Every so often I get home that has a surprise element in it that eventually becomes the selling point that brought the buyer. The garden and the outdoor living room in the Buena Vista project was just one of those. Were just lucky the buyers never saw it before! Funny thing is, none of the crew saw what I saw and assumed I’d want it all torn out…..Day one, they thought I was crazy, but I knew what I had.
I purchased Buena Vista at a probate sale. The home was vacant for years not to mention the differed maintenance was well beyond just a little powder and paint. This house was great. The project was typical, but the garden had the most terrific setting for an outdoor living room. Situated with a northern exposure and looking out to a 1920’s vintage Victorian home next door, the patio had a real wood burning red brick corner fireplace that just knew it wanted to be part of a fantastic outdoor room.
The original patio was a frame for an old tin top. Rusted and in ruin, it had actually protected the beams from years of weather. Once the tin was removed and several coats of paint were splashed on, I covered the top with 2 layers of Sunbrella mesh (Home Depot Garden center). This material is great, because it filers out the bright sunlight while allowing the light in. It created the greatest shade in the yard.
Next I stapled up the same Sunbrella material and cut it into drawback curtains and tied them back with the same material for a great look without enclosing it too much…never had to sew or hem it…just cut!
Themed colored area rug and few quick rough sawn tables and, potted flowers and plants…a lantern, four plastic Adirondack chairs, pillows a candle or two and I had myself an outdoor living room setting. The buyer loved it and the house was sold before I finished it. The entire look was done for under $500…classic DIY!
This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share.