Our patio gets hot. Usually coupled with 15+ mph wind. As our house sits higher than the six, yes SIX, surrounding neighbor's backyards, we simply don't use the patio at all as we feel "exposed" whenever we're out there. I'd like to change that. Last summer I came up with a decent design for a screen wall that will both block most of the sun along with he wind and sightlines. Downside, which I think I've found a way to "soften" is the wall will end up being eight feet tall. From the outside, I fear this will look... intimidating, or at a minimum standoffish. To make the patio usable, I don't feel I really have a choice, though. I'm hoping that the horizontal 2x6 will work to soften the height as it's technically necessary to go taht high for a "ceiling" as a 6 foot wall obviously wouldn't cut it. Also, I got a potentially dangerous email from Monoprice yesterday (@Terronium-12 understands) that they have exterior speakers with a buried sub now. Having heard, what I can only assume was a much more expensive version at a friends lake cabin last summer, I was impressed with how good they sounded. Did some brainstorming and think I have a good chunk of it figured out, including the lighting and controls for it. Not sure how “approved by code” it is, but we’ll worry about that later… Audio Speakers - $230 Speaker wire - $50 Amplifier - $31 9"x5.9"x3.4" Weatherproof box - $19 Lighting Extension cord splitter - $6 Weatherproof switch box - $6 Weatherproof switch - $5 100’ String light - $59 Design Extension cord run from a receptacle to the splitter in weatherproof box, amplifier plugged in to one leg, wiring from other leg to weatherproof switch then to string lights. Speakers placed in two corners of the patio, sub near the house in the other corner. Down side – speaker wire will have to be run from the amp, past both speakers, to sub then from the sub back to the speakers. But I don’t have anywhere else to put either the sub or the amp without it sticking out somewhere. Lighting will tentatively be (5) 20 foot passes of string lights, at the two furthest points of the roof structure then spaced equal distances apart, fanning out slightly. To scale, but not correctly colored: If anyone has any recommendations, I'm all ears!