This summer we traveled to New York to check out the Lowe’s Designer Charity Challenge. We were inspired by what all three designers were able to accomplish using Lowe’s 2012 outdoor collection as well as other items from the Lowe’s home store. Our home is small so we take advantage […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Although “pizza” and “gardening” aren’t always in the same category, Better Homes & Garden touched on a great way to convince people to test our their green thumb – for the sake of fresh pizza toppings! Using a 6×4 foot space in full sun, the editors grew the plants in […]
Even if you’re not a tree hugger, there’s a lot to love about having trees in the yard. But hey, rot happens. And so do overgrown branches. And pests. When it’s time to look for a professional to tend to your tree needs, go through this check list from the […]
If you’re looking for shade in the yard, there are a few options to consider. Roofing structures, patio umbrellas and pergolas are all possibilities. But roll up awnings will provide extensive coverage when you need it and can be tucked out of sight when you don’t. Is an awning the […]
We’d love to have an outdoor basketball court but it’s not in the plans right now. If we were in the market for one the SnapSports outdoor surfaces look like a great solution. At the 2010 International Builders’ Show we had the opportunity to touch and feel various court surfaces […]
This backyard deck is a bit too much for us. It’s a great concept designed by Thom Faulders and it’s obvious a lot of work was put into designing and building it but we prefer a calmer atmosphere when relaxing in the yard as opposed to one that makes you […]
We haven’t seen many pools outside of the hotels here in Hawai’i but we’re sure there are some spectacular home pools that rival these beauties.
Garden sheds become an afterthought in some backyards. A repository for random tools, pots, lawn furniture. These garden sheds from Apartment Therapy could standalone as the centerpiece of their respective yards.
It broke 100 degrees in downtown LA a couple days ago and fortunately we live near the coast which was toasty but definitely cooler especially with a breeze. We have the beach at our disposal now but long for a backyard pool of our own. Check out our swimming pool […]
We recently discovered Lancaster Conservatories. They offer DIY or professionally installed Sunrooms, Conservatories, and Greenhouses that blend into the character of your home. Their conservatory and sunroom kits are comprehensive and can be installed by one of their certified dealers, the contractor of your choice, or by the homeowner. The […]
We are big fans of trees being used as landscape elements to add detail or shelter to your home. But many times the tree begins to overstay it’s welcome and the branches become unmanageable or the roots pull up the pathway or lead to damage to your foundation.
If your backyard pool resembles more “concrete pond” than swimming oasis then maybe it’s time to rejuvenate it. There are companies now that will evaluate your current pool and work with a designer to build your ideal outdoor entertaining area with the pool as the focus.
We found this DIY firepit idea that’s a simple solution for creating your own backyard chimenea. Steel washtub, bricks, and wood, and you are ready to go. Make sure your firepit is on solid level ground and that you’ve got the proper fire extinguisher, sand, or water nearby.
Our latest for ReadyMade introduces a how-to for extending your home wireless network to your backyard. To keep it more energy efficient a solar-panel has been added.
It’s important to follow pool safety guidelines and one of the first rules is taking preventative measures by installing a pool fence. A pool fence should be mandatory for pool owners with small children as most of you know how quickly you can lose site of your kids and how […]
Now that the weathers warm and the days are longer it’s time you put some effort into your outside space. Start with performing a thorough cleaning of your front, back, and side yards. Remove anything from your yard that isn’t absolutely necessary. This includes old mulch piles, leaves, sticks, trash, […]