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.