Holly


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Tour a Fantastical Tree House for Kids and Adults Too

For an architect and a master woodworker, a magical tree house answers the question, ‘What would you do if you could do anything?’ Full Story
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Ali Amini
I love you so much Huozz
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alexandra1215
I have long been a fan of treehouses and not just for kids! This is a beautiful example. I would love to have one just like this.
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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@woozy

If you have not been successful at using solar and passive in your house I would suggest you talk to the many people and professionals that are using it successfully in Austin.

The savings come from concentrating on the “envelope,” or the walls, windows and doors. The windows are triple-paned. At twelve inches thick, the walls sport layers of insulation. Passive houses are virtually airtight.

Because little air escapes, it doesn’t take much to keep it comfortable inside. An energy recovery ventilator circulates the air.
http://www.greenenergy-money.com/case_study/texas_passive_house/

A deep retrofit of this Austin, Texas house resulted in a HERS rating of 40 and energy costs of just $916 per year!

Best of luck to you!
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woozy99
That house has a 1.5 ton AC system, attached to the electric company!

It certainly isn't anything like the passive-house you described. Even the net-zero houses located in the Austin area have either grid-tied electricity, or very expensive solar systems combined with high-cost building techniques.

If a person is interested in solar or wind power in a hot area, I would recommend spending some time on a forum like Arizona Wind-Sun for a financial reality check. The technology is coming to make AC-from-solar cost effective, but we aren't there yet.
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How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Veggies and Plants

Whether you’re farming your parking strip or beautifying your backyard, a planting box you make yourself can come in mighty handy Full Story
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Basalite Concrete Products
You can also make beautiful planter boxes and garden beds out of concrete block. The benefits to using block are numerous- block doesn't rot, it comes in a variety of colors, it's easy to build with (no screws, hammers etc. are needed) and you can create interesting shapes and designs!

If you go here, you can get some tips on how to build and you can get some free instructions, too: http://info.basalite.com/blog/bid/182674/Tips-for-Building-a-Concrete-Planter-Box-for-Your-Garden-Landscape
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jd10025
Lovely raised beds, this gives great inspiration to even the smallest or shaded garden owner and means you get a feature bench and protected bed for your veggies, herbs or gorgeous delicates to grow in.
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How to Babyproof Your Yard

Oh, baby, it’s a wild world. Make it safer for your young one with these strategies from a pro Full Story
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rouxb
Once again, not talking "childhood".
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Hugh Janus
jahilton, good article link. thanks.
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New Ways to Think About All That Mulch in the Garden

Before you go making a mountain out of a mulch hill, learn the facts about what your plants and soil really want Full Story
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trishideas
Sheila Schmitz --thank you!
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MFAMB--thank you!
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If You Have Room for Only One Summer Crop ...

Get an edible that’s long on flavor even if you’re short on space, with a long-time gardener’s favorite picks Full Story
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Erika Bierman Photography
Love growing tomatoes!
April 11, 2014 at 3:51am     
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irudnus
Heirloom beans. Yum.
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If You Have Room for Only One Fruit Tree ...

Juice up a small garden with one of these easier-care or worth-the-effort fruit trees for a mild climate Full Story
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saloonster
The blossoms are pretty too! Here is a dwarf Rochester peach.
April 3, 2014 at 5:44am     
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Taragin Homes
Thank you 7tracey. Very informative site
April 3, 2014 at 2:43pm   
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My Houzz: 2 Tools + 1 Resourceful Guy = Lots of Great ‘New’ Furniture

With scrap wood and a hands-on attitude, a San Francisco renter on a tight budget furnishes his bedroom and more Full Story
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stevedenver
I really like seeing how innovation and prioritization works in this small space. Houzz can often feel like the domain of those who have unlimited resources. I prefer Hoff's unlimited vision.
April 9, 2014 at 1:19am     
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Fantastic,so beautifull
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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chookchook2
He he. Happy Easter to all.
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chocolizard
I very happily installed an old olive oil barrel under a downspout of my garage. I was raised so I would have pressure, had an overflow and a tap at the bottom, all ready! After a month of using my beautiful barrel on assorted veggies and house plants the turned yellow and died..... Unfortunately I then realize that my neighbor's black walnut tree overhangs my roof, so that even though it was at least 20 foot away there was enough detritus to make the water tea colored. My poor plants watered with black walnut tree juice, sigh..
Moved the barrel to my house roof and all is good now.
You should check out Bermuda if you want to see interesting water collection. Every house is required to have a collection system and large cisterns. It gives the whole island a unique appearance.
I believe the roofs are made of limestone and they have been collecting rain water for 400 years! Check out this video it has lots of information and some great photos.
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Grow a Beautiful Garden With Ecofriendly Greywater

Reducing home water waste means lower bills and a healthier planet. Here's how to set up a greywater home irrigation system that can help Full Story
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victoran
So glad people are using grey water. My dad used washing machine and kitchen sink water to water his yard 60 years ago.
March 27, 2014 at 7:06pm     
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kat sabine
We're big fans of grey water in the drought southwest, but last summer I killed off a bunch of well-established shade bushes when my hose from the washer was in my side yard and the water was too hot. It burned the roots of my plants and I've had to start over! now I use it to green up the local grass we can't seem to get rid of. For years, I've had a hose off my air conditioner as well to drip into my sweet potato vines.
March 30, 2014 at 10:58pm     
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10 Easy Edibles to Grow in Containers

No garden ground doesn’t have to mean no home-grown food. These herbs, veggies and fruits are just as happy in a pot Full Story
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Steve Masley Consulting and Design
Victoran, make sure you boost the pots up off the ground with spacers (don't block the drain hole!), or move the pots every season. If the pots are resting on the ground, the tree roots will migrate up through the drain holes and into the pots. I was called out to troubleshoot a container garden that had 1/2-inch tree roots coming up through the bottom. They had been in the same place for a couple of years.
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Sylvia Reynolds-Blakely
RollingPlanter.com. i like your ethos. Makes sense to have rolling containers until you know how much sun your favorite plants need.
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