better outdoor living at home spring


Finding Your Patio Inspiration

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Before we all know it the warm weather will be upon us. We are counting the days! The up side of it still being a while before the temps warm up is that if you’re building a patio this year, there is still plenty of time to find a design and style that you love. […]

The Amazingly Beautiful Gable Designs of Victorian Houses

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Are you a lover of beautiful older houses? Do you take the ‘long way’ just to drive through one of your favorite neighborhoods because of the gorgeous houses there? We can answer ‘yes’ to both of those questions, too! We love older, classically traditional houses and their yards, with all their nooks, crannies, and the […]

Just the Right Light Fixture and the Idea Board That Helped

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One day walking to my front door, I looked up to see that my front porch pendant light fixture needed replacing. It was around 18 years old and the finish had faded. It just looked worn out as were our other outdoor lights. So began the search for new light fixtures. Little did I know […]

Creating Spaces with Enough Elbow Room

The tree is not as close as this makes it appear. The photo below shows it is along side the garage.

It’s possible that just the thought of talking about that abstract concept of ‘space’, or giving a project ‘enough room’ (as in how big should we build the new deck?) could make a person zone out. You realize you need some amount of space/square footage/area for an outdoor project, but how do you know you […]

Weathervanes – There’s a Style for Every Taste

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Weathervanes come in so many styles or themes that it would be just about impossible for someone not to find one that they really love. Styles like classical or whimsical, hobbies or pets, nautical, sports, woodland, or wildlife, and more…much more, make finding a favorite simple. Weathervanes are typically added to the top of a […]

Even a Side Yard Deserves an Eye-Catching Design

A number of years ago, the side yard looked like this. It was tidy, but really there was no design.

We are in the process of renovating our Mom’s two side yards. Right now, we are working on the side along the wall of the garage. It’s been a process, with removing old shrubs, and relocated/reusing others. Even though it’s been a lot of work, it is exciting to see the improvements that the renovation […]

Transition Space for Steps is Good Design

This entry step design is beautiful - we love it!

When we see steps that were constructed at the very edge of a walk or driveway, when there was ample room to move the steps back away from these objects, it is puzzling to us. In fact, as landscape (outdoor) architects, it is a pet peeve of ours!   If you can’t picture what we […]

Creating an Inviting Entry at the Top of a Slope

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We think that one of the first impressions people have of someone’s home can come from the entry way leading to the front door. A homeowner may think they’re out of luck in ever being able to build an attractive and inviting entry design to their home if their front yard is on a slope. […]

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