The leaders of what’s now known as mid-century modern had lofty goals. To create homes families could live in. Inside and out. To unlock once tightly defined rooms like parlors and claustrophobic kitchens to unleash great open spaces. To efficiently organize a house into gathering places, work areas and sleeping zones. Read More >>
Despite the slight lowering of gas prices this year, the “staycation” is here to stay. More and more Americans continue to spend their vacations at home. They are relining their nest to be more comfortable, and many are creating new living rooms — outdoors. Trends in home furnishings tend to move a little less rapidly than trendy apparel. It’s one thing to wear this season’s $34 dress to death, toss it at the end of summer, and move on to… Read More >>
Americans spent billions on outdoor living spaces each year. Where homeowners once would have added square footage with new construction, they now want to open the door and expand their living space into the great outdoors. The backyard can be more than a place to entertain or spend time with family and friends. For some, it’s a respite from the everyday. What are the trends for 2014? Read on the hottest ways to turn your back yard into an outdoor oasis. Read More >>
After such a rainy spring, it felt good to soak up some sunshine and summerlike temps this week. The best part? No more Seattle jokes (we hope). The warm weather inspires many of us to whip our overgrown backyards into shape.
But according to a report by the American Society of Landscape Architects, homeowners want more than just a neatly trimmed square of turf in their backyard. Outdoor living spaces, specifically kitchens and entertainment areas, received a 94.5 percent popularity rating in the most recent ASLA … Read More…
Putting together the look, feel and amenities of an open-air, multi-season room in your backyard is more likely to be an overall success when it reflects the interests of family members who will find sought after, personal rewards from their newly found… Read More >>
It isn’t fair that most of the nation has been freezing. It’s been a hard year weather-wise, and it could be therapeutic to focus on warmer times. Even though you’re cold right now, that doesn’t mean you cannot plan ahead. Dreaming is an often a healthy pastime.
No matter how tiny your outdoor space, there are many ways… Read more>>
What are you looking for? Deciding exactly what you want often times can be the hardest part of the entire project. Try not to get so caught up in all your specific backyard limitations or budget at this point and think bigger picture. Read more…
Landscaping in limited space can be a challenge for many residents. Older neighborhoods typically have smaller lots, and even in communities where yards are larger, there often are areas that need to be addressed on a small scale. Read More…
December begins Monday, so it’s time to make yourselves a list — not for Santa — but for your own outdoor winter “to do” projects.
Surprisingly, there are many things to accomplish during this last month of the year. And hopefully, our Texas winter will give us some mild temperatures and sunny days.
Below, I list several of the more common tasks for December, understanding not everyone will be doing the same projects. And just maybe some of you will see something you would like to try: Read More…
Home is where the heart is, and Susan and Paul Haggar have extended theirs beyond four walls to the landscape that surrounds their two-story house. The Cypress couple have created outdoor living areas to complement the ones indoors. They can step onto a 75-foot-long loggia with dining and seating areas, lounge on a patio with pool and serve pizza fresh from the oven in the covered outdoor kitchen. They are able to take in more views of the 19 acres they call home from the balcony that tops the loggia. Read More >>