Tea House of the August Moon

August 17th, 2009 in member junk     
TinTinJunkFan TinTinJunkFan, member
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Shoji panels are lightweight so I used eye hooks to hang them over outdoor roll-up blinds...These shoji panels are covered in a heavier, slightly laminated paper which stands up to the elements--the panels themselves are also protected by the roof overhang.   You can see some of the clay roof tiles are being used as garden edging until further purpose....I put a couple of rounded roof tiles on the upper rafters--You can see them peeking out from the tin roof...  
The skeletal frame shows how simple the basic construction began....some shoji panels without paper are leaning against the fence...
Originally we were going to put the doors on a track so they would slide open but that proved a little too daunting so positioned them as stationary walls on either side of the entrance. 
Inside view: The roll-up blinds create privacy but are not as permanent as walls. They are also semi-transparent and offer ventilation that solid walls would not...Since this side of the tea house is against a fence I hung this shoji panel so it is visible on the inside.  You can see one of the other decorative panels leaning against the door-wall. 
The completed garden hardscape....I placed an outdoor rug and a loveseat inside....now have the perfect hideout for relaxing, reading, dreaming....the family dog thinks the tea house is hers!
Shoji panels are lightweight so I used eye hooks to hang them over outdoor roll-up blinds...These shoji panels are covered in a heavier, slightly laminated paper which stands up to the elements--the panels themselves are also protected by the roof overhang.   You can see some of the clay roof tiles are being used as garden edging until further purpose....I put a couple of rounded roof tiles on the upper rafters--You can see them peeking out from the tin roof...  

Shoji panels are lightweight so I used eye hooks to hang them over outdoor roll-up blinds...These shoji panels are covered in a heavier, slightly laminated paper which stands up to the elements--the panels themselves are also protected by the roof overhang.   You can see some of the clay roof tiles are being used as garden edging until further purpose....I put a couple of rounded roof tiles on the upper rafters--You can see them peeking out from the tin roof...  


When the local Benihana Restaurant was being torn down and rebuilt in a new location, our friend (who also happened to be the manager) told us we could have whatever junk we could carry away....shoji screens,  room dividers,  decorative wall panels,  clay roof tiles,...we had to pass on two beautiful carved doors because they were too huge and too heavy....Always wanted a tea house in the garden, so here was opportunity....the background foliage validates the time it took to complete construction...but finally well worth the sweat equity, even though dear husband likes to remind me that it would have been cheaper to let someone else delight in all the salvage...smile


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, wood, garden, outdoor spaces, tin, oriental, clay tiles

Comments (13)

1DesignChick writes: What a fabulous project! And, wow, your garden has certainly grown! You now have a lovely place to lose yourself in your garden! Janet Posted: 2:09 pm on August 23rd
TinTinJunkFan writes: Thanks for all the comments, need to emphasize this took more than just a few weekends to complete-- it has stayed in the same location where we constructed it-- I just took down the reed fence behind it--and some shrubbery was replanted... Posted: 5:28 pm on August 21st
Humana writes: TinTin I really like that............did you have it moved after the construction?????looks like a different site of your yard after completion.........either way, it is really neat......will show to DH............Cathy Posted: 11:00 am on August 20th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: How amazing is that! Glad all that money was saved using your salvaged items. hehe. Worth every penny spent I bet!
Candy

Posted: 8:59 pm on August 19th
JunkArchitect writes:
What a great place to hangout and have a beer…or tea.

Jim
Posted: 9:44 pm on August 18th
CottageElements writes: Love your wonderful creation. A great place to get away from it all!!

Lani Posted: 3:31 pm on August 18th
shabbychick writes: Oh wow!!! Your garden tea house is amazing - what a great friend to let you in on some awesome salvage materials!

What a dreamy setting - kick off your shoes and relax! I'd love to have a little get-away in my yard too (I'm dreaming of a cute little vintage camper...).

Great job! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 11:01 am on August 18th
Grasshopper22 writes: What a fantastic tea house!!! Well worth all the effort that you and your hubby put into it. Posted: 7:52 am on August 18th
junktiqueboutique writes: This is fantastic. My dog would love it too, especially the
love seat. Posted: 10:02 pm on August 17th
junkermidge writes: What a cool "Big Girl" playhouse you have. So lucky you had a friend with just the stuff you could use. Have fun!
Midge Posted: 8:07 pm on August 17th
LuAnn writes: What an awesome tea house!!! You are very lucky to have such a place to escape to.

LuAnn Posted: 7:48 pm on August 17th
grannijo writes: Wow a tea house in your backyard!!...how lucky you are...enjoy!...love it!...thanks for sharing ..sharon Posted: 7:41 pm on August 17th
RustyDiva writes: Wow ~ very impressed. Great project! Posted: 6:21 pm on August 17th
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