Ours is pretty big, and definitely an eyesore -- am I right?! Here is what it looked like "before". We took measurements, and got to work designing something out of materials that we already had on hand.
A Rustic Hideaway for That Ugly Heating/Air Conditioning Unit!
We have a really pretty yard, thanks to lots of hard work from the previous owners. But there is one BIG eyesore they left: the heating/ air conditioning unit! I have seen folks build a few different things to help cover these up, but I am always concerned about doing a full enclosure, even if you leave "air holes". So we opted to create a trellis that just sets in front of the unit, and will not obstruct any air flow. Here's how we did it!
Measure your Unit
Find Your Materials
I had several of these old fence boards that I had taken from the house we rented after our fire (our home burned in 2015 in the CA Valley Fire). They were the perfect length! You could use any old wood, or purchase new wood if needed. We decided to use these boards to make a trellis that would sit inside a big watering trough that we already had on hand, and then plant it with a climbing plant. Thebig cost to this project is the watering trough, but you can often find one second hand on Marketplace or Craig's List.
Prepare the Wood
If you are using old wood, you may need to remove nails. We also cut all of our boards to the right length before we started.
Lay out your Wood
We layed out four vertical boards, and then our first horizontal board on top of those. The wood that we used is very rustic and a bit crooked, so we used a level to lay out the boards as best we could.
Attach Your First Board
Once we had the first board where we wanted it, we screwed it down with wood screws. We used the level to help make it as straight as possible.
Continue Attaching Boards
We kept working down the trellis, using the level as we went. We made sure that there was about one board width in between the boards - you will see why in the next step.
Notice that we left the bottom 2 feet free of boards - this was done because the watering trough would cover this section once attached, and also we did not have enough wood to keep going!
Flip Your Trellis Over & Attach Boards to the Other Side
We then flipped the trellis over and placed a board in each of the empty spaces, screwing it down.
You will end up with something that looks like this.
Attach to Watering Trough
We used sheet metal screws to attach the trellis to the back of the trough. Then we planted it with a Jasmine. I think it is going to smell lovely when it is blooming and the unit is blowing air to spread the scent!
What do you think? Does it look better? I sure think it does. And it does not obstruct the air flow in any way (with at least 15" of space between the trellis and the unit).
If you make one, please share a photo in comments. I would love to see it. And if you liked this project, please give it a "like" and follow me here on Hometalk and also on Instagram and Facebook - @jagcagdesign. Your comments and enjoyment of my posts keep me coming back to share more ideas!
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