A new place to knit

Whew! Sorry for the long lapse in my posts. I'm glad Laura's keeping things interesting with posts about her sweet homesead set-up. I love all the projects they've got going on right now. I don't have much to talk about- all I'm doing is lots of knitting and writing for the book, punctuated by working in my garden and starting too-many seeds. 

Anyway, one of the things I'd like to add to our yard this year is a screen house. A sheltered, bug-free spot, nestled between the trees will allow us to spend more time outdoors and increase the living space of our small house. Our home was built in the early 60's and has a mid-century vibe so I want to build something that matches that aesthetic.

I have a collection of Popular Mechanics books from 1961 that has awesome vintage projects, so that's where I started my search. But there were no screen-houses. So I searched online and discovered that Google books has a ton of vintage Popular Mechanics available to read. I have fond memories of paging through my Pop-Pop's musty collection of the magazines, with big plans for making my own sailboat or tiny camper. 

I found some awesome plans. Here's the first set of plans I found from 1967. 

One of the things I love about these old articles is the hilarious copy- here's part of the intro:

“Like anything, you can have too much togetherness. The time comes when you’d love to have a place remote from the house where you could go to unwind, to get away from the teenage ruckus, to have a few hours of peace and quiet…. A place where you can steal away from air conditioning and enjoy the zephyr breezes of a summer’s night… Build a house like this and we guarantee you’ll have the time of your life.”

and this one from the 50s, which is collapsible and features a canvas roof. 


Finally, there's this tiny one from the 30's, which at 6x8' is really too-small to be practical, but I love the details- the canvas roof that rolls up and the pagoda styling on the fascia boards.

I look forward to checking out these vintage magazines again to find some trellis designs for my garden or maybe some lounge chairs to put in my screen house. If you dig up anything cool, let me know!