5.08.2011

an urban patio plan

(UPDATE: the finished urban patio is unveiled here.)

some friends recently bought a vintage condo that faces one of chicago's famed boulevards.  one of the best aspects of the condo is the wonderful covered and semi-private patio that leads off their bedroom.  other than the handsome reddish purple brick, there's not much to see out there right now.

a.   the view of the patio from inside
b.   standing in the patio doorway looking north onto the tree-lined boulevard
c.   standing in the doorway looking left (west)
d.  standing in the doorway looking right (southeast) towards the bedroom window and towards the fence that divides the patio from the neighbor's half
e.   looking back at the doorway from the bedroom

the space has lain dormant for the winter but now it's ready for some action as it warms up!  the couple are newly parents and both are hard-working school teachers, so when school lets out for the summer, they look forward to some serious chillin' with each other and their baby.  to help them fully enjoy chicago's best season, i've created this mood board to demonstrate how a mix of textures, colors and patterns in durable outdoor-ready materials will make for a cheery, comfortable and functional outdoor room.
 
#1 & #2 diy benches modified from ana white's simple outdoor bench plan, stained in a dark chocolate - topped with crib mattresses (27" x 52") from ikea.
#3  dark brown outdoor fabric to cover the crib mattresses combined with bold graphic fabrics for loose pillows and dining chair cushions.
# 4   urban chairs in white from ikea (the couple already owns these).
#5   motel dining table in enameled white from crate & barrel.
#6   casbah outdoor recycled polypropylene rug from cb2.
#7   pedestal side tables in enameled peacock from crate & barrel.
#8  frosted 1.5" globe string lights.
and now here's how it all will lay out in the space.

#1 & #2 diy benches modified from ana white's simple outdoor bench plan, stained in a dark chocolate - topped with crib mattresses (27" x 52") from ikea.  these will be arranged in an l-shape to create sectional-style seating
#3  dark brown outdoor fabric to cover the crib mattresses along with bold graphic fabrics for loose pillows
# 4   urban chairs in white from ikea (the couple already owns these)
#5   motel dining table in enameled white from crate & barrel
#6   casbah outdoor recycled polypropylene rug from cb2
#7   pedestal side tables in enameled peacock from crate & barrel
for max relaxin' possibilities, two modified crib mattress-topped benches will be arranged perpendicularly to each other to create an l-shaped seating area tossed with plenty of pillows.  two small low tables add a pop of color and spots for books and drinks.  for meals al fresco, the dining table will seat three when placed in the corner, but could easily fit more when pulled out towards the middle of the space.  

and here's a cost breakdown of the whole project, not including labor.

the finished space might look something like this (pardon the limitations of the computer software's furniture designs)...

from inside their bedroom, looking out to the new space
view from the doorway
impossible viewpoint as you'd be floating mid-air to ever see it from this angle, but a good overall picture
another impossible view point, but again it helps give a sense of the overall space

as this is an outdoor space, i'd naturally add potted plants and/or long rectangular boxes along the wide wall caps, particularly on the west facing wall to further lend visual interest and privacy to the space.

selfishly, i hope that, if for no other reason, they go for the plan so that i myself can lounge in style all summer long, as i have no patio or outdoor space of my own.  (crossing my fingers!)
p.s. happy first mother's day, kwk! 

5 comments:

  1. I lOVE it! This is the best mother's day present ever. Next weekend will be spent getting out butts into action (Seth and Moses are at CB2 right now). - Kate

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  2. The people living here couldn’t possibly be as cool as this patio...could they??

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  3. Delicious!

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  4. Oh, that deelish comment was from me, aka Maud.

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