People who live in an apartment may mostly be annoyed by the small patio, since it seems that one can do nothing with such little space. But this guy decided to handle the issue and turned his tiny teeny patio into an awesome place.
Let’s see how he’s done.
This is how the patio looked at first.
It was small and obviously cramped.
“There was a lot of wasted space between the cement slab and fence where I could not put chairs without them falling through the gap.”
“I used Sketchup to make a cement slab and the gaps between the fence using measurements of the slab. I designed my bench so that most of the weight was on the slab, but had a pointed leg that stuck into the ground for extra support.”
Then, he began working on the tiny patio.
Cutting the wood was a little tricky in the space.
“It looks like a garden shed threw up out here.”
He always had supervision when using the power tools.
The main part of the bench.
“I put the legs in position and put the bench down.”
Getting more supplies at the store.
Now, to make the fancy part…
He put cheap sheet wood at the bottom of the water area…
Then sealed it with Great Stuff foam.
“I added water to the liner as I adjusted it so that there were very few creases in the bottom of the liner. I then stapled it into place and cut 2×4′s to frame the edges.”
“I used a small fountain pump and played with different fountain configurations. I wanted to make it look like it was made from garden equipment (planters, etc).”
He experimented with pouring water down into the watering can.
“Getting closer now that I found the gardening can. I drilled a hole into the metal planter and inserted the tube from the pump. I used 2 part epoxy to seal the hole around the tube.”
Then, it was time for a trip to Wal Mart for cushions and plants.
Looking good before the staining!
Final product: The gardening area.
The fountain and planters…
And the whole shebang.
“I found a $7 coffee table and Goodwill. I taped the edges and spray painted chalkboard paint onto the top.”
Adding an ash tray for cigars and a citronella pot…
Enjoying the first night with the new patio.