Cre­ate a beau­ti­ful bal­cony re­treat

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

If you live in an ur­ban apart­ment or con­do­minium, warm weather means re­lax­ing on your pa­tio or bal­cony - a small space to en­joy na­ture. Bal­conies don’t have to be bland and bor­ing, but can serve as ad­di­tional en­ter­tain­ing space or a haven to es­cape to. To help cre­ate a beau­ti­ful bal­cony re­treat, con­sider the fol­low­ing tips col­lected by a team with Home De­pot Canada:

In­ves­ti­gate build­ing re­stric­tions. There may be re­stric­tions on how res­i­dents can dec­o­rate or fur­nish their bal­conies, usu­ally in place to main­tain es­thet­ics as well as ad­here to build­ing codes. Be­fore be­gin­ning any bal­cony project, con­sult your su­per­in­ten­dent or condo com­mit­tee for fur­ther de­tails.

Be-deck and be-daz­zle. Con­sider in­stalling dec­o­ra­tive stick tiles or wood deck floor­ing on the bal­cony to cover up the con­crete and cre­ate a more invit­ing space.

A ta­ble built for two. A bistro ta­ble with two chairs is a great way to en­ter­tain on your bal­cony with­out over­crowd­ing the space. Wrought iron or cane fur­ni­ture is a pop­u­lar choice.

Wel­come wicker. Wicker fur­ni­ture has changed a lot in the past few years from the tra­di­tional white that you would find in your grand­mother’s sun­room.

This durable and outdoors-friendly fur­ni­ture ma­te­rial can come in a va­ri­ety of colours, in­clud­ing brick red and cho­co­late brown, and can be ac­com­pa­nied with comfy, durable pil­lows.

Go green. Dec­o­rate your bal­cony with bon­sai, sus­pended bas­kets for trail­ing plants, ter­ra­cotta fig­urines and urns. These small touches can make this space warmer and more in­ti­mate.

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