How to: Budget Friendly BoxshrubPosted: June 2, 2012
My Best friend had this romantic idea of proposing to his girlfriend on his balcony. But as you can see from the “condition” that it’s in, it was far from picturesque. Nothing close to the moment you want to remember for ooo’ say, the rest of your life?! So he enlisted the help of your@How2_guy and we were on our way.
I got this idea from an article I found about bringing back the privacy to your space. That was one thing that his balcony really lacked. The size is good, it’s small mind you, but more than enough space for what I had in mind. This article inspired me to give my Best Man a space that is not only romantic, but breathtaking.
Here’s the step by step process of creating a artificial boxshrub. Please be careful while cutting the wood for the trim. For those who are not comfortable with operating a saw, please find a contractor or handyman to help you out for those steps. A little word of advice, when seeking contractors, DO your RESEARCH! ” always late”, ” caulking looking like it was done by a child”, ” costed us double”, these are the the kinds of situations that can be avoided. We have the internet at our fingertips. Sites like eieihome where I found the article have customer reviews so you can check up on who you hire.
First we chose a sturdy base material. Maple wood boards from Home Depot are perfect. Looks and feels great. Of course you can choose to buy your bottom pot but you won’t have the luxury of customizing the size. In our case, we couldn’t find a flower pot big enough for our design, so we just decided to make it. Why not? It’s easy. It’s also very cost effective, all three pots cost around 60 dollars.
Hinging the side boards will ensure that you have a sturdy base. This is extremely important in our situation because we will not be using a back wall for the base pots.
A little Baseboard trim adds to the look in a BIG way. Measure out the length you require cut the ends at a 45degree angle.
Secure the baseboard about an inch from the top of the box leaving room for the chicken wire with black screws. We couldn’t find any black deck screws but black drywall screws work just as well.
Creating the structure for your shrubwall is fairly easy. First determine the height you want for the wall. Then cut the 4 corner supports out of 1×1 wood posts. These go for roughly $3-$4 at Home Depot for 8 ft.
Secure them on the four corners with screws using the top of the trim as a guide.
Now repeat! as many times as you need. We created three separate boxes so that they could be mobile and convenient if we ever wanted to move them.
Secure the BoxShrub Mats to the chicken wire with simple twist ties easily purchased from the dollar store.
Doesn’t that look Amazing? Here is the finished product, all three lined up side by side. We got the white lattice on the wall from home depot as well. Covered it with artificial vines and threw some lilies in to give it elegance.
Wooden floor tiles from Ikea worked beautifully with the look I was trying to achieve. These tiles are really good for the balcony because they allow water to pass through underneath.
Maple board- $50
wood trim: $8
staple gun and staples: already have
ikea tiles: $30 x 3 boxes
ikea 3 piece patio set: $ 50
lights: christmas lights
grass mat: $60
miscellaneous(wire screws, etc…): $10