Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Room for Improvement: Exciting Entryway
Beautiful bedrooms, Creative kitchens...Our makeover maestro has just about done it all. But tonight, a different kind of challenge: How to wow guests over right when they enter your house. Here's Martin Amado with Room for Improvement.
WSVN -- You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And, when it comes to decorating your home, it begins from the moment your guests walk up to your door. So, on today's room for improvement, we're rolling out the welcome mat and giving this front entrance some much needed curb appeal. Let's meet our homeowner.
Martin: "Room For Improvement. Hey Jack how are you. Good to see you, so what's that special occasion you're celebrating next month."
Jack: "My wife's pregnant and we're going to have a baby shower."
Martin: "Wow, Your first?"
Jack: "Yes. Our first."
Martin: "Now the key to this makeover is to not only bring in some plants, but we're treating this outdoor space like any other room for that matter. By bringing in furnishings and accessories, we're going to give it that welcome home touch. But first stop, lets work on that planting bed."
Martin: "Alright Jack, the first thing we've got to do is get rid of all this grass so we can start with a clean slate."
Martin: "The next step after removing the grass and laying down the weed blocker is to position the plants for a dry fit. That way we know where we actually want them before we dig up the holes."
DECO DESIGN TIP OF THE DAY:
"Before planting, make sure you break up the root ball. That ensures it grows into it's new home more quickly."
Martin: "Ponds are always a great addition to any garden. They offer relaxing sounds and a focal point to your landscaping."
Martin: "First, dig a hole that fits the size of your liner. Next slip your liner in the hole so it fits snugly into the ground. Finally, line the edge with paves to give it that finishing touch."
Martin: "Now that we're done with the planting area, let's concentrate on this part which is the front entrance of course. We have a lot of concrete. Not only on the walls but on the floors. So we have to come up with a solution."
Martin: "The solution. We're adding trellises to the wall. Plus a vine, which will eventually grow up it and soften the wall."
Martin: "Although we have a cozy seating area, we can't forget about comfort. So don't be afraid to use toss pillows outside. Simply treat them with some fabric protector."
Martin: "Ok Jack, we're done. How you feeling."
Martin: "You're tired ok. You do the honors, the last bit the welcome sign. And, now we just wait for your wife to come home."
Martin: "Well with some planting, digging and decorating we've turned a planting bed into a small wonder and a plain entrance way into a charming space that welcomes you home. All for under $600 dollars."
Jack: "Jack bring her on in so she can see all your work."
Mom: "Oh my god, it looks so nice."
Martin: Jack was a big help, and this is a memento for being on the segment. But, I think jack deserves it for all of his hard work today."
Martin: "Sprucing up your entranceway can be one of the most gratifying projects you can take on. Not only will you enjoy it every time you come in and out of your home, but your entire neighborhood will as well. So until next week when we head back inside for another room for improvement."
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