Jan 6, 2015 . They also keep out animals and vermin, provide ventilation under the house and minimize a house's footprint. Here are 10 houses on wooden, steel or concrete posts or pillars that will help you understand the reasons to consider taking your house to the next level by building on stilts. Contemporary..
Sep 25, 2014 . Protect your soil from weeds and drought this summer with a living mulch of ground covers. . They also help build up humus levels in the soil and provide habitat for beneficial insects. Unlike bark and . The hot-pink blooms of Spanish shawl make it a popular ground cover in frost-free areas. The plant..
Aug 30, 2013 . Raised beds were initially created to deal with problems like poor or rocky soil, no soil, poor drainage, erosion issues and soil compaction. . They can also work well in traditional, contemporary or even global styles (think Spanish courtyard or Mexican stucco), and can be tinted to blend, match or contrast..
No matter what style your house is, the trick for any addition is to make it appear as if it were always there," says This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram. It's a challenge he and the rest of the crew helped tackle on the latest TOH TV project, a 1933 house in Los Angeles's densely built Silver Lake neighborhood
Jun 25, 2016 . Make the most of your patio's shortcomings by playing with scale, color, texture and location. . In an urban setting, any outdoor space is a luxury, even one below street level. You just have to make the most . Softer lighting on the ground and off the house can create a more pleasant mood. If you're ready..
May 22, 2014 . I've taken to growing most of our flowers on our deck off the sun room, but that provides me with only so many options. . I picked Clematis as my main focus and planted some Alyssum, Verbena and Johnny Jump-Up mini Pansies to fill the ground level section of my planter since the Clematis would be..
Jan 15, 2013 . Beach Style Deck by Lauren Mikus · Lauren Mikus. Balustrades are combined with square spindles here to keep the rail system from being too busy and to let the natural beauty of the waterfront environment shine through. Traditional Exterior by RWA Architects. RWA Architects. Ground-level porch columns..
Jul 6, 2015 . The ground must be graded so that water drains from the surface, and the subgrade must have a drainage layer of compacted aggregate to properly . The best way to ensure your brick stays level for many years is to create a great foundation and to set the paving with one of the above tried-and-true..
Nov 24, 2017 . While generally more expensive upfront than decking, stone patios require little annual maintenance, making them valuable long-term investments. . Best time to start: Stone patios should be laid during the dry season, when they can be installed start to finish on dry soil and when the ground is not frozen
Jul 27, 2017 . A 100-year-old home is renewed with the introduction of modern materials and a creative outdoor solution. . Ground Level: Entry and Mudroom With the vision taking . Meals are regularly enjoyed around a table, selected by the homeowner, that complements the smooth cedar of the decking and walls
May 31, 2014 . They have only been on the deck for a few days and so far the squirrels aren't eating the leaves but they are having a party in the dirt every. single. day! Each morning when I head out .. I have had the very same thing happen to my flower pots on the back porch…ground level. Dirt all over the place just like..
Feb 6, 2015 . There will be less space to address if the deck will extend from the ground-level story, but the eye will still be drawn to that dark (often weedy) slit of earth. . of a deck or staircase is a perfect space to convert into storage; use it for items such as garden tools, empty pots and outdoor recreational equipment