Over the next few days we are getting a concrete slab laid just outside our kitchen window. The slab will be 3.3m x 5.6m and will have a freestanding timber pergola built on it.
The area faces North East so receives lots of sun and will be perfect to grow grapevines-providing Summer shade and allowing the Winter Sun to shine throughthe 2.4m x 1.2m kitchen window!
When we built the house we kept in mind passive Solar principles as much as possible and by finishing this project we are providing more food (yay) in a relatively small space and also minimising our heating/cooling bills!
I can imagine sitting under the grape laiden vine on a hot Summer's day with cold beverage in hand and husband flipping the meat on the BBQ! :-) OK, so it will be a couple of years before we have grapes-but a girl needs dreams doesn't she?