TAG: Landscaping

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Landscaping as we generally think of it today didn’t become popular until around the 1700’s. Manicured lawns, perfectly shaped shrubbery, greenery and colorful plants – plus water waste, high water bills and inefficient yard space that can work against a home’s efficiency. Not to mention the upkeep, and all for a lawn that provides mostly only an aesthetic benefit. However, this idea of a landscaped yard is a stark contrast from utilitarian views of the space, employed for centuries by farmers, home gardeners and budget conscious residents. Today, the lawn is one of the many areas that are being given a second look… read more

Green Gardens Up Above

Green Gardens Up Above

Guz Architects has designed many upscale residential properties with plans that integrate the outdoors as a significant part of the living space. The following 2 homes have plush green landscaping as the backdrop and impressive green roof designs that top them off. The constructions are located near Singapore, and both have outdoor garden rooftops that make greenery look stylish. The Willow House is a family home with an exterior that looks like a sculpted art piece. The gorgeous entryway lets you know you are about to enter something grand. A seemingly floating staircase leads to the upper level garden. The living… read more

This Hill House Is A Social Magnet

This Hill House Is A Social Magnet

Architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin, who work with lifestyle designs, had an imaginative idea to accommodate a family’s wish for an addition to their existing home. Located near Melbourne, Australia, the Hill House takes a vertical approach and completely revolutionizes the look of the exterior with a slope built directly into the landscaping. The spot faces north, which before the addition caused the backyard and parts of the indoors to be darker. When a 2-story extension was added, it further restricted the natural solar availability and made portions of the yard and home even more shadowed. For the new addition,… read more

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net Zero Design

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net-Zero Design

Located in Venice, California, a team of designers, architects, contractors and solar setups turned a resident remodel into a family home and office combination that is a near record breaker on the efficiency scale. Called the Yin Yang House, it has enough green features to make sustainable design lovers drool. The massive renovation was assembled from fully reused or highly recycled content and local materials. Only ethically gathered woods were used in both indoor and exterior finishes, and there was also a focus on reduced chemical usage with all surfaces. Additionally, during the building process at least 80% of the… read more

Do You Hate Mowing the Lawn?

Do You Hate Mowing the Lawn?

Or in contrast, do you have patches in the yard that look like this? If plagued by either landscaping issue, there may be a solution you haven’t thought of. Moss. Moss is actually the oldest known terrestrial plant that is still living. We have featured some of the interesting sides of moss – from being used as green graffiti to its energy creating capabilities, and it is also perfect for a soft, no hassle turf that is vibrant most of the year. This natural outdoor carpet may be loathed by some, but planting lawn moss is actually an environmentally logical landscaping… read more

Landscaping With Solar Lighting

Landscaping With Solar Lighting

Though outdoor lighting provides visibility and security, traditional landscape lighting can use up a lot of energy. Using outdoor solar lights can provide decorative illumination without using electricity. Designing with solar lighting can be much simpler than wired lights, as they can be easily integrated where needed. They can be placed along walkways, sidewalks, patios and entryways to provide efficient, year-round lighting. In addition to the energy conserving benefits of using outdoor solar lighting, maintenance is also low, and usually requires only periodic light cleaning and a back-up battery recharge, if necessary. Also, just like their energy consuming counterparts, solar… read more

Landscaping Sustainably and Naturally

Landscaping Naturally

There are ways to cultivate your outdoor space without destroying the land’s natural aesthetic or overusing chemicals. Outside areas that are lackluster or have issues that need addressed can be renovated into a fresher space just by adding compatible foliage to the landscaping. To start a planting project off right, buy plants that are sustainably collected. Plant nurseries or legitimate suppliers should be able to tell you the origin of what you are buying. Eco-friendly nurseries are becoming more available that only purchase fairly gathered selections. Also, maintaining outdoor areas with non-toxic products and fertilizers allows them to develop safely… read more