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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Residential patio heaters, fall and spring in New England or similar climate: your experiences please. [more inside]
posted by acanthous
on Aug 17, 2010 -
Landscape filter. How much prep is absolutely required when building a patio out of pavers? [more inside]
posted by Some1
on Apr 3, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
GardeningFilter: is there an irrigation system that easily waters plants in containers on a patio? [more inside]
posted by quadog
on Jul 12, 2005 -
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 -