Dar Eckert


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Mysticism and Meaning Meet in an Ohio Artist’s Gardens

Step into landscape scenes rife with symbolism, inspired by math, philosophy and the stars Full Story
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I'm really not into metaphysics, but I do very much appreciate a lovely structure and gardens.
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Love every inch of this nature experience. The fact that metaphysics has enhanced it is a bonus for those of us who have explored it. Those who have not can't and won't appreciate the total experience. Thanks for sharing.
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Garden-Friendly Native Alternatives to Overplanted Exotics

There are lots of gorgeous, wildlife-friendly native plants ready to make an appearance in your garden Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Thanks for the article. For the record, deer love Hosta they eat mine to the root at the lake.
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29286gl
I love all the great alternative plants. However, I live in zone 9 and do not see any suggestions.
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Susan Beecher
I am really loving Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) but it does need some space to spread out horizontally. It has lovely bronze new foliage and little yellow flowers. Also Shrubby St. John's Wort (Hypericum prolificum) is a charming well-behaved smallish shrub that doesn't mind shade. These are both native to Michigan and other parts of the East and Midwest.
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Want a More Colorful, Natural Garden? Try a Perennial Meadow

Spend less time tending and more time taking in the sights by improving on Victorian and prairie garden designs Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Fabulous photos. But where to start?
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Love it! I want to experiment using this style with drought tolerant plants in my Southern Cali yard.
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Laurie Smith
I agree that the porch needs to be extended across the front of your home. I would suggest that your columns on your new front porch have an Arts & Crafts influence.
Below are pics of an 1970's home that I remodeled a couple of years ago. I know you don't want to spend much money, but "beefing up" the porch supports will give you a lot of band for you buck! Good luck!
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Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

Keep your skin and the environment healthy with a pool that cleans itself, naturally Full Story
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True, Grace at times when you receive timely rain, your evaporation is offset. The operative is timely rain which is usually not so timely. Properties on their own well also save in water costs, but most properties are on city water. It would be enlightening to hear what pump you use that only requires $30 a month. Perhaps you generate your own electricity?

Our work has no need for adding bacteria or the expense of uv-filters.
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There are some natural pool additives that are completely safe for humans & animals. They keep the water clear by prohibiting the algae growth. We even sell these products on our website. Don't give all "chemicals" a bad name :)
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10 Reasons to Love Banquettes (Not Just in the Kitchen)

They can dress up a space or make it feel cozier. Banquettes are great for kids, and they work in almost any room of the house Full Story
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We built in a banquette for our kitchen last year by creating a box bay window for one of the benches. This freed up space in the kitchen so that a converted buffet became an island to separate dining end from kitchen. The table is larger than we wanted but was a fantastic find at $300CA. There are gliders on the pedestal bottoms to slide it easily, and no one gets stuck in the middle at the back. I find that most people really enjoy relaxing against cushions (I've put in more) and when the family gathers, the space actually seems to bring us closer. Everyone relaxes, they don't panic about moving, and overall the vibe has been great since we've put it in. I'd incorporate a banquette in every kitchen from now on. You need to get good quality foam and choose comfortable fabrics.
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28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About

Learn how to refinish your wood deck, make a garden fountain, add a shed and more Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Love your ideas. Note: the ramp doesn't seem wide enough for wheel chairs & add a handrail. Pay particular attention to the transition from ground to ramp. Dirt can wash away and make accessing the ramp difficult.
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Very nice idea book! A couple thoughts. A built in BBQ looks great but remember it is exposed to the elements year round (unless it's under cover). I have yet to see a BBQ that won't sooner or later rust or rot out over time. When that happens you have to find a new BBQ that's an exact fit. I don't know, is there a standard for BBQ's like kitchen stoves? If not good luck! Second, someone wondered if people use their outdoor rooms;the answer is yes. Here in the PNW we use ours 9 months a year, far more often than we use our dining room!
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Hide the AC unit - Nice idea but be careful not to restrict airflow. Your AC needs quite a bit of clearance to draw in air. Feet - not just inches. Check with your AC service technician first.
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Dar Eckert
Paint the garage door the color of the siding. Then go with stained driveway.
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If you are worried that the door would look like a black hole you could paint it black and use the pattern of the rectangles to maybe paint a slightly glossier black or a gray. As to the comment above, you can see not everyone might like it. It depends really on what you like... As long as it makes you happy. I would love to see what you end up doing... :)
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karenginas
Before I went black. I would try siding color either just on the raised panels first. Then maybe on the frames leaving only the routed edges of the panels white.. It's easier to go from light to dark colors
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Dar Eckert
Can you just pull it away from the wall slightly and turn it slightly toward the right?
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Maureen
There are anti-glare screens for televisions, but I can't comment on how well they work. Link to their ad below. https://www.glarestopper.com/?gclid=CJSZ_7CQ4cACFWFk2wodTigAVA
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bungalowmo
You need to close drapes on opposite wall. Glare from sunlight can only be rectified by moving the tv or closing the curtains.

Of course, you could always get a non reflective screened tv.

Sunlight is never a friend of video. Reminds me of a scenerio I had at work. My company decided to make an atrium into a conference room. I told them fine, as long as they're not needing video. Sure enough...they brought in a table top projector. They called me because it was hard to see. I came to the room & they asked if I could make the projector "brighter".

My reply...."Not brighter than the SUN"!!
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csd50854
to bad the lounge part of the sofa is there. you could turn the sofa facing the windows and slide 2 easy chairs and a small table between them to give you more seating
Also maybe do the storage units and place the tv between them
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Dar Eckert
Looks like fabulous views from both sets of windows. How about moving the shelving to the TV wall and put the TV on the shelves? Back the sofa up to the edge of the ceiling height change. Add a free standing closet next to the door (like the kind suggested above). Get a larger rug and add a chair in the space by the window that was freed up by moving the sofa toward the door. Get a rectangular coffee table. Add another chair by the windows on the left side of the room. You could use the current TV stand behind your sofa on the door side. Scoot the table more to the center of the room instead of so close to the windows.

Show us how the room turned out?
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pretty good...except I would have broken up the area a little more...too much stone
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Dar Eckert
Yes, I prefer the before photo. It could be more modern looking without the rustic mantle and accents. Now what are you going to do with that big white wall?
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Dar Eckert
Oh yes, you could do much better for your lovely home. More variety in both flowers and leaf color would help. Start over by removing everything. You will need to go to a landscaper for a plan. Since you already have an idea of what you want, getting recommendations on specific plant choices will be helpful. Maybe you could move some of your plants like the maple tree that is too close to the house and blocks the window. It would look better on the outer curve of the bed between the sidewalk. Would love to see the hostas or another short flowering plant (day lilies?) under the windows instead of the hedges. However, a landscaper could give you better ideas so you have something blooming all season & some winter interest too!
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thedarlingsbecca
Dar, Than you for your ideas and thoughts. I like the idea of moving the Japanese Maple Tree. It has been protected in that spot, but has outgrown it. I will have to check on whether it can be moved and survive. I doubt if I will hire a landscaper, as much as I would love to be able to do so. I have enjoyed experimenting with plantings.
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Dar Eckert
Nice airy space. The first thing I would do is try turning your dining table 90 degrees to give the fireplace area more space. Then get a comfy chair to put in the space where the shelves are. Alternatively, you could get a few stools/poufs by the fireplace. Then I would enlarge and frame the prints (prints at least 24" tall), consider black & white prints with black frames. Make them all the same size and either all landscape or all portrait. Hang them in a line across the nook area. Good luck!
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Birds eye View from my pre-renovation Sketchup models...
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Sandy
Re not finding Marimekko fabric, I would seriously consider just framing up a large piece of canvas and seeing what a local art class could do with it. Make it a challenge, pick one design and have it done large. I'm amazed at the talent of some young people here. looking forward to seeing the end results. I did window coverings one time by using lathe to make a frame, stapling around the edges and just popped them into place floor to ceiling. The landlord didn't want me hanging drapes.
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HI -- The trick to a small galley kitchen is to have the major appliances on the one side , like the fridge and the stove . And the sink and dishwasher on the other side . This way it gives you all counter space on the sink side and storage and equipment on the other . Here is how I would plan yours . Appliance side starting at window --- small full height pantry cabinet , then the fridge , then a drawer cabinet , then the stove , then a cabinet to the end .
Now the other side starting at the window , dishwasher then the sink and the rest of the run are base cabinets and with upper cabinets .
If you got condo size appliances such as for the fridge and or better would be fridge drawers . Also dishwasher drawers too. are possibilities . You are still going to have issues getting by some areas but this plan will make it a lot better to function in. And you will have more storage and counter space . This plan will also work better even with your current appliances if you can not afford the new ones right now . Also note , the microwave can go in a upper cabinet over the dishwasher.
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Dar Eckert
Wow! a Blast from the past. The color of the sofa is very versatile. I would go with turquoise. Then turquoise and butter yellow and coral for accents. Time to retire the green and pink.
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Connie Darlene
Not keeping anything in the room. Flooring will be a dark hardwood. Panel walls will be removed. Pretty much a blank canvas. Yes @bluenan I love it too much to see it go. I'm hoping a little paint will revitalize it and bring it to the 21st century lol
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Vintage Jazz.....
Wow ....and double wow
Love love that coffee table come seating pouf .
Maybe the sofa one colour.....
Then the chair another.....
And then maybe one side of the pouf....
the colour of the sofa .....
And the other side .....
Being the colour of the chair ...
maybe lighting up the wood part of the table (don't paint the table )
Adding Fab big whimsical cushions ....
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Love faded brick....I would paint the garage doors Ben Moore Somerville Red.
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wow, that is a tall opening for a doorway. Since your second photo shows the opening in relative close proximity to normal height doorways, I would lower the height to match that. I don't think it would make the door look too stubby. Especially since you may be doing a barn door style. Barn doors are typically wide and not skinny anyway.

If you are concerned it would be too stubby, you could do a split sliding application that has two panels where each panel would look more like a regular door.

I included a few photos that use hardware similar to ours to perhaps help you envision your options.
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Dar Eckert
Not sure how you will handle the corner of the shower, I guess glass enclosure will work best. Glad you found a solution.
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Well, freestanding can be knock outs!

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The freestanding tubs are beautiful, the only real con that I see, having had one, is that they are somewhat difficult to clean around if the space is tight.
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Dar Eckert
Hang curtains along the entire wall from floor to ceiling. Opening in the middle so you can slide them partially open in the middle or pulled across the door and one side. Here's a few ideas.

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September 9, 2014 at 2:55PM        Thanked by Emily C
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Oh, Dar, I misread your message -- that may work, just having two curtains and pulling them across the door when we want to block out the light. I'm still a little worried about having a big curtain rod with the curtains usually just on the end of the wall, but I think I should give that a try before getting four!
September 10, 2014 at 7:59AM   
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You can always get a white curtain rod so it blends in to the wall, that may be less of an eyesore for you!
September 10, 2014 at 4:43PM   
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I'd remove the clumpy shrubs and rework the landscaping with something more loose and less rigid and soldierly. Get a local nursery to help you install one that will have interest in all your local seasons. It might include and ornamental tree in front of the large window but you may have to remove some of the concrete there. You do have a lot of it. Consider staining it and the porch a darker color and having a stamped design added for more interest and less of an "in your face" entry to the home. If the two dormers are just stick on decoration, I'd remove them and simplify the roof line. You might also replace the slim tapered columns with square ones that will repeat the flavor of the blocky coins and two windows flanking the center arched one on that front gabled wing. You could take your trim and garage door to a deeper greige color and a deep green on the door and storm.
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Your house is great! If I had to change something, it would be the landscaping. I'm not a fan of hedges lined up like a fence.

Changing out the landscaping would show the house off even more!
September 9, 2014 at 2:02PM     
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9 Simple Ways to Savor Summer’s Final Days

Go ahead, ignore the calendar. Stretch out that easygoing, warm-weather feeling with these ideas for indoors and out Full Story
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September 8, 2014 at 8:05AM   
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sherrytem
Markmittlemark, I love all of your poems and look forward to each one. Keep it up and thanks for sharing them..
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blueeagleeye
Begging your pardon, but under Item #2, the song "Summer Breeze" was originally written and performed by Seals & Crofts. Their version is beautifully mellow - as summer should be. Love the ideas, though!
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Houzz Tour: Up and Out Around a Heritage Tree

A Texas ranch house gets a modern makeover and a two-story addition that wraps around a protected backyard elm Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Nice makeover!
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mirailana
is that the same house ? cant believe.
September 9, 2014 at 7:05PM   
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carly84
Beautifully done. Love seeing a great restoration!!!
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5 Questions to Ask Before Installing a Barn Door

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nljordan
Neat idea for sliding doors
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Katy Jordan
Because we have a tiny master bath and claustrophic walk-in (barely big enough for hubbie's clothes!), we've decided to get rid of our 30" sink and put a linen closet in its place, then tear down the wall into the closet and put a double sink there. To deal with the lack of closet that would created, we decided we didn't need all the space we had in our bedroom, so we're framing in two reach-in closets where we now have a blank wall (just need to move my dresser). I will SO be putting barn doors on the closets!!! We'll build the openings to a regular size so that if someone wants to put up standard doors later they'll be able to without too much trouble, but the barn door just calls to me. Now to figure out the style to use! I like the idea of the mirrors to bounce some light around (and provide some perspective when getting dressed!) and I really liked the example above, with the separate mirrors put together - much better than the usual mirrored closet doors - which always look very '80s apartment' to me.
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Dar Eckert
How about a baby grand for the space?
September 7, 2014 at 6:39AM     
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If you are sure a bar is going to go where the piano niche area is currently I believe the sittee will be very nice only rearrange it so it is straight. Add a small table at each end to use for drinks. Maybe use a chandelier of some kind over the seating area. It's a start!
September 9, 2014 at 8:49PM     
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Interior Affairs: my chandelier is on order! So you suggest two settees that are straight and facing each other? Rectangular coffee table in the center or no?
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Dar Eckert
How about a basket of fresh socks/slipper socks by the door? I always feel uncomfortable about bare feet in someone else's home or if you have a hole in your sock.
September 7, 2014 at 6:34AM   
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Snaggy
I am in the UK ...never taken my shoes off as guest in some ones house !
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Hello, since your coffee table is round...guess a round carpet could work as long as there is little space all round it ...(not abutting the wall) as the room is square...a huge hanging light fixture above the coffee table ...(may be a chandelier) could add to the concentricity....good luck to figure out traffic issues! A carpet with prints & more than a colour & good texture could hide the dirt a little bit...
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If there are enough cabinets then I would suggest a piece of art. If its the photo displayed - that wall is screaming for a piece of art.
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September 6, 2014 at 7:14AM   
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Dar Eckert
Can you take a photo(s) of the entire area? Not sure of what you are moving to where.
September 6, 2014 at 7:16AM   
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Is there a good view out those windows? If the view is good, I would try to place the sofa directly across from the windows .Looks like a very tight space. I would consider removing the 1/2 wall to make the area appear larger. Without the 1/2 wall, you will have more flexibility in furniture placement. Get a round footstool and poufs for extra seating. Then place your chair to one side as not sure how much space you have.
September 6, 2014 at 7:13AM   
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2014diane
I would move the couch to the half wall and put two chairs and a table along the other wall with the chairs close to the corner. The blank part of the wall could have larger art, a leaning floor mirror or a counsel table.
September 6, 2014 at 11:02AM   
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lefty47
HI -- That's it ... the house has to be torn down !!! lol -- How did this house end up being built like this ? How does the outside look ? Can that dividing half wall be removed ? Depending on the sofa size , it looks like that is the only spot for one is in front of the wall. As for the sharp corner , I wouldn't put too much there . Perhaps just a big potted palm/plant and maybe a lounge chair with a small side table and or a floor lamp.
September 6, 2014 at 11:32AM   
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Is this room only a living room? Looks like you could put dining area across from the bathroom or to the right of the door. I really hate the location of the bathroom as the it opens right out in the main living area. Can the door be moved to another location?
September 2, 2014 at 2:57PM   
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jcoop197
If you split it in to sections one would be 13x10 and the other would be 10x20 neither of which would be optimal for a living or dining room. Currently the furniture is on one side of the door and the tv and entertainment center are on the other 20 feet away
September 3, 2014 at 2:19PM   
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feeny
That's a good example, and I would make the upper cabinet angled as well for consistency.
September 2, 2014 at 2:38PM   
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Dar Eckert
Its a simple fix really. Just angle the cabinet by the door.
September 2, 2014 at 2:46PM   
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Dar Eckert
We put a skylight in our dark bathroom. Never regret it for a minute.
September 2, 2014 at 7:56AM        Thanked by Carla Baldwin
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gmims
Is the trim of the mirror gold or silver? and would the table next to the fireplace work in the foyer? This is a cute table that may give you some ideas; also it will also reflect light.
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That table by our window is too wide for the hallway. The one above would be nice. We could do either gold or silver for the mirror so the table you are showing could,work.
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Dar Eckert
Don't think you could get plants to grow there. They need light.
September 1, 2014 at 7:09AM   
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studio10001
Your stairlift occupant will spend more time looking at the opp. side wall than others will so, after adding a rail, consider blowing up a favourite photo of theirs, and having it tinted, framed and lit. If the other alcove remains, placing a few handbuilt pieces there would be enough to support the enlargement.
September 2, 2014 at 11:20AM   
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rocketjcat
I agree with the other posters that the deep ledge is rather a waste of space. There are 3 adjacent walls that might have the potential for expanding into it (assuming they are not outside walls) It's a huge dust collector with no way to clean it or anything you put on it. Or could you just open it up into the stairway? I would put a large painting over the narrow ledge, and perhaps change that light fixture for something lower that you can access easier to change the bulbs? Get your wow from the art and the lighting.
September 2, 2014 at 11:53AM     
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Dar Eckert
Seems like a small retaining wall along both sides of the house would help immensely but they are costly, The retaining wall would be placed on the slope of the hill and serve to direct water away from your house. I get the impression that you are not a gardener so definitely get info from a landscaper about plants that require minimum maintenance/water.
August 31, 2014 at 1:34PM   
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I agree with taking out the shrubs. Instead install some Hanging Garden Trellises from grownsolutions.com. They can be hung in front of windows for a natural air conditioning, privacy screen effect, or installed over bare walls to create a beautiful non-invasive green wall. Either way they would create a very unique focal point to your front yard. They are also portable so you can re-arrange their placement or move them out of harms way during inclement weather.
September 1, 2014 at 11:32AM   
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Dar Eckert
Wouldn't recommend painting the foundation black, it draws too much attention to it. The area between sidewalk and foundation is a hard area to landscape due to the alkalinity from the concrete and dryness. Talk to a landscaper about what to use in your area. What area are you in?
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Dar Eckert
Keep in mind water requirements as hydrangeas are perfect but water guzzlers.
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bettesfiddle
It's a beautiful house and I like the shutters and wouldn't take then off.
August 31, 2014 at 6:22PM   
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You could install some Hanging Garden Trellises from grownsolutions.com. They can be hung in front of windows for a natural air conditioning, privacy screen effect, or installed over bare walls to create a beautiful non-invasive green wall. They are also portable so you can re-arrange their placement or move them out of harms way during inclement weather.
September 1, 2014 at 11:37AM   
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The Inevitable Future of Drones Around Your Home

As Google joins the push for airborne deliveries, it seems only a matter of time before neighborhoods are buzzing with drones. Is that OK? Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Drones have their place but they should have designated routes. In this area they would make great target practice.
August 31, 2014 at 12:09PM     
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Dar Eckert
Yes, they would be more fuel efficient but too bad about all the truck drivers, they're SOL. This is why we don't have jobs but it's inevitable anyway.
August 31, 2014 at 1:22PM     
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therealoracle
arribe, they already are. TV, Internet, yada, yada. Various waveforms.
September 4, 2014 at 2:47PM   
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Chris Hoftyzer
the good outweighs the bad
September 4, 2014 at 6:07PM     
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PS. Line your walkway with your boxwoods or ilex (hard to see what they are) so you have a continuous hedge in a few years.
Put tall evergreens ( spring for something at least 8', don't wait for this) on either side of the door, planted right in the ground.
K & J
August 31, 2014 at 8:08AM     
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August 31, 2014 at 1:13PM     
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Dar Eckert
What color do you like? Here's a thought for you, look at the covered walkway on this house. Something like that would look good on yours too!

August 31, 2014 at 1:07PM      Thanked by mytwo
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Dar Eckert
Loose the hedges and paint the fence and window cover pale blue. Get rid of the shutters!
August 31, 2014 at 1:02PM   
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Angel18432
Actually the fence might be nice if we could see it. Also, get rid of the little shutters each side of window.
August 31, 2014 at 1:31PM   
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I would take out the shrubs and the fence behind it to open up the courtyard area. Then for the bare walls I would install some hanging garden trellises from grownsolutions.com
September 1, 2014 at 11:51AM   
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K Kun
Thanks I was thinking of putting a narrow tree on each side of the stairs at the back near the house. What would you suggest? Something 5 to 7 ft tall I was thinking
August 31, 2014 at 10:43AM   
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Dar Eckert
Replace your railings with white wood to match the trim on the awning above your door.

Take out your existing sidewalk in front of your house and make it wider and similar to the sidewalk on the side of your home. Make a wide curve in the sidewalk from the side walk on the right side of your yard to connect with the front walk.

Then plant the area from the white fence to your new sidewalk with flowering shrubs and perennial flowers. Fill the entire area to the street. There will be a large area between your new curved sidewalk and the house. Fill that area with a mix of shrubbery and flowers, unfortunately, you'll need to redo the bed on the right side of the house. You could really use some taller plants in there anyway. Then clear the bed on the left side of the house where you have the barrel planter and put a small tree in there like a ornamental crab or something similar in height.
August 31, 2014 at 12:57PM   
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Dar Eckert
Does the house have a second floor to utilize dormers? As far as the front yard, yes remove those overgrown shrubs & get rid of that white rock. I kind of like the brick along the driveway but I would add more. Add a 1/4 circle of brick that covers the area from the driveway to the edge of the raised step. I have attached an example although many look better than this one. You can order them to fit. We did that in the same area of the driveway and it's great to keep snowfree so can walk from the driveway to house wide and inviting. Then landscape. You will probably want to add a tree in your yard. It blocks the tall roof which is inevitable on a cape cod house. When I get home I will take a photo.

August 31, 2014 at 12:42PM        Thanked by Kevin Purdy
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Kevin Purdy
Yep. As I said above, the shrubs will definitely be going. They would have to in order to add a front porch.
September 2, 2014 at 6:05AM   
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jhayesdesigner
Remove the overgrown shrub in front of the window and the tree in front of the door. When replanting foundation shrubs, always make sure to choose plants that will not block your door or window at their mature height. I like the brick along the driveway. You can increase the interest of the driveway and porch by having a concrete pro come out to do stamped concrete designs. Ombre colors can be added too.
September 2, 2014 at 7:13AM   
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Dar Eckert
Well, go with a blue roof. Then trim around windows purple charcoal sash.
August 31, 2014 at 12:18PM        Thanked by hgtvandme
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We don't know if this is in your budget but the base of the columns you could add stone veneer. It would give a bit more of texture an color at the bottom of your home.
September 3, 2014 at 1:06PM        Thanked by hgtvandme
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hgtvandme
Thanks everyone!
Saca--this is the plan we're leaning towards :)
Rempfer--love the idea but not in the budget this year :(
New roof in a few weeks; painting early next month. Will post pics when done!!
September 3, 2014 at 1:15PM   
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Dar Eckert
Looks like Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style, Judy G. Nice!
August 31, 2014 at 12:04PM     
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wyolinda
That's very pretty, MarleneM. I'm thinking irregular rock-look brick, or actual stone shapes. Your photo definitely looks like a house in place.
August 31, 2014 at 12:52PM   
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MarleneM
Thanks, this look would suit the prairies. I would also recommend cladding the chimney in stone.
August 31, 2014 at 3:42PM   
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Dar Eckert
Sorry grown solutions, I like the views and they seem to block them. Prefer landscaping
August 31, 2014 at 12:02PM   
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apple_pie_order
Old post.
August 31, 2014 at 1:00PM   
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No worries Dar, there's just so many applications for them, it wouldn't do them justice to just limit their use to providing shade and privacy in front of windows. Anyway, to each their own.
August 31, 2014 at 1:47PM   
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Dar Eckert
August 31, 2014 at 8:31AM     
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Marlo
Love your selections! The house will be reborn and look lighter, brighter, and cleaner. You will not tire of those colors. Add a punch of color with potted flowers. Go with it!
August 31, 2014 at 8:32AM   
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apple_pie_order
Great house with lots of detail. What color is the roof?
August 31, 2014 at 8:47AM   
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Dar Eckert
I remember my parents modern house from the early 50's it had salmon trim and was brick similar to yours. For a really fun alternative color consider salmon trim to the fascia with charcoal or cream body.
August 31, 2014 at 8:21AM        Thanked by osheryl
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apple_pie_order
To find your climate zone and the appropriate plants, type your zip code into this page: http://www.garden.org/zipzone/ . For example, Zone 9B is southern California coastal and inland valleys.

Big trees are stressed by lack of water due to the drought. Hang on for a few months to see if they sprout when rain comes.
September 1, 2014 at 12:39PM     
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osheryl
I will do that . I sure hope they do because I was one of the things I loved was the large old trees. I have several in the backyard that seem to be doing alright so far. I'm assuming that they didn't get watered for many years and I'm surprised they are still alive.
September 1, 2014 at 12:53PM   
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1. Watch before you paint, hire a pro to do it as Margaret mentioned, disaster can easily occur.
2. Ditch the stove and find one that you really like such as Patricia mentioned.
3. Now you can do whatever you like with the colors. Choose your favorites,
paint at least 3 different color ways on cardboard that is at least 2' x 2', preferably larger and live with these samples during the day as the light changes in different parts of the room.
4. Then choose your color and have a pro do the painting!
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Karen & Joseph
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August 31, 2014 at 8:00AM      Thanked by osogatita
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Dar Eckert
As Pat Colwell suggested, I would remove the paneling and brick. Here are a couple of more modern looks with tile. Looks like you'll have to deal with the railings on the stairs, new door and light oak trim. It will be fun to upgrade your space.

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August 31, 2014 at 8:13AM      Thanked by osogatita
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