This prefabricated, bolt on balcony is a means for apartment dwellers and office building hermits to get a bit of the outdoor experience. The team of New Zealand students who came up with the idea see the space as means togrow food, collect rainwater and manage waste. The project’s leader, Tim Gittos, is realistic about the concept. It’s a great idea, but will someone realize the commercial opportunity of the Plant Room and bring it to fruition? Continue Reading
When I lived in apartments, my wish was to someday have one with a balcony. The thought of having a little outdoor space that I could decorate and festoon with plants proved for hours of DIY daydreaming. As it turned out, my wish to live in an apartment with a balcony never transpired. I also think it’s the reason why when I drive past an apartment building with forlorn and forgotten balconies I get a little miffed. Continue Reading
A while back we had the drawer bedroom, which was spectacular but probably not practical for your average home/condo owner. This drawer balcony, however, is conceivable–in a practical sense and in a pocketbook sense. Called Bloomframe, the prototype was designed by Hofman Dujardin Architects. Below is a video of the balcony in action. Remarkable.
I made this ‘Sham-delier’ to give my balcony a little indoor/outdoor
ooh la la. It was inspired in part by Philippe Starck’s Ghost Chairs, I
love the whole classic shape/modern material juxtaposition. Anyway, if
you want to make your own here’s what you’ll need:
- Two Flexible plastic chopping boards, mine came from the Dollar Store but Ikea does them too.
- Two flameless tea lights, again, Dollar Store finds, but you could try here
- Some decorative scrapbooking chain… yup, it’s from the Dollar Store…
- This PDF template, or you could try your own design.
done my neighbours for making the world a bit better with green. I
suspect the folks who live here are actually elves, as they have been
able to create a lovely green spot for themselves (and us snoopy
neighbours) on their North-facing, 11th floor balcony. Their dash of
green vastly improves what may be the worlds ugliest building.
Electrical tape. My dad firmly believes that electrical tape can be
used to fix anything, from lamps to broken hearts. I’ve used it here to
give my balcony wall a temporary Mondrian kick.
To do this you’ll need:
- A roll or two of electrical tape
- a spirit level
- a few coloured acetate sheets
- a craft knife.
First give the wall a quick swipe with sugar soap or something, as
stickiness and dirt are mortal enemies. Next roughly plot your design
on paper, it doesn’t have to be to scale or anything. Continue Reading
Rental Decorating suggests that having a container garden is actually easier to control than a traditional in-the-ground garden. Plants can be moved if they’re not getting the right sun. Drainage can be altered by putting more hole in containers, watering is more efficient and some common garden pests, like slugs, aren’t even an issue in such gardens. This is all good news for people who don’t have a yard! So, if you live in an apartment or condo with a patio or balcony and a desire for fresh veggies, you might want to peruse these tips for turning the space into ‘A Voluminous Vegetable Garden’. Continue Reading