
Early on I was planning something special for the long wall you see here.
It needed some pizzazz and I knew the guy who could make it happen.
I had the idea of bringing the patio view indoors. Michael Schmitz put his artistic talent into sketching ideas of how that would look.
The wall measures 8x16 so this was no small canvas. With the help of his mother, Michael snapped grid lines and dove into transferring his creation in a big way.
Once the lighter gray background was in place,
Mike set to work on the figures in the foreground.
I popped in occasionally to document the progress in photos.
Mike alternated between sketching and painting.
Things were coming along.
Each time I stopped in more people had joined the party.
And then it came down to the details and finishing touches.
The mural is complete. Michael has left the building.