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Steel Comes Home

October 06, 2013
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Steel Fence

Palm Springs, Calif. is a Mecca of modern architecture from mid-century restorations to futuristic open dwellings. When fences, partitions and screens are called for, the traditional cedar board fence just doesn't fit into these landscapes. Damage by wind, blowing sand, and extreme heat of the southern California desert excludes most outdoor wood products.

Pebble Mosaic Walkways

October 02, 2013
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The design trend away from solid concrete to permeable walking surfaces has opened the door to fresh paving options. Smaller homes and yards make it possible to explore alternative, sometimes truly unique surfaces without breaking the budget. One of the most exciting is pebble mosaics, which utilize naturally rounded stones in various colors to create patterns and images. This technique predated Roman mosaics by a thousand years.

Recycled Swank: Building with Bottles

September 11, 2013
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Inspired by ghost town bottle houses, the newest old idea in the modern landscape is building with bottles instead of recycling them.  One of the most doable ideas is creating built in seatwalls.  These are freestanding bottle walls that top out at about 18 inches tall, with bottles laid in mortar just like masonry units.  This contemporary example not only demonstrates how tidy bottle work looks in the garden setting, this one is a carefully though out design.  First they utilized only identical cobalt blue bottles.  This allows them to be stacked as shown here, wi

Vertical Gardens

February 28, 2013
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Check out our slide show of Vertical Gardens around the world.

Vertical gardens have an amazing and dramatic appeal and public vertical gardens have begun popping up in major urban centers all over the world. In a cityscape full of concrete facades and architectural flourishes that can only imitate nature’s aesthetics, a building covered completely in hundreds of species of living plants is a showstopper. 

Photo by: Courtesy Biotop Austria

When Dave Walter and his family swim in the natural pool they built at their -Wichita, Kansas, home, the experience is about a lot more than simply cooling off. “You’re floating next to water lilies and cattails, smelling the patches of peppermint, and listening to the sound of the waterfall,” Walter says. Aesthetically too, the pool provides an unconventional experience: It has no traditional edge, just a loose border of river rocks. “It’s more like being in a swimming hole.” 

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