Monday, March 30, 2015

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Rooms



Tour four bold and budget-minded outdoor rooms to find inspiration for your backyard.




1. Eclectic Patio

The combination of new materials with architectural salvage and garage-sale finds creates this truly one-of-a-kind and low-cost patio. The tree-covered area right outside the walkout basement serves as the patio site. The homeowner built a retaining wall and used crushed-limestone fill to level the steeply sloped space.



2. Flair in the Flooring

The flooring is made of salvaged slate tile nestled into pea gravel. A variety of round iron weights -- which the homeowner purchased from a garage sale -- found a place in the flooring as well, breaking up the straight lines of the slate pieces.


3. Distinctive Decor

Miscellaneous freestanding rocks gathered from the homeowner's travels surround the site.  Old galvanized tubs and stainless-steel food-service containers serve as pots. For a traditional touch, the homeowner chose Adirondack chairs.


4. Memorable Memorabilia

The most striking decor elements are the many bowling balls that surround the patio and take on an almost sculptural air.


5. Fire Pit


The homeowner built his own fire pit with concrete culvert spacers -- aka doughnuts -- intended to fill culvert gaps in city sewer systems. Using 2-inch thick spacers, he nestled the first one halfway into pea gravel, then stacked the rest on top. He finished by painting the spacers with a concrete stain to darken and soften their utilitarian look.


6. Affordable Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can easily cost several thousand dollars. By reusing old materials and buying accessories at discount stores, this homeowner created a hardworking outdoor kitchen for a fraction of that cost -- just under $700!



7. Salvaged Materials

A spacious counter for cooking and entertaining -- made of recycled wood and cinder blocks -- cost almost nothing. Originally, the cinder blocks were part of the chimney at the back of the house. Decorative painting gave them a pleasing gray patina.


8. Seamless Space

Vibrant containers and groundcovers dress up the space and visually link the outdoor kitchen with the rest of the garden.


9. Multifunctional Outdoor Room

This outdoor kitchen is a favorite summertime spot, but it's also used for hobbies. The homeowner also uses the counter for potting, arranging flowers, and carving pumpkins.


10. High Style, Low Price

This outdoor room looks expensive. but that's just what the homeowner wants you to think. Inexpensive building materials such as gravel, cinder blocks, and pressure-treated wood form the backbone of the design. Tile backboard and salvaged plywood, stained a soft blue and attached to a custom frame, give the tiny yard privacy.

This post was adapted from http://www.bhg.com



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