One of the things on my creative “to do list” was my daughter’s balcony.
Looking at her plain ordinary balcony brought back memories of the days when I was still a kid watching my dad redesign our patio. He was always doing something new to it. I watched our simple everyday concrete patio turn into a green room with a brick-red painted floor surrounded with latticework which my mother then decorated with greenery, and of course some of her starched doilies. You know those doilies found a way into every room in our house then.
Of course I didn’t want the balcony to mimic my parent’s patio. I was going more for a quiet Zen-garden ambiance. The LA sun would beat down so heavy on that balcony, and I thought privacy was an issue I had to address, as well. Not to mention, the family dogs would also love having a nice place to sunbathe. I thought if I could make it more private, the drapes could be left open more in the day and the night.
So, I went to work. I needed to find a way to cover the cement floor without damaging it, since it was an apartment. Also, anything I put out there had to be temporary so it could be taken apart without damage, should my daughter have to move.
I researched and found all the items I wanted to work with. The total amount came to a little over $260.00 and the total number of hours to do the whole job, including laying out the deck tiles, screen, potting the plants, and placing the river rock was about 3 hours.
My daughter and I shopped for all the materials and flowers and completed the entire redesign on a Sunday afternoon. We found everything at Home Depot and Ikea. We got the screen, dirt, plants, rocks, and containers at Home Depot; at Ikea we picked up the Platta Decking for $34.99/9 pack (we used 2 packs). You can cut the pieces to fit around corners or fit your space.
I didn’t want to go all the way flush to the walls or the edge of the balcony, so instead I used blue river rock to surround the tiles which gave it more of the Zen outdoor garden look I wanted. I used the rock for the difficult areas where the decking tiles could not fit into or where the concrete was not flat enough. I added a string of outdoor mini lights and my daughter added the lanterns. I love how it just opened up the living room and makes the living room and the balcony flow into each other.