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Before and After: City Rental Apartment Balcony Transformation

Engineer Your Space
July 9, 2013
last modified: July 9, 2013
I live in a small rental studio apartment in Manhattan and wanted to get the most use out of my small 5ft x 9ft balcony. So I designed and built privacy panels and benches to create a cozy corner booth outdoor dining area that's great for entertaining friends on a hot summer night! Here's a link to the materials, tools and supplies that I used, and I also made a video on how I built everything: http://www.engineeryourspace.com/how-to-create-an-outdoor-balcony-dining-area/

Comments (37)

  • studio10001
    Love the project,love the budget. Well done!
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    Engineer Your Space thanked Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
  • oneofeleven
    Fabulous job!
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  • glitzy
    I'm on my way over...pour me a glass! Fabulous...romantic...awesome!
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  • lkg1984
    Awesome private getaway - the twinkly lights add an air of romance.
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  • Ed
    Nice! :)
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  • indianpatti
    Very creative .... love it!
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  • Brenda
    It's fabulous. wonderful job.
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    Brown Bros. Masonry
    How awesome is this new space! Absolutely stunning. Very inviting!
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  • punini
    Wow, that is awesome!
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  • victorymomma
    Very nice! We have a large patio in our back yard and one side faces up slope into adjoining neighbors and the subsequent neighbors yards, and windows, and I was thinking it would be nice to create a nice privacy barrier this gives me great easy inexpensive ways to do it!
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  • Rich Johnson
    That is incredible. Great job.
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    AdvantageLumber.com
    You did an amazing job!
  • oeohfppe
    Did you have an architect or engineer verify the balcony could hold the extra weight? Really cute! I love being up high, but was fortunate to have privacy. Makes me home sick for my condo!
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    Marcia Crumley Fine Art
    wow, what a transformation!! love the intimacy of this outdoor space!!
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  • Sharon Brooke
    What a great use of space!
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  • jessg1029
    Beautiful
  • bungalowmo
    Totally freakin' cute!!! Great outdoor place to hang out & have some totties!

    Cheers!!
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  • sharon1ha
    WOW, great job and so creative. Love the view at night, what a fun and romantic space to entertain in and enjoy. I am sure you will have many enjoyable times in your new space.
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  • decoenthusiaste
    Only thing that would make it better would be to do it out of free salvaged pallets!
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    Michael Lee, Inc
    Awesome privacy - nice job!
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    Design With Distinction, LLC
    What a great job!!! Congrats on your creativity. Enjoy.
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    Budget Fence and Patio
    Nice little space you have created.Simple sweet and serves the purpose.
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    Shakuff
    Amazing! So cozy!

    When can the Shakuff team come over? ;)
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  • Joanna
    Fantastic job!!!! Super awesome!
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    purehome
    What a wonderful idea! I love that design! So clever!
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    Christmas Lights, Etc

    This is fantastic! Especially love the patio lights finishing touch. Great use of space!

  • vbnet

    Amazing! You deserve and award! Well done.

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    Michelle Yorke Interior Design LLC

    The added privacy is huge!

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    Clear-Vue Glass

    This is a clever use of space and materials.


    Well done.

  • pollopicu

    I effin LOVE this transformation! I'm a born and raised Brooklyn girl, so I understand the need for privacy screen, and maximization of small spaces. I think this is beautifully brilliant. It's also refreshing to see a city-living transformation on Houzz.


  • Kris Barber
    This is the best idea ever and you did a wonderful job. Headed to your link. Thanks

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