Monday, August 22, 2005
Room for Improvement: Porch
Redesigning your home requires plenty of risk taking. But when our makeover maestro says think outside the box, he literally means outside. In tonight's Room for Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how to extend our living space into the great outdoors.
WSVN--On today's Room for Improvement, we're taking a seldom-used back patio and getting ready for a big birthday bash next week. The thing is, the patio makeover will actually be the birthday gift. As we surprise the homeowner's husband at the end of the day.
Martin Amado:"Room for Improvement."
Ivette: "OK, So this is the patio.
Martin Amado: "Wow, there's so much furniture in here."
Martin Amado: "So why did you want to surprise Santi with this patio makeover as a birthday gift for him?"
Ivette: "He likes to sit out here, but since it's all a mess he really doesn't find it comfortable to sit on. So I want to see what we can do."
Martin Amado:"Now the number one thing this patio needs is furniture, Ivette. So all of this has got to go."
Martin Amado: "Since the makeover is a surprise, we had to store the new patio set across the street at the neighbors house, so let's go get it."
When you have a long patio like this, the best thing to do is cut it into three areas. We're going to have a dining set on that side and a barbecue station right over here. And a cozy seating arrangement on this side as well. These PVC blinds are perfect for outdoor use. They kind of dress up the screens a little bit and at the same time, help to block out the sun.
Martin Amado: "Now let's go ahead and put the table in the center."
Live plants really make a patio come alive. So don't be afraid to use them if you don't have a green thumb. If they die through no fault of yours, just go ahead and take them back to the home improvement stores. They offer a one year guarantee.
Martin Amado: "All right guys, cheers, So what do you think of the patio."
Ivette: "Beautiful. Beautiful."
Martin Amado: "There was not much eye candy when we found this patio. It was filled withmismatched furniture and was not very inviting. But how quickly things change in one day. It's now defined by conversation areas just waiting for the party to get started. Less than $1,500 made it possible."
Martin Amado: "SURPRISE What do you think of your brand new patio?"
Santi: "Wow Gorgeous. It's beautiful. Oh my God."
Martin Amado: "In many cases patio's are always in view from the inside of your home. So you want it to be as attractive as possible. Now once you create that tropical escape you will find that it will extend your home's living space. Until next week."
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