Location: Windsor Square — Los Angeles, California
When we first toured our apartment, the patio looked like a prison yard. The paint was dirty and peeling, the floor was inexplicably covered in commercial kitchen mats, and the view was a tangle of power lines looming over the ugly backsides of three neighboring apartment buildings. (And don’t get me started on the flattened toilet boxes one neighbor used for curtains!) But we knew if we could make the space great, we'd have an extra "room" in our apartment that L.A.’s weather would allow us to use year-round.