But they might allow a covered/screened patio. They do allow a sunroom-style covered patio - a nearby neighbor has one!
My wife and I were brainstorming ideas last night, and hit on a possibility: covering our patio and including the observatory in it!
Here's a rough sketch (not to scale!) of one idea.
Assuming our HOA will approve either idea, my biggest concern about such a configuration will be thermals from the roof of the patio. Between a screened and a covered patio, which is the better thermally speaking? Assuming we don't heat or cool the patio, that should be a lesser concern, is that correct?
Any other input into whether this is the best idea since sliced bread, or "worst-idea-what-were-we-smoking"?