We finally managed to get the clothes line up and ready before the warm weather hit (not that I have anything against hanging laundry out when the weather is bad), and it's been seeing a lot of use, sometimes up to three loads a day when it's hot.
We dithered for a long time about what kind of line we were going to build. The original plan was to have it run off of one of the decks, but with the house being built into the hillside, that idea proved difficult as it inevitably would have been positioned in such a way that my tall husband would have literally been clotheslined every time he walked past it.
Then, I was flipping through one of my mom's gardening magazines this spring and came across the perfect solution: a free standing laundry line with a trellis on either end for growing vining flowers (you can find the plans here). This is another one of those times when delaying the start of a project left time for the perfect solution to present itself.
We don't have the trellises built on the ends yet (all of those bits and pieces really add up), but the clematises that we planted on either end aren't big enough to need support yet anyway.
Finished or not, it's still a huge improvement over last summer's drying rack.