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Just Passing Through: How to Make Passageways an Experience

Create a real transition between realms and interest along the way with archways, recesses, shelves and more Full Story
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If you are in an open concept home and would love a passageway, you can always create one and add storage with a built-in...

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Love all the arches and interesting secret passageways, bookcases in halls and special places. Great article!
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15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard

End the turf war for good with hardscaping, native grasses and ground covers that save water and are easier to maintain Full Story
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It's refreshing to see something different than a lawn and use materials that are sustainable and permeable. It reminds me of a project I photographed for A Yard and a Half. The designer is Barbara Popolow. It was featured in Organic Gardening magazine.
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Can't speak to the issue of heat of the rubber mulch/chips in full sunlight...my pergola is pretty much shaded except for early afternoon sun. There is no rubber odor though.
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Make Your Own Barn-Style Door — in Any Size You Need

Low ceilings or odd-size doorways are no problem when you fashion a barn door from exterior siding and a closet track Full Story
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Minwax conditioner does not seal the wood. It evens out the porosity of woods that would normally stain splotchy. You will have to clear coat that or prepare to see an unwashable handprint patina by this time next year. Or even in a couple months with regular use. Also, the water-based Minwax and oil-based gel stains are the types that can have multiple coats applied. The less expensive yellow can oil stain is a stain and sealer in one, so only one coat. Though its sealer is only a sanding sealer so you'll still need the clear coat.
Thanks for telling people to put on multiple coats 'till it looks right. So many people panic that they aren't doing something right without realizing that they just have their own aesthetic to please.
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Barn-style doors can solve lots in interior tight-space and door swing problems, especially when remodeling. In a manner similar to pocket doors they also allow a wider door opening than would be easily available with a side hinged door. Of course, you can't locate much on the wall that the door slides on and acoustic privacy is compromised.
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The Best Uses for a Bay Window

See how to furnish a bay window or merely enjoy the view more, in both casual and formal settings Full Story
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Bay window
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I have bay window envy… {sigh}
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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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The reason we do not use DC for grid is because it requires much larger gauge wire for DC current. The wiring would be cost prohibitive and more prone to overheating.

You can use DC appliances with a solar/wind system because it is close to the point of production and most off-grid houses like mine have both AC and DC appliances.

There are many DC appliances available and any appliance with a motor can be converted to DC but you have to match the proper amps.
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hqanut, moisture can be such a pain! I agree that a dryer is essential.
I live in a climate with 100% humidity. When we were overseas, the tenants didn't run the air conditioner and the change in moisture/temperature throughout the years caused the cabinets and some of the bookshelves to start to separate. (They also burned a hole in the original wood floor, put holes in the walls, broke windows, broke the septic tank lid, messed up the plumbing, ripped out the plumbing vents, stole doorknobs, stole electrical outlets, tampered with the wiring, destroyed the parquet flooring throughout the house, and never cleaned so the house became infested with mice and bugs. They also dumped trucks and other trash in our yard so we had to have someone come haul it all off after giving them a few years to move the junk themselves, and they peppered our driveway with nails and stole our street sign). Keeping a somewhat consistent range of temperature and moisture level is important. There can be some variation, but too much and its a problem.

roseglow3, it still makes me sad that the commercial development forced you to move. My yard used to be surrounded by forest on 3 sides but the timber company cut the trees down all the way around the forest. At one point they were planning to cut some of the trees in my yard and actually cut my fence and started marking the trees as theirs. We fixed the fence and covered the marks and then waited and had a word with some of their workers when we caught them trying to trespass. They didn't do it again.
My house has the front in the north with a large 400 year old oak tree in front. The porch on the north side keeps things shaded as well. The south part is open to the sun and there are a couple of windows. There is a detached carport about 20 feet away from the west side of the house and there used to be some small trees but a few of them were knocked down in a hurricane. The east side has one large room that gets sunlight but there is a pecan tree that partially shades it and then the house makes a sort of backwards L shape... It's difficult to explain without pictures. There is a sliding glass door on the south side of one large greatroom that sticks out from the rest of the house on the east. It is not the most energy efficient design. I personally would prefer smaller windows because I don't like a lot of sunlight, but my windows are huge.

I just wish I could figure out the logistics of trying to make it a bit more energy efficient without just tearing the whole place down.
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A Cool Door Feature With a Clandestine Past

Psst ... keep it under your hat, but speakeasy grilles are still around — and they’re as practical as they are full of character Full Story
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ccharters, many thanks.
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ccharters, btw, we are planning to install the insert in an inside door to our lower level, which my husband affectionately calls 'The Mancave' :)
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Building on a Budget? Think ‘Unfitted’

Prefab buildings and commercial fittings help cut the cost of housing and give you a space that’s more flexible Full Story
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Jannie - in Europe that is very common. the idea of the component (as opposed to built-in) kitchen was born there. Ikea and Bulhaupt have brought that idea stateside recently. I saw an episode of House Hunters International where an American family was surprised to learn this. It is important to understand different cultures/countries have different approaches. It doesn't make it bad, just different. Knowledge is power. :)
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I guess it's a "youth thing" to be surprised that kitchens don't have to come with built-ins. The homes I grew up in did not have built-in cabinets or appliances, although they did have generous walk-in pantries. The same was true for the homes we owned as young marrieds.

When we moved to Florida, I brought my range, refrigerator and a couple of free-standing cabinets with me. Thankfully, the first home we lived in down here had been built in the 1920's and I was able to use them.

Back when I was first married (ok, a zillion years ago), buying good appliances and having free-standing cabinets you took with you when you moved was the norm. The built-in kitchens people take for granted today were seen mostly in expensive homes back then. And rather than being purchased separately and then installed, they were built by talented carpenters whether professional or hobbyists. I still remember watching my father, whose hobby was woodworking, build a beautiful corner cabinet in our kitchen as a gift for my mother. It was the kitchen's only built-in, and that kitchen functioned very well.
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How to Choose the Right Solar Lights

Learn about different types of outdoor solar lights, where to use them and why you might want to avoid the bargain bin Full Story
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@szrick, thanks a lot for your comments. It's great knowing the background of why my new solar lamps from the same company no longer have the little photocells on top. I appreciate you opening up a little mystery. I love the way technology is always evolving the things we use every day.
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I made these glass blown globes for my yard. It uses a mini solar panel to send power to the 12v bulb inside the globe
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Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth

Minnesota winters are no match for this heated potting room, mudroom and changing room, which even has a dog shower Full Story
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I need that spherical light fixture.
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Jannie
Amazing! If I still lived in Norway (way colder than Minnesota) I would have been overjoyed to have a room like this. Norway has heated floors as a given, but a potting/mud room - wow! However (sigh) I live in the sunny paradise of Santa Rosa, CA now. And my roses have been blooming for almost a month!
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Great Garden Combo: Rose + Clematis for Small-Space Impact

We all need somebody to lean on. And when a rose supports a climbing vine, the results can totally transform a small garden Full Story
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Capeanner it may just be that you inadvertently selected a combination which wasn't a good match. I think you'd find the book I recommended very helpful and you should be able to find it in your library
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Thank you! The flowers are beautiful. I live in zone 4, we still have snow, can't wait until springs arrival.
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Why You Might Want to Build a House of Straw

Straw bales are cheap, easy to find and DIY-friendly. Get the basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material Full Story
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Making a house made from straw- this sounds a very cool idea but I will still prefer the conventional brick and mortar house because of the fear of fire and other natural disasters. It may be possible that I am completely wrong as many of the comments ahead of mine have mentioned that it is fire resistant.
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The only problem I had with insurance is that USAA made me get a contractor's estimate since they weren't able to assess the value on their own. Love my straw house.
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Evoke Mystery and History With Moss in the Garden

Go ahead, lie about age. Moss on garden statues, planters and pavers creates the beautifully deceptive look of time’s passing Full Story
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@Mary Cummins - Let the rest of the community help you with your bathroom and post your question in our Advice section: http://www.houzz.com/discussions/design-dilemma
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I have separate bathroom and toilet both small rooms want to get ideas for both.
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Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil

This shrub’s violet-blue flowers and silvery foliage brighten low-water gardens all year long Full Story
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suzn2105
Reminds me of Texas Sage - Leucophyllum frutescens - which is also a hardy and drought tolerant (at least it is in my area).
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I thought it was our hardy, fabulous deer resistant Texas Sage until I got through the article.
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Houzz Tour: A LEED Platinum Home With Farmhouse Style

Equally charming and efficient, this pad in upstate New York houses a dance studio, a music room and plenty of warm, inviting living space Full Story
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Simply put: Gorgeous.
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Beautiful home. Personally, I'm sooooo tired of yellow.
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Great Solutions for Low Kitchen Windowsills

Are high modern cabinets getting you down? One of these low-sill workarounds can help Full Story
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Thank you for this wonderful article! We are renovating a 1911 cottage and the architect has suggested floating the kitchen sink over a low existing window. I was feeling a little hesitant to do this but having seen your article I feel confident that it's the right thing to do. Also great to get tips on preserving the original fabric of an old house.
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How easy is it to operate a double hung window with a sink floated in front of a low window? The advantage would be the ability to clean under the sink. When we lived in a turn of the century bungalow with the original cabinets, the base of the sink cabinet was the floor. There were door but no cabinet floor. It made it easy to clean under the sink.
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How to Grow Your Own Luscious Cherries

Nope, they’re not the easiest fruit to grow. But with spectacular blossoms and pies as possibilities, cherries are sure worth a try Full Story
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Not only do the birds get the cherrys but they wake you up at 4:30 am doing it
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I wish i can have a cherry tree my husband eat it as a antioxidant for his gout it helps
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How to Grow Your Own Juicy Plums

Easier than other stone fruits and with a variety of colors to choose from, plums are a versatile garden addition Full Story
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Be sure to plant your plum tree far away from any area that you don't want tons of squishy fruit all over! They also throw tons of suckers off their roots. As much as I love the fruit I cant stand the mess, this is the last year for my plum tree.
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I planted a Santa Rosa plum and was just about to get a harvest when our subcontractor left the plastic mesh deer fence open, and the deer ate every single plum and as much of the tree as they could reach. They now try to sneak in to eat the trees by lifting the deer fence across the driveway with their antlers and sneaking in - they lay down and get their antlers under the fence and lift it up and wiggle under. Wow, are they into plums! We weighted down the deer fence so hopefully we get the plums this year.
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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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Love growing tomatoes!
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Heirloom beans. Yum.
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Houzz Tour: Picture-Perfect Simplicity

It’s like camping out in a catalog sometimes at this classic farmhouse — Pottery Barn and other retailers love it for photo shoots Full Story
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A lot of effort went into this house to make it look so effortless. Beautiful.
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I was enthralled by that log wall. Over the weekend I consolidated all of our smaller log piles into one long undulating one, copying yours. I love it. I got wicked poison ivy from doing it, but it was worth it. Thanks for the inspiration!
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What to Shop for in Cabinet Hardware and Millwork

Learn about finishing touches for kitchen and bath cabinets to pick the options that will work best for you Full Story
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Jim Hederman - Cabinets can be installed either way. I've always done it the way you have. Test fit and level toe kicks, then put in the floor, then trim and re-install toe kicks.
It seems to me flooring is replaced more often than cabinets. And you aren't paying for square footage of flooring you'll never see. Flooring that you have to put holes through to mount the base cabinets. It does inhibit changing the shape of the kitchen if remodeling though, because then you have to replace the floor.
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Good article for preparing ideas for my new kitchen
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Grow a Kitchen Garden in 16 Square Feet

Got a sunny 4-by-4 space? You can make meals more interesting with your own vegetables and herbs Full Story
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diannthusdesigns
you can put the seeds down in early spring, or young plants after the last freeze
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Marigolds aren't just there to brighten the patch up they are essential if you are looking to try and limit the use of chemical sprays to deter unwanted pests. Marigolds attract beneficial mini beasts (hover flies, lady birds etc) who then in turn eat the aphids etc There are other beneficial flowers that do the same job if you aren't so keen on vibrant orange. Chamomile, daisy, flowering onion garlic, sunflowers amongst others do the job too. Leave nettles growing wild if you can as this is where ladybirds live. Have fun and hope this helps!
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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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The blossoms are pretty too! Here is a dwarf Rochester peach.
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Thank you 7tracey. Very informative site
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10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts

Have a meeting a week before hammers and shovels fly to make sure everyone’s on the same page Full Story
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Im glad the article helped.
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Good ideas
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How to Design a Storybook Cottage

A client’s request: “Build me a house where Disney meets Tudor.” The architect explores the details that make the style Full Story
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Came across this today while browsing at HGTV Gardens site. For those whose pocketbook is smaller than their home/garden dreams (like me!), maybe a little hobbit hole (add trees, vines, ferns), below. The blurb says suitable for sleepovers, tho' maybe just little kids:
"Wooden Wonders’ hobbit holes turn backyards into whimsical wonderlands. The brand-new playhouse version Woodshire, produced in Unity, Maine, is an enclosed space ideal for summer sleepovers and imagination-filled play dates, from $2,390 at www.wooden-wonders.com
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Wonderful article and pictures! I love everything storybook! I have a tudor home with custom castle doors and a custom fireplace my husband built. He also built this storybook shed for our yard.
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Great Plants for Lush, Low-Water Gardens

Water restrictions making your garden look washed out? Give it living color with unthirsty grasses, flowers and succulents Full Story
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My favorite childhood memory is from one summer at the lake. My family was staying at our cottage and one day, my father, who liked to wander in the woods, came back so exited. Everyone else was too busy doing their own thing, but me, as in character, was simply splashing my feet in the lake - sitting on the dock. I followed my dad, and he brought me to a place that was formerly swamp. Large trees, but no underbrush or plants--- simply a padded carpet of moss under the tree canopy. It was so beautiful, I can still see it to this day. I tried to find the moss room years after as an adult, but it wasn't there. It must have been a result of the climate conditions for that year, I'll never forget it though- it still exists vividly in my memories.
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charlielou, I love moss. It feels so good under bare feet!
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Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground

Don’t let its delicate looks fool you. This ground cover can survive extreme cold and heat, and with little water to boot Full Story
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Denise - the Zone is the COLDEST place they can survive.
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Does anyone know if bunnies like to eat the tender new growth on this plant? Could it possibly be rabbit-proof?? Everything I've planted with the exception of cactus and agave have been mowed down within days of planting, even when there are established plants of the same variety (here when we bought the place a year ago in Lake Havasu City, AZ). Suggestions for rabbit-resistant ornamentals are appreciated!
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10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers

Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix Full Story
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An insight on how to mix the Planting Soil? I dump layers on a large tarp and pull one edge over to the other side, rolling the ingredients back and forth in several directions til I'm satisfied with the blend.
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Thanks Steve for the great article & terrific tips! I'm in S Florida & can no longer put my plants in the ground like I used up north since the slugs, snails & lizards seem to feast upon the tender young plants. I started using containers inside a fully screened in area and the tomato & pepper plants are doing ok but have been battling loads of white fly. My basil has also developed black spot fungus, it seems to be a constant struggle.
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