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Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

Create a Floating Effect in the Landscape In this backyard landscape, each material – metal, wood, concrete, plant, or grass – looks as though it is floating or weightless, hovering above the surfaces around it. At the owner’s entrance, a metal roof floats above the walls, its structure invisible from the garden. Below, the ipé […]

Landscape Design: Brooklyn, NY

Landscape Design: Brooklyn, NY

A Welcoming Entry Garden with a Modern Flair This attached rowhouse in Brooklyn will be renovated next year, but in the meantime the owners were eager to create a welcoming oasis in their tiny front yard. They wanted a landscape design with a clean, modern aesthetic and envisioned a geometric layout using rectangular pavers embedded in moss. […]

How to Add a Map Image to Your Base Plan

How to Add a Map Image to Your Base Plan

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design App, Tips and How To's

Home Outside Landscape Design App’s Map Tool Did you know that with the Premium Tools bundle ($9.99 in-app purchase), you can use the Map Tool to import a satellite image of your property into the Home Outside app? If you don’t have a drawn site map of your house and property, the Map Tool can be […]

A Friendly & Drought-Tolerant Front Yard Landscape Design

A Friendly & Drought-Tolerant Front Yard Landscape Design

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design, Landscape Design App

This Colorado homeowner wanted to retain trees and some of the perennials in the front yard of her attractive contemporary home, but she needed to replace her lawn with an inviting garden that would require little water once established. She imported her Google map image into the Home Outside app and sent it to us […]

Urban Garden Design: An Intimate Terrace Garden

Urban Garden Design: An Intimate Terrace Garden

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design

At the heart of this open-air room is a beloved crabapple tree, visible from the kitchen windows, which provides food for the birds and a fragrant canopy over the lower terrace. The space was upgraded to accommodate the tree, and square-cut limestone paving stones, pea gravel, and planting beds replaced the uninviting lawn. From Landscaping Ideas […]

A Beautiful Backyard for the Whole Family

A Beautiful Backyard for the Whole Family

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design

After clearing some woodland behind their home, this young family desired a clearly defined backyard that retained some wildness, but with spaces for children to play, formal gardens near the house, and visual interest from inside. They created the base plan design (above, left) and sent it to us with their wishlist for a new garden. […]

Coastal Massachusetts: A Sideyard Transformed into a Firepit Garden

Coastal Massachusetts: A Sideyard Transformed into a Firepit Garden

We turned an unused side yard into an outdoor “fire garden” for a couple that likes to entertain at their Massachusetts seaside home. We created a formal path that links the new octagonal bluestone patio to an existing terrace, centering the fire pit on the owners’ kitchen window. A grassy play space is edged by […]

Best of Houzz Award for Home Outside!

Best of Houzz Award for Home Outside!

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design, Landscape Design App, News

We’ve been fortunate to work with homeowners all over North America to transform their yards into beautiful gardens and outdoor living spaces. We appreciate our clients and love the challenging and exciting projects they bring our way. How nice to see that our Home Outside online landscape design service received a Best of Houzz Client […]

Free App for DIY Landscape Design

Free App for DIY Landscape Design

The Home Outside Palette app offers everything you need to design your own landscape on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. In-app purchases give you specialty elements and design tools such as Maps, Layers, Sketching, Rulers, Snap-to-Grid, Notes, and more—but there’s plenty you can do without spending a dime! Download the FREE version and […]

A Family-Friendly California Landscape Design

A Family-Friendly California Landscape Design

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 in Design, Landscape Design

“I have a big ask,” wrote this Berkeley, California, homeowner, explaining that she wanted a yard where her young children could spend as much time outdoors as possible, but she also wanted the garden to feel like an extension of the house, with plenty of room for entertaining. Creating privacy and attractive views was also […]