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Follow Nature’s Lead for Artful Stacked Stones

Surprise and delight in the landscape with rock formations resembling wildland hoodoos and cairns Full Story
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Ron Harvey
I just finished building a fireplace using some of these concepts. I love the dry-stacked look!
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barrh
Soo interesting! I have always loved rocks.
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15 Ways to Enhance Your Cabinets With Grilles

It looks decorative, but metal mesh on cabinet doors has a practical side too Full Story
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Carrie Kelley
I just built doors for our custom fireplace surround, and I used metal mesh panels for them. I love the look!!
August 1, 2014 at 5:31PM   
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mrachlin14
Bright. Eclectic.
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Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors

Be bold. Be brave. Drench your floors in black for a memorable interior scene Full Story
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studiode
I have black wood floors in parts of a home (actually extremely dark brown) and they show every speck of dust, as well as footprints. I don't wear shoes in the house and I keep it very clean (Swiffer works great on them). But I am sure this would drive other people nuts. I wouldn't do this again in another home. Though I love the look!
August 6, 2014 at 8:38AM     
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Living on the Edge of the Wild

When Mother Nature is your neighbor, the possibilities — and responsibilities — can be that much greater Full Story
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Kathleen
Invasive plants are a great trial. As is keeping the water ways free of non native fish species. We struggle with people who try to poach or not abide by the fishing regulations in place. This fall work will start on rebuilding stream bed and water line. Luckily no damage from cattle. We saw a lot of that in the Rockies, although, I believe progress is being made. Akryba your area sounds wonderful. Much of the land around us has been given to the Nature Concervancy. The rest is surrounded by NC State Forest. Can't wait for the fall color.
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sherums
We have 6 wooded acres in North Texas. It is overgrown with cedar trees and not good for much, including wildlife, as the cedars strip the soil of nutrients. The previous owner left all sorts of trash in all the ravines and under trees. We have the occasional skunk or possum, and lots of birds, which I love, but that's it. I believe in stewardship. We plan to build a modest home, about 1600 sf. We have been cleaning up trash, removing dead oaks and overcrowded cedars. I planted a mini-orchard and a garden. I am looking into enlarging a small pasture slightly and raising some animals for food. Other than that, I would like to leave most of it alone. We already keep chickens in an old tool shed, which was filled with trash. I would like to keep bees, but my husband is allergic, so that fight is still on. I try to stick with natives for landscaping, and I have rain barrels for my ornamentals around the house. Other than clearing some terribly invasive trees and vines for the house, I think us being here has been an improvement for the ecosystem. I understand what others are saying, and many of their concerns are legitimate, but I do believe there is room for people in the country, if we are sensitive to our surroundings and responsible with our building methods. Also, fellow country dwellers, don't forget that we are moving into the animal's territory, so we need to respect that. I love it out here, and, I'm sorry, but I don't think I can be persuaded to move into some overcrowded urban environment again!
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Great Design Plant: Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris Ligulistylis)

Make fast friends with the monarch butterflies and get a color show too with this adaptable U.S. Midwest native Full Story
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chookchook2
The flutterbys thank you.
August 11, 2014 at 7:38PM   
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eclecticedwardian
Thanks for another good article! And thank you for the comments about fertilizers--people really do not know what havoc (death and destruction) they cause in the watershed. They have learned perhaps that other chemicals are "bad", but haven't added broadcast fertilizer to that list--and as you say, in many ways it is worse, certainly in sheer volume of application.
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Design Workshop: The Case for Big Overhead Doors

Garage-style doors are cost-effective solutions for opening rooms to dream views and fresh air — and they’re more stylish than ever Full Story
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cgc21060
Pangaea Interior Design- the air curtain unit does work for flying insects but does not work for your utility bill. Very inefficient to run and not very "green"
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capeanner
Would it really be that inefficient? Suppose it would also depend on how many hours the door was left up. Have not found that running ceiling fans uses much electricity.
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Houzz Tour: Respectfully Updating a 1929 Farmhouse

Period details mix with new features for a family home as idyllic as its pastoral surroundings Full Story
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Aubry T
I don't understand what people's hangups are with taxidermy. It really is no different than a leather couch. It's just skin/hide over a frame or mold. I think the animals are beautiful and good taxidermy is amazing to look at, like a sculpture (which is really what it comes down to).
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carrps
I agree Aubry. Years ago I was very close to purchasing a Victorian taxidermied weasel (?!). It was a kind of folk art. And I would have been ahead of the trend by nearly a decade. :-)
August 4, 2014 at 11:37AM     
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Pathway Plantings That Please the Senses

Add some color, life and intrigue beside your sidewalk with these 7 suggestions Full Story
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marmarmish
All sooooo beautiful!
October 8, 2012 at 7:25AM     
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aiyd
When it comes to planting, this is a must read article.
November 1, 2012 at 2:57PM   
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10 Perennials to Extend Your Garden's Summer Color

Revive summer-weary gardens with outstanding late bloomers such as toad lily, Russian sage, blanket flower and more Full Story
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sandykra
Perennial
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Nancee McAloon
You can always view your favourite flower or scene in your own back yard regardless of water restrictions. Here are some examples. www.nancee.net
August 8, 2014 at 12:57AM     
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Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve Energy

Look to low-tech solutions for big energy savings when you’re constructing a home Full Story
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Robin
So I had a really hard time finding info on the web for my rural area, but just found some iPhone apps on solar calculations! (I haven't researched apps for wind info yet.) One thing I just read on installing solar panels: there is a common installation error made where panels are misaligned off magnetic south to true south by rotating them east rather than to the west reducing performance substantially. SEE APPENDIX B ON NOT REPEATING THE TRUE SOUTH MISTAKE...http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ECMD/Multimedia/documents/AxClimateManual_000.pdf
May 28, 2014 at 7:37AM     
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Ken Kirkham
Why do people use the term off-grid for homes attached to the grid? You may be energy efficient but you are still on-grid. Off-grid can be achieved but you likely get no refund checks and no tax incentives.

As for aligning PV panels to true south there is more than due south to calculate. Unless you live in flat country you may have the sun rise later or set earlier than the charts. In my area I gain nearly 1.5 hours in the summer and 1/2 hour in the winter by aligning the panels 30 degrees to southwest. We have a hill on the east that blocks the early morning sun and nothing on the west.
May 29, 2014 at 12:49PM   
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Houzz Tour: Complexity Hides Inside a Concrete Box

Don't be fooled by the monolithic exterior. This Canadian home is more open, light and multifaceted than it may seem Full Story
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lisainevanston
So impractical. Do real, actual people live here??? The noise from footsteps, the TV or just conversation must carry all over the house. On the first floor, bedroom occupants have to walk all the way down the hall, on view through the glass front door and windows no less, to get to the bathroom. On the second floor, guests would have to go into the master to use the ensuite, opening the closet door to use it to close off the bathroom for privacy. Better keep that closet neat and the bed made! And I don’t see window coverings anywhere. Great if you don’t mind rising at cock’s crow. This looks like some architect’s indulgent design.
July 21, 2013 at 7:56AM     
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Time-Tested, Low-Tech Ways to Cool a Home

People have been beating the heat around the world for centuries without plugging anything in. Could these ideas work for your home today? Full Story
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debluetailfly
The Fulton mansion in Fulton, TX had a ship's sail mounted on the front to direct breezes into the master bedroom. The floor joists are adjoining 2x6s, creating a solid floor. The house has survived being hit by a ship during a hurricane, thought they say the ship was destroyed.
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My Houzz: A South Australia Home Comes Down to Earth

Rammed-earth walls embrace nature, stand up to harsh coastal conditions and create an indoor-outdoor connection for this artist's home Full Story
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jlk1989
I love the feel of this home. It looks like it would fit perfectly into the Texas hill country.
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Cosh Living Designer Furniture
What a gorgeous space - the trinkets and simplicity give it a wonderfully refreshing and truly organic feel. Something like our Wicker Beaumont Sofa would be perfect in the front veranda. Thanks for sharing!
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Rammed Earth: Old Meets New in Hybrid Material

Ancient Technique Applied in Contemporary Construction Designs Full Story
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colonialgp
For some reason, houzz won't upload photo; here are photos of the house today: http://travel.webshots.com/album/569699207IAFQhl
August 16, 2011 at 12:44PM   
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John Hill
Wow, a rammed-earth house in ruin! Thanks for sharing, colonialgp. Is it sitting on a manmade plinth? Looks impressive.

I guess the phrase "from earth to earth" would apply here.
August 16, 2011 at 12:49PM   
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The Future of Backsplashes

Grout is out. Continuous sheets of glass, stone, metal and porcelain are saving cleaning time and offering more looks than ever Full Story
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luascher
Laminate Chemetal caught my eye. Does anyone have experience using it as a backsplash? Was thinking of using it for wet bar and kitchen, but need to know how it will hold up to moisture (rust?, warp?) and high heat behind commercial grade gas stove. Also, with sheet materials, how are the end edges handled? Meaning, there are areas where the backsplash will end without a border to run up against. Tiles are cut bullnose for these situations, what does one do with solid sheet applications?
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rjbuc
@old-bushy So, did the paint you used have lead in it (or was it just a VOCs issue). I agree there are way too many stupid laws here in the US, especially relating to fantasy greenhouse gases (Stop exhaling! CO2 has been designated as air pollution). However, you may have done your clients a disservice by using the outlawed materials that potentially could end up costing them big time and may end up not being worth every penny of your circuitous accomplishment.

Until that law is changed (don't hold your breath), it's still the law no mater how stupid the government is, and right now it's plenty stupid. Regardless, when/if this forbidden substance ever is discovered, your clients may be stuck with a liability for: diminished property value, difficulties with financing and/or insuring, or even out-of-pocket expenses for clean-up and removal. If you did disclose and they agreed, then they'll also need to keep in mind all the problems they could be faced with including penalties, compensation for damages (real or contrived), and all the other potentially punitive stuff.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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aespree
I like!!!
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Christine Virgin
I"d love to paint my front door and interior doors black however the rest of the house has white pvc Windows ,french windows'(glazed doors) opening onto the garden wondering if this would not be too much ?
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