Debra got this great shot with her phone using her Instagram account and who-knows-what filters in Hyde Park, London, last year. When this post actually appears on the blog (automatically at a pre-arranged time, by virtue of computer magic), we likely will be in London on vacation with the new owners of this house: This home is in a great area of town – cozy neighborhood feel and bungalows like this one just bursting with potential. Continue reading “We Interrupt the SoMoToHo for a Cute House Alert”
Decks are places for sitting on warm summer evenings, contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Decks are places to gather with friends, to exercise your culinary imagination on the grill, to feel fresh breezes wafting over your skin. Decks connect you to nature, yet keep you out of the dirt. Like I said, I love them.
Decks can also transform useless, wasted spaces into inviting retreats. This:
is much more inviting and useful than this:The deck outside the back door to our mid-century ranch was small, shabby, and deteriorating. Continue reading “All Hands on Deck”
I confess to being ambivalent – in the true sense of the word; I feel strongly two ways – about swimming pools.
On the one hand, nothing enhances a back yard space more elegantly than a well-appointed pool. Add a water feature – a fountain or a waterfall, for instance – and you can have your own small slice of paradise. Here is a pool that we put in the back yard of a house that we built (as opposed to remodeled):
On the other hand, pools literally are holes in the ground that you throw money in. Even if you hire a service to keep the chemicals in balance and perform periodic maintenance, they are a pain. They immediately add 20% to your electric bill and they are magnets for leaves, twigs, strange-looking bugs, and heaven forbid that you have crepe myrtles anywhere on your block. Continue reading “The Hole in the Ground”