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Outdoor Living 572 Stories

Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little...
Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little...
Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals
Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Pool Slides: What's Possible, Who Can Build It and What It Will Cost
I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy’s imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he...
What to Know About Adding a Backyard Bocce Ball Court
It’s a pretty picture: friends and family gathered around your new rectangular court on a lovely summer’s evening, as warm conversation, clinking glasses and knocking bocce balls score the scene in early twilight. If you’re beguiled...
11 Garden Retreats for the Creatively Inclined
Creative souls of all kinds have always sought refuge and inspiration in the calming, serene and otherworldly atmosphere of outdoor spaces. Virginia Woolf wrote major parts of all her masterpieces, including Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves,...
Weird but Wonderful Backyard Features
When it comes to our landscapes, many of us stick with the tried and true. But why not take a more adventurous approach? These outdoor areas are a little out there, but they are no less functional for it. In fact, most of them are completely fabulous...
Personal Spaces: 10 Homes Make an Outdoor Connection
There’s a lot to love about indoor-outdoor living, whether you dream of gathering for evening nibbles on the patio or bringing in the view with floor-to-ceiling windows. Get ideas from these creative homeowners who’ve made a connection with the outdoors,...
Get a Jump on a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden
The vegetable garden is in full glory during summer, filled with ripe tomatoes, rapidly growing squashes, hot and mild peppers, melons, cucumbers, corn and a host of other summer vegetables that can threaten to take over your yard and your kitchen. Most...
That Gap Under the Deck: Hide It or Use It!
At last you’re ready to install the deck of your dreams. Before you begin construction, it’s important to consider how to address the underside of the deck and accompanying staircase. If the deck will extend from the second story, this can be quite...
How to Plan a Kitchen That Extends Outside
My clients are always asking me how to create that mysterious seamless connection between an indoor and outdoor kitchen, and vice versa. You may be thinking, “What on earth does that even mean? Does it mean I always leave my doors open? Or fill...
Think Turquoise to Energize or Soothe the Garden
Turquoise, the greenish-blue color that takes its name from the ornate gem, is believed to create a feeling of calm and well-being. Turquoise is touted as a great color to revive interiors, but how about our gardens? Turquoise is one of the most vibrant...
DIY Tree Forts and Deck Bring Out the Neighborhood Kids
While living in a small 1920s bungalow in downtown Orlando, Florida, with their son, this professional couple found out they were expecting another child. They left the downtown area in search of more space and lucked into a semisuburban home...
Beachfront Garden Stands Up to the Elements
This garden sits on Vancouver Island’s dry side, experiencing some of Canada’s mildest weather, but that doesn’t mean landscape designer Jonathan Craggs didn’t face challenging conditions when he was hired to transform an empty waterfront terrace...
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