Here is our latest adventure in solar gain: patio door!
We hired some help for the rough install:
We then took over with the weather-proofing, entry steps and trim:
Jennifer stained/varnished the entry steps with a mix of supplies left from the prior owners:
Steve used reclaimed boards to create new trim that matches the old trim:
We finished this just in time for winter and bird-feeding season but we are already looking forward to...
...all the time we will be spending next summer having meals, coffee/treats and the like just outside to the south on the edge of our first small prairie planting (seen hear in dormancy but it will be alive with color and life before we know it. Actually, even today, it's still full of life - birds gleaning seeds, beneficial insects over-wintering and many more lives being lived than we even know about).
We like to think that our indoor-only cats get a bit of enjoyment basking in this new sunny spot and observing our feeder birds. Flora can be seen here looking out the left door panel: