Daniel's Shady Street Side Balcony

Small, Cool Outdoors Entry #8

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Name: Daniel M.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 39 square feet

Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: My favorite thing is the fact that I have any outdoor space at all! The flowers are visible through a large window into my living room adding another layer of interest from inside my home. Also, I love garden sculpture. It adds interest to my small outdoor space year round.

Biggest Design Challenge With This Space: My balcony is only 3 feet deep so finding furniture that was large enough to be comfortable yet small enough to fit with leg room was a challenge. I have managed to accommodate seating for two people with careful planning and a lengthy search for furniture that is perfect fit.

Tips for Creating a Great Small Outdoor Space: In Colorado’s dry climate I opted to use clay pots with trays so that any water that drains out can be soaked back into the soil as it dries. As water evaporates from the trays it provides much needed humidity around the plants as well. I coated the inside of the pots with a waterproof sealant used for water gardening to prevent further evaporation through the terracotta pots.

Utilize any available space including vertical space with plant stands or a trellis. I plant climbing plants on a trellis to provide as much greenery as possible in a small space and it provides a bit of separation from the adjacent balcony. I also took advantage of the thick exterior building walls to hang garden tools between the door and screen.

Thanks, Daniel, and good luck!

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