It’s all in the details! Who knows why, but I just started thinking of how small, pesky, planning details, if overlooked, can cause pain and heartbreak if not addressed. OK, “top secret” may be just a little stretch, but not by much!
I came up with these planning secrets, largely unknown to the typical consumer, off the top of my head, and trust me, there are MANY more that I must be aware of as I slowly and carefully go about editing a kitchen plan for the last time before putting the order “to bed” as I call it, at which time there is no more time for changes. Read more
by John Garskof
(MONEY Magazine) — You don’t have to be underwater on your mortgage to feel trapped in your home.
Now may be a less than ideal time to put a house on the market or to take on big debt — icing your plans to trade up or build an addition anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck living in an uncomfortable home. Read more
Forget the tire swings and gazebos! From artist-made grottos to lily pad ponds to staggering waterfront views, here are nine outdoor spaces that will redefine the yard
by Leah Konen
Set in idyllic and magnificent Marin County, California, this 75-foot-long lap pool, designed by landscape architect Bernard Trainor is stunning against the native grassland. A concrete and stone walkway leads down to the gleaming expanse, accented with coyote bush, needle grass, and rosemary, to enhance the land’s natural beauty. Read more
An outdated backyard pool & deck become the ultimate outdoor entertaining space
When Matthew Schmuker, of Grand Rapids based Apex Landscape, arrived on the scene, this backyard was in need of some loving attention. Lucky for the homeowners, Schmuker saw past the aging pool and uninspiring deck and created an ambitious renovation plan. Now the yard is a cutting-edge outdoor living space where the homeowners can swim, eat and socialize with their family and friends. Read more
Polish off your timber home design with these 12 tips aimed at taking your timber frame home from good to great.
By Timber Home Living Staff
You’ve dedicated a lot of time and energy to identifying how you want your timber home to look and flow. You’ve jotted down must-haves and nice-to-haves on a wish list. But have you thought of everything? Before finalizing your timber frame house plan, tweak the layout with these design solutions, and watch your timber home go from good to great. Read more
Designer Candice Olson mixes comfy furnishings with elegant textiles and color schemes to create family rooms that define the meaning of lived-in luxury.
Hand-scraped oak flooring is the perfect contrast to the impressive limestone fireplace, and a wall of cabinetry with custom bookcases and stainless steel dressers provides plenty of storage for the TV and media components. Distressed leather furniture with tufted detail adds vintage elegance to the room with blue linen draperies creating a beautiful backdrop to the space. Read more
Furniture-grade materials and custom add-ons create cabinets that perform beautifully without sacrificing style.
by Rob Fanjoy
People take their cabinets seriously. In fact, the cabinets are often the most prized components of a kitchen or bathroom. And their design and aesthetics can make or break the entire room’s overall appearance. Read more
The design of your bathroom dictates its overall mood and energy. Tiled walls give it a clean, modern look, while certain colors and stylish accents can make it more inviting. Need more storage? Get ideas on utilizing space and creating light. Starting from scratch? Check out GH’s decor ideas for your bathroom remodeling project. Watch this video to learn how to get organized under the sink. Read more
Create a stunning landscape that can be enjoyed during the day and night with inventive outdoor lighting solutions.
by Sandra Petersen
Define the Purpose for Landscape Lighting
Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard. Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond. Read more