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Bachelor Pad Decorating – Help Me Out!

My new apartment in Santa Monica has the following outdoor balcony/patio with my unit.

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This thing is a whopping 500 square feet. The apartment itself is maybe 700 square feet total, and 500 square feet is larger than most of the studio apartments around this area. How much am I paying for rent? Don’t fucking ask.

In any case, I’m trying to figure out what to put out in that patio area in the coming months. I anticipate being in this apartment for at least a year, if not much longer than that. The new job is awesome so far, and I love Los Angeles in general. Walking to work and running on the beach whenever I want makes the premium I’m paying for this place well worth it, in both time and gas saved with all the walking I’m doing.

In any case, I’m trying to figure out what the hell to put on this “second” apartment I have, most of which is outdoors. Considerations include:

  • A pool table – the issue is that the patio is not evenly sloped at all. I’d have to build some sort of balancing system with wood boards, most likely. I would plan to spend ~$300 on a table, and just let it be subjected to the elements; albeit I’d cover it. If it has to be replaced in a year, so be it.
  • An outdoor bar – I plan to do this regardless. The question is – how much to spend? I have enough bar-tending equipment to fill up a decent sized, “L-shape” bar. Outdoor bars are not cheap.
  • An outdoor fire pit or table. I’d love something like the below, but they’re pricey.

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  • I want to get a dog, maybe even a puppy. I’ve debated getting a Husky. I could get a big patch of fake grass, and a pool, and just make it a “doggy” play area. Granted, I could still put a bar and a few other things around, but fake grass is surprisingly expensive.

In any case, I’m open to suggestions or additional ideas. What do you think?

  • November 4, 2014
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