Outdoors

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

I love a good list. It keeps me organized and focused, and I savor the sense of accomplishment when I can draw a big line through a completed item. Thanks to Kiplinger’s newly released fall and winter home maintenance checklist, you now have a handy guide of must-do tasks that […]

Stock Up Now On Winter Supplies

Stock Up Now On Winter Supplies

Yes, I said it — the dreaded “w” word! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but freezing temperatures, snow and ice will be here before you know it (for a lot of the country, anyway.) Before the demand for weather-related and other products spikes, stock up at […]

10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Winter is peeking around the corner and ready to cast a frost across the garden you’ve carefully cultivated all spring and summer. The gardening pros from the Chicago Flower & Garden show have shared some tips with us to help prepare our garden for winter. 1. Continue to water your […]

Build A Fire Pit In Two Hours Or Less

Build A Fire Pit In Two Hours Or Less

What better way to celebrate the crisp weather of fall — especially those delightfully chilly evenings — than with a backyard fire pit? And thanks to a DIY version featured in this month’s Fresh Home magazine, you can be roasting marshmallows and hot dogs in a mere two hours or […]

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases 2010 Home Design Trends

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases 2010 Home Design Trends

Despite a steep decline in home prices, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports that many homeowners are still choosing to invest money in their homes, especially for projects “that promote greater energy efficiency and accessibility throughout the home,” writes Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA. Top Home Design Trends for the […]

Solutions To Common Solar Landscape Lighting Problems

Solutions To Common Solar Landscape Lighting Problems

Solar landscape lighting is convenient and beautiful when it works. When the lights don’t work, it can be maddening. Fortunately these systems are fairly simple and generally easy to fix. With a little know-how and some quick tests, you can have the solar lights up and running again in no […]

Treehouses Never Get Old

Treehouses Never Get Old

We love treehouses at C&H: in fact, the more luxurious or exotic, the better! So when I first spotted these new designs on Casa Sugar about German company Baumraum, I was excited. Craftsmen at the company include architects to tree experts when it comes time to pick a site and […]

Swiss Earth House

Swiss Earth House

Well, I’ve always wanted an underground lair. Luckily, I’ve found one that looks more pastoral than evil and gloomy. Made of concrete and earth, this Swiss estate is a cluster of grass-blanketed houses encircling a pretty little lake. According to Inhabitat, aside from using natural and recycled materials and having […]

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

The Eames House is one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles and located just off the PCH in Pacific Palisades, California. Completed in 1949, some believe the Eames House has yet to be equaled in modern architecture. The design concept was also a precursor to the prefab home construction […]

Turn Up The Heat With A DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Turn Up The Heat With A DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Summer is far from over. But as the sun sets a little earlier each day, bonfires are starting to take center stage on the schedule. You don’t need to head for the beach or campground to host a bonfire. Build a fire pit in your backyard for a convenient place […]

Ipe Wood Decking

Ipe Wood Decking

Ipe wood decking came on the scene quickly and it seemed the whole world went wild. Once consumers get a feel for it, the hype didn’t let up and now demand for Ipe wood decking is fierce. A fairly new phenomenon (compared with what’s out there today) in the outdoor […]

Dive Into An Eco-Friendly Swimming Pool

Dive Into An Eco-Friendly Swimming Pool

Is there anything more refreshing than jumping into your own green swimming pool? No, not a pool filled with algae. That would be gross. A green swimming pool is one that has minimal effects on the environment and actually uses recycled and eco -friendly materials. When planning for this fabulous […]

From Fescue to St. Augustine, Which Lawn Grass is Best for You?

From Fescue to St. Augustine, Which Lawn Grass is Best for You?

The OC Register has listed the pros and cons of various lawn types. Use these descriptions to help you choose the best lawn for your weather and use. Fescue: also known as Marathon, the ubiquitous lawn grass for Southern California landscapes. Like all plants it has a dormant season, which […]

Building a Sandbox of Your Child’s Dreams

Building a Sandbox of Your Child’s Dreams

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I spent the majority of my time in a sandbox. My favorite park in my hometown had a huge sandpit complete with child-sized, handle-operated “backhoes” with which we could dig and move sand for hours. Perhaps I missed my calling as […]

Build a Green Roof on Your Potting Shed

Build a Green Roof on Your Potting Shed

What goes better than plants and green building? Well, nothing, really. So how about building a green roof on that potting shed, creating a miniature garden? Having a green roof does not mean you’ll have additional square footage to spread perennials into. Some perennials, maybe, but this isn’t about having […]

Don’t Try This at Home: Lawnmower on a Stick

Don’t Try This at Home: Lawnmower on a Stick

The worlds strongest redneck turns a mower into an edger.

Cool Dog Mows the Lawn

Cool Dog Mows the Lawn

Dog’s are super smart so the next logical step is to train them to help us with yard work. This German Shepherd mows the lawn and looks good doing it. We like the side glance to the camera then it’s back to work.

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

My inspiration for C&H blog posts knows no bounds–magazines, newspapers, HGTV, friends and family–and now, television commercials. Last night, I found myself intrigued by an ad for The Bagster, a dumpster in a bag that can be purchased at local home improvement stores and, post-project, hauled away by scheduling a […]