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Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you...
Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. Outdoor...
Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals
Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Houzz Call: Show Us Your Well-Designed Treehouse or Tree Fort!
We want to see your well-designed treehouse or fort! Homeowners: Post a photo of your treehouse or fort in the Comments and tell us about it: who uses it, what materials were used and how its design keeps in mind the safety of the...
Great Furniture Pieces That Work Indoors and Out
If you live in a climate with a harsh winter season, summertime can be a blessing and curse: You want to soak up all the sun you can, but it can be hard to justify investing in a set of furnishings you’ll use only one-half to one-third (or even less)...
Simple Pleasures: Savor the First Spring Day in the Garden
Is there anything better than that first spring day when the weather finally feels warm enough to really spend time outdoors? Celebrate spring with a full day spent puttering in the garden, tending to chores, sprucing things up and pampering...
Landscape Design Features Play With Natural Light
When I was studying photography in college, my professor said there were three things that were imperative in making a successful image: technical ability, access to the subject and light. That last point has always stuck with me, and I’ve realized...
Kitchen Pass-Throughs Make Outdoor Dining a Breeze
The kitchen pass-through window historically was used to hide kitchen clutter from guests and to help maids and chefs deliver food efficiently to formal dining rooms, says architect Rebecca Naughtin. Recently the feature has made a comeback...
Inside Houzz: Soft Geometry in a Modern Wisconsin Garden
Bob Gruendyke and Chrissy Kruger-Gruendyke didn’t let the fact that they live in Milwaukee deter them from wanting a Southern California–style, modernist-inspired landscape. It’s true their yard spends much of the year under a blanket of snow, but...
Wild Birds Transform a Woman’s Garden and Life
On September 27, 2013, at 4:50 p.m., what Sharon Sorenson saw outside of her kitchen window made her breathing stop and her hands shake. To most of us, it would look like a small gray bird with touches of yellow. To her it was a vision bordering on the...
17 Ways to Work a Deck
A deck can beautifully bridge the gap between indoors and out, providing an inviting, comfortable space from which to enjoy your backyard. And far from being a basic rectangle at the back of the house, a deck can be customized to fit your house and lifestyle...
Pool Slides: What's Possible, Who Can Build It and What It Will Cost
I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy’s imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he...
What to Know About Adding a Backyard Bocce Ball Court
It’s a pretty picture: friends and family gathered around your new rectangular court on a lovely summer’s evening, as warm conversation, clinking glasses and knocking bocce balls score the scene in early twilight. If you’re beguiled...
11 Garden Retreats for the Creatively Inclined
Creative souls of all kinds have always sought refuge and inspiration in the calming, serene and otherworldly atmosphere of outdoor spaces. Virginia Woolf wrote major parts of all her masterpieces, including Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves,...
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