Friday, April 1, 2016

How to Camouflage an A/C Unit or Generator

I shared with you yesterday the absolutely amazing gift my sweet man bought for my home.  What a wonderful, generous gift I was given!

But let's face it....we all know that I am going to have to camouflage the unit in some way and not have it sitting there screaming at the side of my garden. 

I can't help it. It's just the way I am. 

Yes, I understand practicality, for sure. But I also need things to be aesthetically pleasing. 

So, that leads me to researching how I will camouflage the lovely new generator in my garden. 

Well, I can tell you one thing....

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....it will NOT be this! No way, not happening!

I'm thinking something more rustic, country, cottagy....more like these options:

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Horrible photo, but I love the weathered fence boards, the country plants, and of course the metal star. 

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This one's pretty basic but would work as a backdrop for some plantings....and of course, there could always be some decorative items attached to make it more interesting. 

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Another cute, country look - reminds me of a picket fence. 


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I really like this one with the pickets topped by tiny birdhouses - adorable!

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Another horrible photo but the idea of a basic box with lattice may work - after all, it would tie in with the lattice on my deck railings. 

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I like this idea a lot - I would be able to grow some climbing roses and clematis up the trellises which would make me very happy!




39 comments:

  1. I like the Clover House one and you could hang something on it and plant stuff on and around it.

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    1. Definitely going to be planting some stuff around it! I need to leave room so the guys can come service it yearly so I'll keep that in mind.

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  2. I like the picket fence and the last one (the tall one) with plants climbing on it. Yes, definitely make sure you leave enough room around it for servicing and also ventilation.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie - I think those are my favorites, too!

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  3. I like the Weathered fence boards but not as high. Also the picket fence looking one. But then again I'm thinking Lattice and roses but use brown lattice. Whatever you come up with, Im sure it will look great! You have that eye.
    Lisa

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  4. I like the last one. I must have missed a post. Will go back and look.
    Brenda

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    1. I am definitely partial to that one as well if only so it gives me more space for climbing roses and clematis!

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  5. I am all for hiding those things too. But yet ours is sticking out plain as day. I am going to work on that. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Well, I hope I've given you a few ideas!

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  6. My parents put some nice fencing around theirs along with a gate with plenty of room to get in and do maintenance on it when needed. My hubby is person that has the task of doing some of the maintenance on it so my mother made sure to leave lots of room so he could work comfortably on it. :)

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  7. I have one of those generators, and it gets put into service several days each winter. It is common for us to lose power for 4-5 days at a time each winter here in Western NC. I will tell you the unit gets very hot when it is running for days on end. Be sure you leave a lot of space around it if you are rural, at least three feet on all sides. Or have something that you can remove from around it when it is running. Congrats on the neat gift from a great hubby. It is wonderful to be snowed in, and still be able to sew and have coffee, LOL!

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Carole, I will most definitely remember that when designing the camouflage! Oh, and there won't be much sewing happening around here...I'm all thumbs!

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  8. The picket fence or the last one. Either would suit me just fine. A simple box with lattice might be enough, though.

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    1. Now that my sweetie has seen all my ideas I think we'll come up with something together!

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  9. I really like the lattice box and I also like that last photo. Any of them are great but make sure you allow lots of room for ventilation. They need clear air space around them to run efficiently.
    Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I hope your weekend is peaceful and that John has an easy time of it.

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    1. Thanks, Phylis - that seems to be a favorite of quite a few folks!

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  12. LOL, the first one reminds the cell phone tower "trees". I think I like the lattice box best. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I know exactly what you're talking about - we call them 'Robo Trees' and there's one on the very top of the mountain here - I hate it but we do get great cell service, ha ha!!

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  13. NanaDiana said my thoughts already make sure to not block any airflow. So with that said in my humble opinion I would ask the company how much air/ventilation space it needed and set my fence at that distance then plant away and check every couple of weeks or so to make sure nothing has started to grow in the "buffer zone". I would also allow space for repairs etc you know big enough space for a big grown man to access if from all sides. But thats just me....LOL

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    1. Good idea, Robyn - I think you're right!

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  14. I like the last one, and that would work great for hiding our propane tank!

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    1. I have TWO giant propane tanks I'd like to hide! And they aren't even together but one at the side of the house and one at the back - eek!

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  15. You received an incredible gift this week! First off...I would put a giant red ribbon on it...and leave it for a couple of weeks! Then, I'd choose the lattice...or the picket fence...with lots of plants! Have fun deciding! ;)

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    1. You are so right, Donnamae, and I am truly blessed for certain!

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  16. I like them all, but the birdhouses are spectacular!

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    1. I'm kind of partial to that one myself!! :)

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  17. Dear Mountain Mama:
    Now isn't that great - I love the birdhouse fence the best. Great ideas here. Thanks for sharing and linking!

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  18. Such a clever idea and all the designs are so inspiring - loved this and this post is featured today on my blog!

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    1. You are so sweet, Bernideen!! Thanks a million for the feature!

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  19. As pretty as your garden is, you could make any one of them work. I do love the little bird house pickets though..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. I love the little bird house pickets myself...country cottage cute!!

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  20. Darling ideas! I love the elegant trellis most of all, and the birdhouse picket is so charming!

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    1. How do I choose just one? I think I will figure it out as the season progresses!

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