Small Spaces – Making Out Door Rooms!

Living in an RV or a tiny house always comes with its challenges, and conquering them becomes a big check mark in the ‘success’ column. Unfortunately, the ‘failure’ column seems to fill more quickly than the other, but with a little determination and a lot of imagination, some of the didn’t works, can be turned into I did its!

One of my many failures is to make my outdoor living space a little more accessible during unfavorable weather. Wind is my biggest nemesis, as there is nothing I can do…..when the awning needs to come down, the awning comes down.

The sun and chilly mornings are the things I have been working on. Keeping the hot noon day sun out without eliminating any breeze is a challenge indeed. Aside from spending hundreds of dollars (not gonna happen) on enclosing our awning room, I have tried and will continue to try to make do with things that may not be as appealing to the eye, but do the job.

Screen u and flag

First up is a flag, (above) which hung from the awning arms has effectively cut down on the sun that heats up mid-day. Second is garage screens, I found some on-line for the low, low price of $14 and decided it might just diffuse enough light to make life on the outside even better. Well, it DOES help, Score! Now if I could just figure out how to keep the rain out, I will be living large.

Rain has been a huge element of distress for my little outdoor room, and I started out with hanging a sheet to block the worst of it. Then my children started calling us “Beverly Hillbillies” and the sheet came down.

My next brilliant idea was to hang a sheet of plastic up! Clear, doesn’t look horrible…..we’ll just call this one, the biggest fail of all. Plastic is not breathable and even the slightest wind pulled it right down. The picture below shows my most dismal failure.

plastic failure

I will keep trying and I WILL find a solution that won’t cost hundreds of dollars, and when I do I will share it with the world. LOL


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