Update front brick planter box

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We have a brick planter box in our 1985 house. I would like to take it completely out but have also thought about filling it in and making a sitting area. Any ideas?
q update front brick planter box, concrete masonry, container gardening, curb appeal, gardening, patio
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  • Alice  Gatto Alice Gatto on Apr 14, 2015
    If it is the low brick piece running from the left (in front of the bush) down to the support piece on the right, it would probably be easier to make it into a sitting area. Tearing out that many bricks would be a huge job. If you make the sitting area (bench?) a little wider and high enough for people to sit comfortably, it would be more practical too. I would probably not continue with the red brick. I would cover it with trex in a color to match the trim on the doors and windows. Whatever you decide, please post a picture when you are finished so we can all admire your handiwork.

  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Apr 14, 2015
    I think it would be cute to concrete the entire planter box right up to the front door. Then add 1/4 circle sitting area on the level of the sidewalk. Add landscaping around the circle and a bistro set for a sitting area. The planter area could be treated to a glider swing and some potted plants.

  • Min1528270 Min1528270 on Apr 15, 2015
    I am thinking about making a bench for both sides of the bay window. We have taken that big bush out. I am thinking that removing the brick would be too big of a job and it would look good with a seating area. I will post pictures.

  • Dobi Dobi on Apr 15, 2015
    since you removed the bush, it definitely gives you more room, I think the seating area would probably be more suited to chairs and a table between, but I can't be sure of the space that you are dealing with. I can see some red flowers on a table with a pitcher of iced tea!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 15, 2015
    One thing about a nice big planter box is that you can add a lot of color and personality and keep it confined to one small area to tend and water. It is easy to plant for color year round and then have bright colors added with Gerber Daisies in the summer and pansies in the winter. Here is a bed with Dusty Miller (in the 4 corners), variegated Lariope, Cordyline which is pretty all the time. The Dusty Miller can either be let grow tall against that dark brick with the others in front. Just trim back Lariope in spring before it comes out to get rid of shaggy growth. This is pretty without a lot of expense in replanting every 6 months as the seasons change! (Make sure the dirt in the planter comes up high enough so that your plants can be seen. Use good soil and add as needed.)

  • Joyce Overbay Joyce Overbay on Apr 15, 2015
    I took mine off a 1958 ranch brick. Had to match some paint with brick to hide the old tar like stuff that was put on years ago but it wS smooth so I just painted. Filled u re walkway with bark and laid down stepping stones. I had a small porch so I just decorated it. Had no room for chairs but like it a lot better. I am sure you will like it better with furniture. .... Perhaps wicker if it doesn't get wet.

  • Pgl Pgl on Apr 15, 2015
    STOP!!! We discovered 2 things one that planter helps to keep the basement dry by dispersing rain. We also discovered it is not wide enough to convert to a sitting area chairs barely fit and there is not any walking room. We filled it with old cement then topped with soil and rock there we have placed what ever we want, iron work interesting potted plants ect. So before you do anything check to see if it is more than just a planter box it may save you foundation problems later.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 16, 2015
    In that nice setting? Hands down - a sitting area. Make it large enough to accommodate a table, a couple of comfy chairs, and some large deco pots. A good concrete person will slope it so any water runs away from your foundation. I would also avoid a square slab and go for a curvy edge working around the trees.

  • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Apr 16, 2015
    Can the planter box itself become a long seat? With areas in between as places to put drinks and such ?

  • Water feature with koi!

  • Cantito01 Cantito01 on Feb 03, 2016
    Hanging hammock chairs require little room and are so relaxing.