Out­door room

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

The dark base helps to ground the dis­play, set­ting up a per­fect back­drop for the green and yel­low plants. Beuer­lein ap­plies the same de­sign prin­ci­ples to these out­side rooms as an in­te­rior de­signer would to an in­te­rior space.

“I al­ways con­sider two ba­sic el­e­ments when de­sign­ing: tex­ture and pro­por­tion,” she ex­plains.

The cus­tomiz­ing comes into ef­fect as she takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the house colour and style, con­tainer colour and style, light ex­po­sure, client pref­er­ences and bud­get as well as main­te­nance re­quire­ments.

Clients of­ten have pre-ex­ist­ing con­tain­ers, win­dow boxes and planters that need to be rein­vented with in­spir­ing cre­ations — a great way to re­use what you have while re­duc­ing costs. Beuer­lein is fre­quently called in af­ter clients have at­tempted to cre­ate planter-style gar­dens on their own. But the DIY ef­forts are miss­ing the ‘wow’ fac­tor.

“The thing peo­ple find most dif­fi­cult is choos­ing plants that work well to­gether,” says Beuer­lein. Just be­cause a plant looks nice next to another plant doesn’t mean it will co­ex­ist well.

Light­ing, soil and wa­ter re­quire­ments must be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion so the end re­sult pro­vides ex­actly the am­bi­ence the client de­sires.

With spec­tac­u­lar planters pro­vid­ing the in­spi­ra­tional de­sign for an out­side room, a trip to Cana­dian Tire pro­vided ad­di­tional cre­ative el­e­ments — while keep­ing to our $1,000 bud­get.

Fire pits and fire bowls are pop­u­lar ac­ces­sories for pa­tios and decks. These units pro­vide the es­thet­ics of a fire along with the func­tion­al­ity of heat.

The Scroll Fire Bowl from Cana­dian Tire is con­structed of solid steel on the in­side, en­veloped out­side with a dec­o­ra­tive scroll de­sign.

At $149.99, this de­sign el­e­ment is worth con­sid­er­ing for any out­door space.

What would an out­door room be with­out fur­ni­ture? Com­fort­able con­ver­sa­tion sets have be­come very pop­u­lar for decks and pa­tios. The Riverview five-piece en­sem­ble is af­ford­ably priced and of­fers a com­fort­able de­sign.

This set in­cludes a loveseat, two arm­chairs and a cof­fee ta­ble for $299.99. With its heavy-duty, pow­der-coated steel frame, the seat­ing area is both at­trac­tive and com­fort­able, with weather-re­sis­tant polyester-cov­ered cush­ions. De­pend­ing on how you wish to use this set, the tem­pered-glass cof­fee ta­ble can be repo­si­tioned as a side ta­ble, al­low­ing the fire bowl to be the cen­tre of the con­ver­sa­tion.

The beauty of an out­door room is the space it pro­vides, but there are times when you’re look­ing for a cosy set­ting. Defin­ing pa­ram­e­ters has ad­van­tages. The Yada Steel Trel­lis Panel Gazebo from Home De­pot ($249) of­fers the best of both worlds for the back­yard.

This three-by-three-me­tre gazebo pro­vides an airy frame that al­lows the re­fresh­ing breeze to cir­cu­late the sit­ting area. Back­yard life isn’t al­ways that idyl­lic, as we all know. Bit­ing in­sects, per­sis­tent rain or in­tense sun are is­sues that in­ter­fere with the en­joy­ment of our out­door space. This gazebo fea­tures net­ting and a wa­ter-re­sis­tant, dou­ble-tiered canopy that will al­low you to stay out­side long af­ter your neigh­bours have run in­side for cover.

For the fi­nal ex­pen­di­ture in our $1,000 bud­get for the out­door room, I rec­om­mend the Melbourne Col­lec­tion of Gazebo Net Lights ($34.99 at Cana­dian Tire). These lights fit any three-by-three-me­tre canopy and pro­vide a starry-night ef­fect in­side your gazebo.

— Can­west News Ser­vice

A gazebo will pro­vide shel­ter from in­tense sun or sur­prise rain show­ers.

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