The Hocking Hills Observatory
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Construction begins on the porch. The 12x16-foot deck is finished in a week, then rain sets in for the next two weeks and Stuart is also tied up at work. In the meantime, Joe is left alone too long and finds a deal on some commercial picture windows. The wheels begin to whirl! Joe decides to start framing walls and the next thing you know we are building a summer room/den. The den is really laid out – ceiling fan, wall to wall carpeting, compass on the ceiling, air conditioning, and propane gas heat. The exterior is finished in pine logs, tongue & groove barn siding, and trimmed in cedar. It turned out great, but Stuart still wants a screen porch.
Next project? Of course, a 10x16ft. screen porch. This project is Stuart’s baby. With only a rough idea in our mind (don't need no stinkin' plans) we begin another classic "one board at a time" construction project. It took about a month to completely finish the porch. It is really nice; ceiling fan, deck chairs, table... it's the ultimate mosquito trap. Notice how at home Joe looks on the ladder, he should, he spends enough time on it.
We now have the perfect indoor and outdoor sanctuary for smoking good cigars, resolving world issues and discussing astronomy opinions about the universe and beyond. Notice how at home Stuart looks lounging in the den, he should, he spends enough time in it.
We come to the realization that "the shed" has turned into a warm room project gone wild. After much discussion we decide that another expansion is needed; we must build an observatory.
The Think Tank