Post by SpringRain on Feb 19, 2015 12:38:42 GMT -5
I'm not sure this question falls in this category, but I think it's close enough.
Given the extremely cold weather we've had here in Michigan (as I know others elsewhere have had also), I've been wondering what changes I can make when spring and summer arrive to provide more weather protection.
First, my house is old, has insufficient insulation, but even with the (preferred contactor) targeted upgrading assistance by local energy companies, whole house insulation is just not in the budget, especially since I don't plan to stay in this house or in this community on a long term basis. Additionally, this area hasn't recovered to pre-real estate market crash level so I won't be getting as much in a sale as I would had I sold before 2007.
Second, the South side gets the strong predominant Westerly winds. When the winds get frisky during a snow storm or blizzard, several feet of snow end up snuggled against the South wall. Even though that provides some insulation at the base, I'm wondering what I could do to provide more protection up higher, toward the kitchen window, other than build some kind of diverting structure which could block some of the winds and redirect them toward the back yard.
I could put up perennial vines such as clematis, but I'm wondering if the winter winds would destroy them. I think silver lace vine is pretty hardy (and very aggressive), but I don't know if it even retains its leaves over winter.
It would take too long for evergreens or shrubs to grow, although I could try an aggressive grower but work hard to keep it in check.
The West side gets the full-on attack by hostile winter winds, so that's another concern. I've even been thinking of putting up a snow fence, but it would block visibility.
Anyone face similar issues? How did you address and/or resolve them? Any suggestions? I don't want to endure another bitter winter like this one without more protection than I have now.
I should probably add that my lot is 51' wide x 287' deep, with narrow setbacks on the S and N sides. The area by the kitchen that I want to protect is about 3' deep and 5' long. There's not a lot of room for large plants such as the thick evergreens I would love to have.