Mother Earth Living

Your Natural Home

Creating a cozy hearth for the family

Dreams of a Backyard Bedroom

6/10/2011 2:42:53 PM

Tags: a green home, jaci kennison, backyard bedroom, outdoor living, outdoor rooms

Jaci KennisonJaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating.  

While wandering around the world wide web looking for inspiration, I landed upon a short article about personal cooling. The author suggested purchasing a small but incredibly efficient fan and employing a specially designed towel or bandanna soaked in water to bring down the body temperature. I liked the idea but was frustrated by a few of the comments posted. It seems readers from the southern United States and other particularly warm climates around the world were not convinced this kind of cooling system worked well. Additionally, there were complaints about the discomfort of sleeping in very warm regions—and bedrooms.

In part, my frustration comes from a long desire for an outdoor bedroom, and I believe that if I lived in a climate so warm that overnight temperatures remained above 80 degrees, I would tear down ALL the walls in my home and replace them with mosquito netting. In lieu of that reality, I have planned on sleeping outdoors every night all summer for so long I can hardly remember from where the idea first sprang. Some kind of camping experience I'm sure. In any case, I thought I would share my plans with you and someday, when I have the home I dream of, I will have the backyard bedroom I have dreamed of for so long.

Outdoor Living Space 

My plan is to create a room with open-beam type construction. A simple platform with four corners made of tree trunks and some large, heavy branches lain across the top to create a sort of "roof," raised to a gentle peak with a low-slung center beam. I would build an outdoor fireplace from stone or brick and position it at the foot of the bed. In my case, I would leave both sides open and utilize the other side for cooking and turn my bedroom into a sitting area when entertaining. Of course, you would want to make it possible to close either side for maximum efficiency. All four sides would be dressed with mosquito netting gathered in the center of the roof and pulled open to cover the entire ceiling and sides. I would hang candles in jars from the heavy branches and plant short trees around any sides that may not offer the privacy I would want in my bedroom.

This, obviously, is a rather elaborate project, and still very much in the dreaming phases for me. However, in looking around for materials ideas, I did find another version that would be quite simple. If you are blessed enough to have a large tree in your yard, simply build a platform to keep the bed six inches or more off the ground and hang mosquito netting from a low branch in your tree. Drape around the edges of the platform and you have a simple, beautiful outdoor bedroom where you will never feel the need to turn on the A/C. 



Related Content

Herbal Crafts for Kids: Creamsicle Lip Balm

Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.

Gardening with Children in the Summertime

What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marg...

Dog Days

We just sent the September/October issue off to the printer, so we’re complete with bathrooms and ha...

The Herbal Artist: Every Herbalist Should Have a Backyard Beehive

Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herb...

Content Tools
RSS




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.