Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Room for Improvement: Spring Patio
Do you love enjoying the outdoors and want to create the perfect patio just in time for summer? Our makeover maestro, turns an empty space into a resort retreat in tonight's Room For Improvement.
WSVN -- If you want to maximize your home's living space, one of the ways to do that is to head outdoors, and that's exactly what we are doing on today's Room for Improvement, as we transform an unused back terrace into a tropical oasis.
Martin: "Room for Improvement."
Jessy: "Hi, Martin. How are you?"
Martin: "Good, Jessy. How are you? Nice to meet you."
Jessy: "Nice to meet you, too."
Martin: "So how would you like the patio to look like at the end?"
Jessy: "Somewhere I can sit and entertain friends and guests and family."
When you are dealing with an empty space, of course we need furniture, so we got that. We need some plants to tie it in with the outdoor space. We got that as well and some decorative elements to make the entire space look beautiful. Got that too, so let's get to work.
Patio furniture has truly come a long way with weather-resistant fabrics and finishes. It gives you the look of an indoor room outdoors.
Martin: "I need an end table. I'll be right back."
I love adding wrought iron elements in an outdoor space because the more it weathers, the better it looks.
All right, so we completed the seating arrangement, and notice how, by angling the furniture, it breaks up the squareness of the space, but, if you look right over here, we still have a lot of empty space to deal with, so I have an idea.
There's nothing like an umbrella to give it an instant resort-like feel.
When decorating outdoor spaces, it's nice to add other elements and accessories that become architectural features in your garden, and, at the same time, they look like pieces of art.
The finishing touch is another plant, but, if you're going to be entertaining outdoors this season, you can actually use the planter and the stand as an ice cooler. Put your ice inside -- minus the plant of course -- and your drinks, and it will really wow your guests.
This morning the patio was not being used to its full potential. By dividing the space into two functional areas, we've now given Jessy and her family a room without walls perfect for entertaining outdoors with style, all for a budget of under $1600.
Martin: "At the count of three I'm going to have you open your eyes. One, two, three. Go ahead and open your eyes."
Jessy: "Ooo! Aye, Martin, this is gorgeous."
Martin: "Isn't it amazing?"
Jessy: "Oh, my God. This is my patio. I can sit down."
Martin: "When's your next barbecue?"
Martin: "Are we invited?"
Jessy: "Yes, definitely."
Martin: "So, enjoy your space. All the viewers out there, thanks for watching again, and I'll see you next time on another edition of..."
Jessy: "...Room for Improvement."
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