The Living Room
Amazing Small Patio Transformation
Watch how this small inner city patio is transformed into one that is ready for hosting!
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Cheers to small spaces and big personalities! In this clip from “The Living Room,” Barry Du Bois is on mission to help Alex, who lives in a small inner city apartment, revitalize her tiny outdoor patio. Check it out in the clip below to see how they turn this tiny space into an inviting place to entertain!
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This inner courtyard space isn’t much to work with -- it’s even smaller than a parking spot -- but Barry helps maximize it to its full potential. His design includes a compact fold-down bar, which he has Alex assemble herself! The bar is created with cedar and pine, and it’s cut to length before it’s primed with a coat of outdoor paint.
Barry uses a clamp to steady the wood and shows Alex how to drill it together. If you’re ready to take on a DIY project like this one, keep in mind that pre-drilling screw holes will prevent the timber from splitting. Prefer to purchase a similar fold-up table for your space? Check out this one from Amazon.
In addition to the bar, Barry installs a decorative plastic screen that can be dressed with plants. No painting required. We think hanging plants add a ton of beauty to your outdoor space, and this set of 6 from Amazon is simple and sleek. They’ll work with any hanging screen or wire trellis wall.
Barry also finds storage for Alex that can double as seating. This is always a great idea, inside or out, to find a multifunctional piece.
Additionally, by painting the walls with a brightly-colored low-sheen exterior paint, Alex’s space has the illusion that it’s bigger than it is. Take Alex’s story as an example: you can achieve great things in small spaces!