Of course the serial decorator in me had led me to yet another balcony makeover. My jumping off point this time is faux grass on the balcony. I know you are all imagining those horrible fake green plastic versions that don't feel good nor real. Well, synthetic grass has come a long way and the varieties available at Southwest Greens are definitely winners!
Made from 100% pure high-grade expanded polypropylene, this non-toxic, lead-free material is easy to install, a lot less maintenance than real grass and eco-friendly in a sense that the turf (a.k.a. artificial grass) requires no water or fertilizers. The artificial lawn is also a fantastic solution to add softness under foot and a touch of nature with no mud, no mess and no mowing. The synthetic grass products at Southwest Greens are fully recyclable/ reusable and at $5 to $6 per square foot (plus labour on cutting and installation), grass is the perfect foundation for my lush balcony makeover.
One way to make sure the grass carpet will fit like a glove upon arrival is to create a template of the space. In my case, the balcony has a "weird" shape, making it rather difficult for me to just provide a precise measurement to SouthWest Greens. A trip to the post office and a roll of wrapping paper later, my template is done. It is important to note on the template the side "facing up", so the grass is actually right side up.
Heather from SouthWest Greens was fantastic to work with. After a few quick email to work out the details, my template was on route to Heather for "grass cutting", and within a week I got a roll of grass with my name on it!
In a couple of minutes, my balcony has gone from wood tile to lush green grass!
With a few of my special touches, the balcony is ready for entertaining. Here are a couple of "bird's-eye" shots to showcase how well the grass looks and fits in the space. For more images and how the other elements work in space, check out the special feature here.