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The Great Outdoors: Furniture Edition

Never-ending winter be damned! I want to think about outdoor furniture, but I'm basically clueless. What holds up well? Dining set-up or lounge? Specific recommendations appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Mar 23, 2014 - 9 answers

 

3 season vs 4 season?

We're looking at adding to our crappy 1980s colonial a room off the kitchen where the sliders are. We have a large deck back there and could keep part of the deck while adding a 3 season (or patio room) off the back. Our house faces east with the rear of the house getting the sun in the afternoon - but only for a little bit since we have a hill directly behind the deck. I'm wondering what others have done? We are torn between making it a 4 season room simply to be able to use in the winter. However I like the openess of a 3 season room and really want to avoid in our area having the 4 season room count against us in property assessment. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Jul 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Is "polywood" (recycled plastic) patio furniture worth the investment?

We are getting a new patio soon (woo hoo) and are looking at furniture. We are in favor of using recycled materials, and we are not good at staining/storing our outdoor stuff. Someone told us about polywood (which is made from old milk jugs?) and it looks pretty sharp. All of the polywood sales sites promise 20-year or longer warranties, say that no maintenance is required, and promise that the stuff is basically weatherproof. But I'm skeptical. So, does anyone have polywood furniture? Does it perform as advertised? Is it comfy? Does it look nice? Are there any brands that are clearly better than others?
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 21, 2013 - 5 answers

What are some good outdoor cafés in Toronto?

I'm looking for a place where I can grab a coffee and read a book preferably outside. I live in the St. Lawrence Market area of the city, so someplace around there would be preferred. [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Patio furniture durability

We are considering the purchase of a set of patio furniture made of "all weather resin wicker" aka "PE Wicker". The stuff is pricey and I have concerns as to it's durability. Do you own outdoor furniture made from this product? How long have you had it? Has it held up well? Would you buy it again? Any tips as to upkeep/maintenance?
posted by Mr.Me on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

When is the best time to hire a certain kind of contractor?

Is there a financially advantageous way to hire a contractor based on the season? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on May 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Leaving patio furniture outside all year long?

How well would a table and chairs like this last if left outdoors year round on an uncovered balcony? I wouldn't be able to bring the chairs indoors as they don't fold or disassemble. Info from IKEA: "Require no maintenance. Polystyrene slats are weather-resistant and easy to care for. Rustproof aluminum frame is both sturdy and lightweight." Would I be better off with a metal table and chairs? Or something else? Recommendations...? Any apartment dwellers have insight to share? Oh, and in case you have any better recommendations, the MAXIMUM width for a table would be 25 inches. My balcony is really narrow and I have no indoor storage.
posted by 2oh1 on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Help Me Find the Perfect Bistro Set!

We've just moved into a cute rental house in Hillcrest, San Diego and our front patio is absolutely begging for a cute little bistro table and chairs. I'm looking for suggestions with a budget of no more than $150 and we're perfectly willing to use Craigslist or eBay. My question is, what colors would go best with the current paint scheme? My instinct is that black would probably work, but it seems like we could do better. Here is the house. The planters can be moved or removed entirely.
posted by Awakened on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

NYC Mefites: Coop owners with experience adding outdoor space?

We own a coop apartment with unused space adjoining the unit which we'd like to try to purchase and combine with our unit as a patio. Looking for advice from anyone who has been down a similar road before to help us get our head around the process (convincing the board, establishing a fair valuation, navigating DOB/Landmarks, financing), pitfalls to watch out for, etc. [more inside]
posted by Zippity Goombah on Jan 17, 2013 - 0 answers

Where do I find reasonably-priced patio stone?

What's the best way to install a patio on the cheap? I've been checking out big box stores, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm in Southwest Louisiana. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Help us furnish our indoor-outdoor space!

My partner and I are considering an apartment that has a private patio that's as large as a room. We'll be furnishing the new place mostly from scratch and would love to get living room furniture and dining set that work equally well on the patio or indoors so we can switch things up a lot. Can you help us find the perfect stuff? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Oct 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Calligraphy in my yard, perhaps.

This patio seems to be calligraphy. I can't read it. [more inside]
posted by ptm on Aug 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Gardening novice needs some help!

I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm lazy and have no real yard. Do I still get to compost my kitchen scraps?

Are there any truly low maintenance, foolproof systems for low volume patio composting? And is it worth doing, if all I have is a patio where I can have potted plants of any size, but no yard to plant stuff in? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jun 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me keep my cool in Texas!

Can anybody recommend a reputable contractor that can build an attached pergola/arbor or patio cover at my home in the DFW area? I've had a few come out that I found online and none seemed particularly trustworthy. Thank you.
posted by punkfloyd on Apr 25, 2012 - 2 answers

How can we measure sun and plant a garden in our urban patio?

What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 31, 2012 - 14 answers

What should I do about the gap between my house and the patio?

What should I do about the gap between my concrete patio and the house? [more inside]
posted by johnxlibris on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Advice on painting a concrete patio.

I want to re-paint my friend's concrete patio... [more inside]
posted by efalk on Feb 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Pimp My Roof

My new apartment has an accessible roof with an awesome view, and this summer I would like it to be an Awesome Party Spot. At the moment it is completely bare. What makes YOUR roof great? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Feb 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Need suggestions on replacing a wood patio deck.

I have a 7' x 10' concrete slab patio. It currently has wooden deck tiles on top, but they are falling apart and need replacing. What is the best, inexpensive replacement option? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Oct 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Quick! Outdoor NYC spot for beer

It is a beautiful post-hurricane day here in NYC. I would like to celebrate not flooding by getting a beer and drinking it outdoors. Quick, recommend me a bar in the next hour or so! [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner on Aug 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I fix my patio deck?

DIY Advice: paving over wooden decking, can it be done? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Nov 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Weeds vs. brick patio vs. barely competent yard owner

Weeds vs. brick patio - help! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Buzz buzz, your blood is delicious!

We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Patio Heaters for Cooler Climates

Residential patio heaters, fall and spring in New England or similar climate: your experiences please. [more inside]
posted by acanthous on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Brown Jordan patio furniture prices?

Finding prices for Brown Jordan patio furniture? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Apr 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Patio on the cheap?

Landscape filter. How much prep is absolutely required when building a patio out of pavers? [more inside]
posted by Some1 on Apr 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration?

Spring is right around the corner, and we're starting to plan our Backyard Project™. Is there an Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration? Looking for lots of photos and write-ups about things like brick patios, decks, gardens, water features, etc.
posted by wordsmith on Feb 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Help us build a foot path.

How can I build a footpath from a door to the street that's economical and weather-resistant? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Rain ruined my patio!

DIY-Disaster Filter: I sealed my new (expensive) concrete patio with water based sealant. Followed the directions by cleaning it the day prior and waiting 24 hours for it to dry completely. Just as I was finishing my first coat it started to rain unexpectedly. Help me fix it! [more inside]
posted by shew on Oct 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Wood deck vs. stone patio

I'm going to build a deck or patio in my backyard, but I'm trying to make the final decision between poured/stamped concrete, stone pavers, or a standard wood deck... [more inside]
posted by colemanm on Aug 4, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs?

How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs? [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Apr 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Patio furniture advice?

Please give me advice before I go out and buy patio furniture. [more inside]
posted by boots77 on Apr 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Enlighten my patio.

Does this lamp exist? I need a motion-activated flood/security light for the fenced patio right outside my bedroom, but I also want it to stay dimly lit during the remainder of the night and turn itself off in the morning. It needs to be weatherproof, and ugly is okay.
posted by halogen on Mar 11, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I make those insulated patio covers?

Advice on making those insulated plastic patio covers? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Jan 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Where can I buy patio cushion covers?

Where should I look for reasonably priced replacement patio cushions, or even better replacement cushion covers? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Oct 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Window or portable AC in a glass door?

How can I install a window air conditioner in a patio door? Are there special things I can buy to seal the top portion, or will I need to assemble something on my own? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish on Apr 12, 2008 - 10 answers

Is there an IKEA of the patio furniture world?

Is there an IKEA of the patio furniture world? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Sliding glass "cat-io" door?

Want to install a cat flap in a sliding glass 'patio' door. Your experiences? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Oct 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me get to the garden! How can I unlock the patio doors?

In our new house, I can't work out how to get out of the double glazed sliding patio doors. They are locked, and I think I have the key (well, I have a key), but they just won't open. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by handee on Aug 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Recommendations for Futon for Outside?

Recommendations for futon for backyard? We want to be able to sleep outside during the summer, and fold it into a couch otherwise. Can't seem to find something that seems durable for outside (Southern California), both in terms of the frame and the cushion/mattress. Thanks!
posted by krudiger on Jun 8, 2007 - 2 answers

Remodeling on a budget - scrap counters?

Remodel Filter: Looking for scrap granite / mica countertops for some home remodel projects - or how to go about begging for them. [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 on Jan 19, 2007 - 8 answers

a nice, relaxed outdoor restaurant in toronto?

toronto dining: a friend of mine is leaving toronto for a job in spain and is getting some friends together for dinner. she's looking for a nice restaurant, not terrifically expensive since everyone's a student, ideally a mellow sort of place with a patio or outdoors seating, and by the lake or at least with a nice view. or at least somewhere with that kind of casual summery atmosphere. got any suggestions?
posted by sergeant sandwich on Aug 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Cool Shade

The deck / patio on my mother's house is completely exposed to the sun and umbrellas haven't been working as shade providers. The wind breaks them. Or they provide insufficient shading. Besides building a roof over the deck, what else can we try to turn her deck into a nicely shaded space?
posted by Aghast. on May 28, 2006 - 18 answers

Eco-Friendly patio furniture on a budget?

In search of eco-friendly patio furniture. We'd like to get a nice table and four chairs for the pending badass wooden deck in the backyard. Budget would be somewhere in the vicinity of $150-$250. Are we delusional?
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 30, 2006 - 13 answers

Calculating square footage for a patio project

I'm working on a patio project at home, and I'm trying to calculate the square footage of an area that's in the shape of an irregular pentagram. It's about 19ft 6 inches long at it's base, and then has measurements of 70", 93", 43", and 16ft (192in). Is there a utility online I can use to calculate this area, or possibly a feature in Visio that I can use to do this with? Many thanks in advance for any time you take to post.
posted by DCTapeworm on Sep 1, 2005 - 4 answers

Is there an irrigation system that easily water plants on a patio?

GardeningFilter: is there an irrigation system that easily waters plants in containers on a patio? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Jul 12, 2005 - 8 answers

Window boxes & Patio gardens

I'm moving into a new apartment in Chicago on June 1st, and I'm hoping to be able to have window boxes. There's also a ground-floor patio (shared with one other person), and I'm thinking of starting some container-type gardening. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by bibbit on May 9, 2005 - 4 answers

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