Hi, Picture this: Enter the 12 x 3 space via sliding balcony door. Facing west, to your left, see nice vista of MKE skyline (and lots of traffic below). At the far end is a big Weber grill, a stone wall, and a plastic Rubbermaid box containing soil, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc. Add two cheap folding lawn chairs, a tray table, green "grass carpet" and three medium hanging baskets spaced evenly along the balcony rails. (I will plant them with annuals.) To your right is 3 panels of all glassthe apartmentÂs bedroom. At center is a floor to ceiling bedroom window. The two flanks are also glass, but just have drywall behind them, so theyÂre pretty ugly and non-functional. ThereÂs a concrete balcony above.
How can I create a cool, fun space here? My priorities are: noise reduction (would love to add a fountain, but donÂt know how to get electricity out there ... and solarÂs unpredictable and $$$). Things I can ideally leave out all winter ... b/c storage is a problem. Creating a fun space for 2-3 people to hang out in. Enhanced privacy & wind reduction, if possible. IÂm not very handy, and since I only have glass, stone, and concrete to work with, IÂm not sure how much architecture I could add, if any. Being on Lake Michigan, wind can get extreme, so hanging baskets are probably out.
I would love decorating, spending, and planting advice! DonÂt want to spend more than $400. Where would you put your money? I want this to feel more like a little retreat than being smack in the city. Mainly, we use this space for just sitting outside with a cold one and grilling out. We would do more, though ... like play board games or eat our meals, if I had more room. I'd also love to have funky lights at night ... but again, there's that electricity problem. THANKS!!