And voila! I now have shade and a small patio, which Graeme and I created with the leftover Saltillo tiles we got for free last summer. Soon I'll even have a table and chairs to go there; more about that later.
|Grommets are so lovely. The shadecloth is tied with rope to handles on top of the bus.|
|I took what used to be a bench/wood-storage box inside the bus, covered it with last year's shower tarp, and used it to raise and prop the shadecloth a bit, then staked it down. Even with massive windstorms last week, it's held up great!|
It's really amazing the difference having this shade makes. It's even cooler inside the bus now, as the south-facing windows are shaded. And the great thing is that in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is not so scorching, the patio still gets light. It's pretty darn close to perfect, I'd have to say. And the whole project cost under $100.