Low maintenance ground cover needed. [more inside]
Our large balcony patio is concrete, and I want to put something on it that my babies can crawl on without getting scraped up. I'm looking at outdoor rugs or artificial turf but I'm having a hard time choosing what to get and everything seems to have poor reviews online, and I can't tell how ugly things will be in person. [more inside]
Considering sticking a fire pit directly onto my brick patio. Would disaster ensue? [more inside]
Sam's Club used to sell these umbrella bases in-store. I can't find them anymore. I'd love to know the manufacturer so that I could order ten or twenty (even direct from China). However, I'm not only unable to find these bases in-store, but I can't find anything like them anywhere else. Can a Google or manufacturing super-sleuth help me? [more inside]
This seems easy, but it's not. I've looked all over the internet and cannot find this size. The seat is 22W X 25L and 5D. The back is 22W X 17H X 5D. They are two separate cushions. [more inside]
Living at ground zero of Blizzardville, with 55mph winds predicted, I'm belatedly weatherproofing my drafty patio door (via 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for Patio Door). Question is: do I remove doorknob, or just drape the plastic over it? Aesthetics aren't a huge issue, I don't mind if the plastic shows. [more inside]
I own this small black couch from IKEA. Primary user is my Alaskan Malamute (obligatory pic), who staked his claim on it many moons ago - it's a dog couch now. I'd like to make this couch available to him when he's in the backyard while I'm at work. How do I do this? [more inside]
I have a (potentially) lovely area in my yard where I'd like to put some patio furniture. Problem: it seems to have been used as a midden/trash heap at some point in the past. Things I've found there include old glass fuses, broken window glass, and old vacuum cleaner parts (some with tree roots growing right through them). I suspect the *right* way to fix it is to dig up and replace a few inches of the topsoil (or to pave it over), but I'm renting. I'm willing to put down a few inches of mulch, but I'd like to get as much of the glass up as I can beforehand. I've been picking it up by (gloved) hand but if anyone has any secret tips for locating and picking up broken glass off of dirt, I'd love to hear them!
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]
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]
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?
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]
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?
Is there a financially advantageous way to hire a contractor based on the season? [more inside]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
This patio seems to be calligraphy. I can't read it. [more inside]
I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
What should I do about the gap between my concrete patio and the house? [more inside]
I want to re-paint my friend's concrete patio... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
DIY Advice: paving over wooden decking, can it be done? [more inside]
Weeds vs. brick patio - help! [more inside]
We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help! [more inside]
Residential patio heaters, fall and spring in New England or similar climate: your experiences please. [more inside]
Finding prices for Brown Jordan patio furniture? [more inside]
Landscape filter. How much prep is absolutely required when building a patio out of pavers? [more inside]
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.
How can I build a footpath from a door to the street that's economical and weather-resistant? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs? [more inside]
Please give me advice before I go out and buy patio furniture. [more inside]
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.
Advice on making those insulated plastic patio covers? [more inside]
Where should I look for reasonably priced replacement patio cushions, or even better replacement cushion covers? [more inside]
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]
Is there an IKEA of the patio furniture world? [more inside]
Want to install a cat flap in a sliding glass 'patio' door. Your experiences? [more inside]
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]
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!
Remodel Filter: Looking for scrap granite / mica countertops for some home remodel projects - or how to go about begging for them. [more inside]
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