Monday, March 6, 2006
Room for Improvement: Balcony
Balconies are a bonus in many South Florida homes. But sometimes they're not used to their full potential. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado offers some outdoor advice on how to turn your extra space into a relaxing retreat.
WSVN--On today's Room For Improvement we are working on a balcony makeover. It's a great space to have but it does bring about some challenges privacy being the main one. We're going to tackle that and decorate the space so that basically becomes an extension of the indoor living environment.
Gabby: "This is my balcony."
Martin: "Wow this is a nice space out here."
Gabby: "I don't know what do do."
Martin: "It's pretty empty and obviously you have some privacy issues with your neighbors."
"Exactly that's another thing, I would like to have more privacy. I would like to feel more confortable."
Some plants, furniture and lots of window treatments will help us create that private zen retreat we're looking for.
First step let's assemble all the furniture, luckily we're not working on the hot sun.
And now with the furniture built we can concentrate on the privacy issue. I'm using a really cool cable wire system to suspend some panels.
Now the tip is when you using panels outside, make sure you find them in a really heavy cotton canvas, that way they stand up well against the elements and if they happen to get dirty you can just pop them in the washing machine.
A good way to add some color to a balcony railing is to use this beautiful flower baskets.
Our cozy conversation area is coming together but it's still missing one more thing, a water feature. Let's go get it.
You can shop at a retail store and pay about 3 dollars for this small size river rocks, but if you shop at a home improvement store for the same price you can get a much bigger size, so that's the way to go.
They are filled with sand in the bag so make sure you rinse them really well before putting them inside.
In an outdoor setting candles always add that nice romantic touch but the wind tends to blow them out. But if you use a glass candleholder, they work perfect. Alright it's been a long day but we're done.
This morning we started out with an empty balcony that was not being used to it's full potential. But now with comfortable furniture, whimsical accessories and of course window treatments that create it a cabana feel, it's become a magical retreat all for a budget of less than $924.30"
Gabby: "Wow, oh my god, oh my god. It's beautiful. Oh my god I don't know what to say, I'm shocked."
We started out this morning in daylight and now as you can see the sun has set. But it's the perfect setting to enjoy the magical glow of candles. It's been a long day, my job is done and I'll see you guys next week.
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