Monday, 3 August 2009

Answer to Sravi's Question.....

Sravi from This blog does not have a title as the author's not witty enough to think of a good one. has a question for me.....

Sravi's Question: I have an open terrace in my house..as you do.. and some greenry! I wanted to get some garden furniture,which i can place in there...all that i have found in chennai are some metal/steel ones.. which i feel will get hot and hence cannot be used till it cools down....what kind of furniture would you suggest? also,which material/stuff should I use for a temperary roof ??? thank you for ur time!

Sravi, I have 3 answers for you.........

1. Low Budget Idea: Get some Neel kamal plastic table and chairs which will cost you about Rs. 3000. They are heat resistant and rain proof. So, you dont have to worry about it when you are not at home and it rains all of a sudden. But these do not look very decorative. so, my suggestion is........do some work on it ...like stenciling or give it a base coat of dark green and decoupage it with some pictures of flowers and greenery (if you wait for a couple of days, you can see an example of a chair that i have decoupaged with children chart pictures). A very inexpensive way of converting. In addition to this, you can use rolling sheets which can be rolled out to have some privacy from above or buy a big garden umbrella.

Below are some pictures for your reference.




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2. Medium-Budget Idea: Have a rolling sheet fixed at one end of the terrace. Place some cane furniture with a small glass table. Some bright cushions in red and green will look beautiful. but you have to be careful and see to it that when you go out, you roll out the shutter so that even when it rains, the furniture is not damaged...

3. High Budget Idea: Have some kerala tiled roof with pillars. Some log-wood furniture with lovely cushions will be a permanent solution. For interest, you could add some teracotta pots and hangings....
Since you mentioned the word temporary, I think option 1 (low-budget idea) would be the right choice. Please let me know if you implemented it with some pictures of the makeover. I would be more than happy.

9 comments:

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

I have one of those awnings attached to my house. The previous owners of our home installed it and boy has it come in handy! We don't put it out much anymore because a pine tree in the backyard has gotten big enough to shade the patio, but we'll keep it "just in case"!

Sans said...

Vas, Thank you for visiting and following my blog. What eye candies you have over here. I will be back for sure, again and again :)

Sravi said...

Thanks vasudha.....i thought of having a regular shed (u know,those kind of temprory acco made of asbestos sheets which u can see in india) and hv cane furniture...

Terracota and plants in hanging baskets etc .. to complete the look.

Awning is also a great idea....i need to figure out how to have hanging baskets with that..

I hope it turns out as well as i am envisioning it..

Anil P said...

Effective ideas these. A bit of work on the plastic chairs should make them look good. I personally prefer cane furniture, but they can be demanding as in maintenance.

Raghu Dharmendra said...

Ms. Vasudha, thanks for dropping by my blog 'www.kreedaakaushalya.blogspot.com' and providing your comments. You can use the pictures with due credits such that the picture should become an hyperlink to my blog (if some one clicks on the picture, my blog should open in a new window) Also please mention that the gameboards are available at our shop 'Ramsons' in Mysore. Do let me know when you use the photograph/s. Thank you.

G said...

Hi! What paint does one use to colour the neelkamal plastic chairs?

Vasudha.dilip said...

hi
Thanku all for visiting my blog.

@ G - for a clean glossy finish use an oil based spray paint....

for a country finish, sand the chairs using a sand paper, then use a matte terracotta colour paint and a flat brush. give rough strokes as if it were worn out....perfect for the rustic terracotta feel.
please feel free to ask me if you have further doubts

G said...

Wow! Thanks. We are going to move into a new (unfurnished) rental house soon. I can probably buy these sasta neelkamal chairs and paint them than get expensive furniture immediately!
Thanks again *too excited* :)

sonali said...

@sarvi: terracota is a must in an garden or any landscape area, they reali make it look good.
@vasudha: u seem to be very experienced, still i have yet another, high budget option: wat about cane furniture, but make a hut kind structure on 4 pillars with iron beems and to cover it up with burma teak, with raw finsh!! just pillars , open from all sides, just da roof with terracota tiles!! some lite hanging, like decorative clay diya or something!!

hey hope u dnt mind me giving my ideas, and do correct me if i am wrong.