Outdoors

Create a Lawn Mower Maze

Create a Lawn Mower Maze

I have trouble believing that there is anyone that would actually want to do this, but I digress. Lawn mowing can be an art form. For those of you inclined to challenge yourself the next time you’re looking for blades of glory, Popular Mechanics has come up with 7 brilliant […]

Lawn Mower Modifications: Power = Fun

Lawn Mower Modifications: Power = Fun

Sit-on mowers are becoming increasingly popular and manufacturers are responding by adding more bells and whistles which have also brought costs up in some models to that of a small car. But a few inspired people have modified their mowers in ways that won’t help them mow the lawn any […]

What The Heck Is Rurbalization?

What The Heck Is Rurbalization?

You may have heard this term before. It’s also been called “the new urbanism” or “agrarian urbanism”. The idea is that city neighborhoods could be built and restructured in order to be self-sustainable, a harmonious blend of urban and rural. Daniel Nairn wrote a compelling article about the concept over […]

Make Mowing Easy with a Flagstone Edging Strip

Make Mowing Easy with a Flagstone Edging Strip

It’s the classic dilemma. You have a beautiful border garden around your patio or foundation. Bright blooms and neatly mulched beds compliment your lush green lawn. All is right with the world. But there is one major problem involving that narrow space where the garden meets the lawn. A space […]

Luxury Treehouse Designs

Luxury Treehouse Designs

Treehouses have come a long way since the days of Little Rascals. There are now firms that specialize in designing luxury treehouses, many of which are built using sustainable materials and are of minimal impact to the environment. The best treehouse designs start with the tree which will provide the […]

5 Summer Projects Anyone Can Do

5 Summer Projects Anyone Can Do

Now that summer is officially here, we’ve got 5 projects that anyone can do that will improve your quality of summer living. Build a wooden trellis Install a screened in porch Make a glass ball chandelier

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

A lot of design in green homes often raises the question – how much space do we really need? Architect Michael Katz and designer Janet Corne offer the L41 (“all for one”) that squeezes everything you need into 220 square feet of awesomeness. According to Treehugger, Katz didn’t intend to […]

Dwell on Design 2010: Contemporary and Sustainable

Dwell on Design 2010: Contemporary and Sustainable

This was our first time visiting Dwell on Design which was held at the Los Angeles convention center. It’s billed as the largest design show on the West coast. There were over 200 exhibitors and a ton of discussion panels that focused on design and sustainability. HP also sponsored a […]

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

While in Maui we had the pleasure of visiting designer Xorin Balbes latest project he’s named, Ke-Ao Lanihuli which translates to “The light from the heavens to overturn old conditions bringing enlightenment.” The name is certainly fitting for this place which we will touch on later. You may know Xorin […]

Dwell on Design 2010 Starts Today

Dwell on Design 2010 Starts Today

Starting today we’ll be attending the 2010 Dwell on Design event. This is the West coast’s largest design event and it is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There are numerous exhibitors we plan on visiting that cover kitchen and bath design, green materials, industrial design and innovative outdoor […]

Rider Lawn Mowers Go Upscale

Rider Lawn Mowers Go Upscale

If you’ve got a big enough lawn that requires a riding mower then the time is now to shop for some great new offerings. Manufacturers are now realizing the strength of the market and have developed some lawn mowers that have features once reserved only for autos. You can pay […]

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh wait, no it wasn’t. It was darkish. And overcast. And really stormy. But it was the middle of the day. And it was the last day to enjoy my mature honeysuckle vine standing strong on a faithful fan trellis. After almost a […]

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

A great weekend project is making sure your home is clear of overgrown tree limbs. It may not be a pressing issue but cutting back these limbs can prevent issues down the road such as the branches and limbs breaking through a window during a storm or even crashing down […]

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

You know you want it. That top spot on the block, to be the object of your neighbor’s envy, to have cars drive slowly by and admire your pad. OK, maybe that drive by thing would be a little freaky, but you can’t deny it’s nice to get admiring glances. […]

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

The grandest garden and flower show in the world happens each year in London and has been since 1862. The Chelsea Flower Show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is held for five days in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, UK. It’s not […]

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

On a recent trip down the California coast, we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant, a Big Sur family-run institution since 1949. In addition to the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the tasty Ambrosia Burger, I love the architecture. Rowan Maiden, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the unique […]

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Warm weather has this funny habit of creating a lot of clutter in the backyard. Gardening supplies get piled beside baseball bats and grass trimmers. You wonder if your garage is actually going to split at the seams. Looks like it’s about time you started that backyard shed project. Building […]

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

While flipping through the pages of Real Simple magazine, I noticed an ingenious solution for wrangling unruly garden hoses, thereby eliminating a major source of outdoor clutter. Instead of a hose reel or cart, consider a hose pot, which discreetly hides a coiled garden hose in a decorative container. Not […]