Before & After: A Outdoor San Francisco Space Gets An Overhaul

published Sep 16, 2014
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(Image credit: Steph Stern)

Steph endured two years of an ugly tarred roof in her rented San Francisco apartment before she realized that rent control meant she might be there awhile. So she committed to making her outdoor space a place she really wanted to be.

(Image credit: Colin Price,)

From Steph:

To create the space, I knew I needed some big pieces to draw attention away from the gray rooftop and dingy storage unit. I love plants, so I started with a few large ones. I wanted the space to be comfortable, pretty, and easy to use (no set up, or dragging cushions outside every time I want to use them). I looked for chairs that would be comfortable as is, and weather resistant. I went with GloDea’s natural lounge chairs ($150 each from Amazon) since they feel like a recliner, but without any cloth parts that might fade or need cleaning. I found solar powered lights at IKEA so that I don’t need to run any electricity to the patio, and strung them up to create a light canopy. It took a process of several months as I slowly added bit by bit, eventually spending about $900. It feels like money well spent every time we lounge in the hammock or keep up our feet with a glass of cold lemonade.

Thank you Steph!