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Before & After: Ananda’s Patio Makeover

by Lauren Chorpening

Renting definitely has its limitations when it comes to remodeling or refurbishing. We are all about sticking to the lease rules, but we are also all about finding solutions that make a rental home feel personal. Ananda Qianyu was set on finding a way to completely transform her San Diego, CA balcony without compromising her lease and without spending too much money. Pallets for the walls, floors and furniture changed the basic stucco balcony into a colorful, lush and cost-effective patio.

Ananda had a few guidelines from her landlord to follow, but also imposed some of her own rules when planning what to do with the space. “Rule #1: No drilling into/attaching to existing walls. Rule #2: No painting existing surfaces including floor, walls and ceiling. Rule #3: We want to prove that everyone can have a gorgeous space no matter what their budget is. Rule #4: We love a built-in look, but everything we build should be easily taken apart when we move,” she says. Ananda’s home has gained additional living space that she and her husband love, without compromising their agreement or what they really want. —Lauren

Photography by Ananda Qianyu

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Ananda's patio, before and after.
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Ananda's patio, before. There wasn't much character or personality to speak of. Ananda wanted a space that reflected her appreciation for nature with a tropical vibe.
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Ananda's patio, after. Ananda took apart pallets and pieced them together to create walls, floors and furniture for her space. Because she is not allowed to affix anything to the structure of the balcony, she created a free-standing room within a room to fit perfectly.
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Ananda's patio, after. Ananda is a landscape architect and loves greenery and plants. This vertical garden was made from pallets.
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Ananda's patio, after. Ananda's furniture and accessories bring color into this space. The balcony is utilitarian-meets-tropical-getaway, which is a pretty impressive combination.
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Ananda's patio, after. Ananda stenciled the floor right by the door. It's a welcoming entrance to such a relaxing space.

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