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Maximizing Outdoor Living

By: Thomas Boni

Homeowner Leah nails boards to her patio fence as husband Justin looks on. The boards will support the couple’s bar-height counter.

On this week’s episode of “Today’s Homeowner,” we have big plans for Justin and Leah’s small patio.

The couple’s house has a spacious backyard where their four young children can play.

However, “I think the backyard is big, but the patio is not laid out very well,” Leah says. “We feel cramped in there.”

Justin wants to have a better defined area for outdoor entertaining.

With that mind, Danny and Chelsea set their projects.

Patio cracks

Cracks in a patio’s paved floor are common, Danny says, but there’s a way to make the slab look almost new.

Repairing the Patio’s Cracks

Cracks in a patio’s paved floor are common, Danny says, but there’s a way to make that floor look almost new.
First, clean all the debris from the floor’s crevices. Then, use concrete resurfacer to repair the cracks and coat the patio.
For cracks, we use a trowel to force the material into the voids and smooth out the surface. Next, we pour the resurfacer over the entire patio and use a rubber squeegee to apply it evenly.
As the material thickens, Danny drags a broom across the surface to give it a skid-resistant finish.

Phantom Screens

Justin and Leah’s 6-foot opening is protected by screens that disappear completely when not in use.

Adding Retractable Screens

French doors leading into Justin and Leah’s home will receive Phantom Screens. These retractable screens, which are installed inside the doors, will allow the couple to get a nice breeze and blur the outdoor and indoor spaces.
The low-profile system we used mounts on the inside; two units meet in the middle so the whole 6-foot opening is protected by a screen that disappears completely when not in use.

This brick wall nicely defines Justin and Leah’s patio.

Opening the Space

Chelsea wants to tear down a brick wall that limits the space available for entertaining guests.
So Justin grabs a sledgehammer and knocks down the wall; as he swings, he stops at the brick, which adds more force, he learned from Danny.
Afterward, Chelsea pressure-washes the rest of the brick wall, which we left in place. Chelsea recommends methodically spraying the wall, “line by line,” which makes it easier to see missed spots.
Next, Danny uses ’s pre-mixed mortar to repair the brick wall and to add a column where the brick wall now ends.

Bar heigh counter

Short on patio space and need to maximize outdoor entertaining opportunities? Just build a bar-height counter on an existing fence.

Adding a Bar-Height Counter

Danny wants to add a bar-height counter along Justin and Leah’s fence to boost the space available for serving guests.
First, Chelsea and Leah use a nail gun to create a wall for the counter along the fence.
Next, Leah and her sister, Jessica, apply solid deck stain to the newly created wall and bar.
Danny and Chelsea topped the area with a shade sail that can support a string of lights to add ambiance.

Finally, we leave Justin and Leah with a Wet & Forget sprayer, which will help them remove mold, mildew and algae on the home’s siding.


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Maximizing Outdoor Living