before and after

before & after: arnod’s beautiful porch

by Grace Bonney

porches can be an absolute lifesaver if you live in a city. they provide a quick escape from cabin-fever and can be the perfect place to grow plants and flowers or enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day. d*s reader arnod has shared his small apartment in ghent, belgium with his boyfriend for over five years. because the weather in ghent has been lovely for the past month or so, arnod and his boyfriend decided it was time to create a small outdoor retreat. their tiny terrace had previously been a stash spot for garbage, cleaning tools, and spare paint, so they invested about $85 and a weekend to making over the space. after cleaning out the terrace and repainting, arnod and his boyfriend constructed an ingenius little table/bench/seat nook that easily folds up onto the wall when it’s not in use. and the bonus? the black fencing against the back wall actually hides shelving where arnod can keep recycling until it’s ready to go out. they love the new look and the fact that they can comfortably fit three people in the sun for breakfast, coffee, light meals, or late afternoon drinks. with a vision and some handiwork arnod and his boyfriend managed to create a beautiful outdoor room that has quickly become a favorite space of theirs- and the cat, cartouche. two thumbs up- well done!

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