Landscaping Magic Fixes a Dangerous Sloped Yard

Landscape architect Michael Glassman usually has to walk a home before he starts to analyze a site’s challenges. However, when he visited Larry and Beth Goldberg’s home in Sacramento, California, he was not out of the car before the problems became evident. “I could not find somewhere to park,” he says. “The home is on an incline, and the road goes up a hill, which people race down. You take your life in your hands out of your car if you park on that street.”

Here’s how Glassman opened the landscape and made it function for the family.

Before Photo

The driveway had been heaved up by A large hapberry tree. Weeds had taken over the yard. The home itself was a “bizarre yellow shade, and that I didn’t have any clue where the front door was,” Glassman says. “There clearly was a hokey stucco wall, definite measures, stepping stones over there, weeds everywhere and erosion issues.”

See this sloped yard’s transformation

AFTER: Glassman first addressed the parking situation. He created an ingenious parking bay that allows guests to pull right up into the front part of the home, safely off the road. And because guests didn’t know where to enter the home before, frequently drifting into a driveway-side entrance instead of the front door, Glassman established a clear route to the entryway.

Steps today lead directly from the parking bay to the front door, and there is a terrace with a water feature. To take care of the erosion issues, Glassman installed acid-stained-steel retainer walls that terrace the landscape. He then took the Goldbergs on a trip to the nursery to hand pick plants trees and blossoms for the home.

Michael Glassman & Associates

The tree on the right is a crape myrtle, the only one on the house. On the left of this is a purple smoke tree. Reddish barberry plants operate their way.

The grayish tree on the far left is a fruitless olive, among three. The spiky dark bronze plant below it is a flax. The green pots hold kangaroo paw, sedum, succulents and Red-Hot Poker.

Michael Glassman & Associates

The tree nearest the parking bay is your myrtle, revealed here. The one to the right is another fruitless olive. A little ollie and an ice-blue shore juniper adorn the steel corner in the foreground. Ornamental grasses fill from the remainder. The plants repeat in odd numbers throughout the raised beds.

See this sloped yard’s transformation

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Kitchen Storage Solutions for Every Nook

Today’s smart kitchen designers have storage options to fulfill every nook and cranny in a variety of kitchens. These helpers can allow you to take advantage of every inch.

When you are grappling with backsplash material choices, consider something that can help you snag some excess storage, also. This stunning kitchen includes a secret that warms up the storage possibilities without taking away from its tidy look.

The designers put shelving and installed sliding doors in the marble backsplash behind the stove. The beauty of the technique is that you can achieve the best of both worlds — a beautiful backsplash and storage.

Hint: You’ll need to have enough space in your walls to make this work, which means you’ll need to get this discussion quite early on with your contractor.

Glenvale Kitchens

Corner dividers are a excellent alternative to the lazy Susan. Cut on a diagonal, they simply pull out like standard drawers to make use of an otherwise hard-to-reach corner space.

Have your drawers made in varying sizes to keep things organized. Pot lids and smaller items may go in the smaller drawers, and containers and pots and pans at the larger drawers.

Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co..

If you would rather a cabinet door in the corner of a pedestal cabinet, and you don’t like Susans, sliding and rotating shelves might help you access corners with ease.

Unlike corner drawers, these pullouts may be installed in both upper and lower cabinets.

Chris Donatelli Builders

Even the toe kick area wasted space, can be utilized for storage when you add a shallow drawer for smaller items.

Gibson Gimpel Interior Design

Hint: you’ll have to bend a whole lot to get a toe kick space, so look at storing items here you’ll need to access only one or two times a year — such as serving dishes, chargers and holiday napkins.

Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Open shelving is often the most budget-friendly method to deal with the space left in the ends of upper and lower cabinets. If custom cabinets are in your finances, shutting those shelves with a curved doorway is a great way to keep things neat and clean without installing two separate doors to cover the corner.

Al Williams

Go beyond basic shelving for your foundation cabinetry. Today’s kitchen organization additions come in every kind imaginable to help you form and store your belongings. Utilize a mix of slide-out drawers and shelving to get heavy items, and custom pullouts to house mixers, spices, cutting boards and baking sheets.

Starline Cabinets

The end cabinets in a kitchen layout get fitted with a doorway facing for a look. The homeowner has found a smart space for keys, a pegboard and a dry erase board for notes and to-do lists, and installed slats for magazines and cookbooks.

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I’ve written before about laundry room envy, however laundry rooms that pull double duty as office spaces, potting areas, wrapping stations and more take it to a whole new level.

It makes total sense to squeeze some additional use in the laundry space, as it is most likely designed for durability and already outfitted with plumbing. And if you’re fortunate enough to have an island for folding, they can moonlight as flat surfaces for wrap presents, arranging flowers or doing almost any other job you can imagine.

Have a look at these laundry rooms have enlarged their role with grace.

Rock Paper Hammer

Mudroom. What is more efficient than having a washer and dryer at precisely the exact same room where dirty socks, wet gloves and soiled jackets land? This attractively incorporated space does a decent job of keeping the laundry stack to a dull roar. Bonus points to get that gorgeous sky-blue ceiling, a trick borrowed from the traditional front-porch technique.

Linen cupboard. Tucked into a shore home, this laundry room also houses towels and other gear for days at the sand and surf.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..

Office. Do your laundry while you pay bills or response messages, and you’re going to check two tasks off your list at the same time. The cushioned benches are an extra-nice touch — you could stretch out and read or rest while the washer spins.

Crisp Architects

Potting room. Make the most of the pipes lines set up and put in another sink for watering plants, washing empty containers and draining garden tools.

Crestline Homes

Wrapping channel. It can be challenging to find a flat expanse of space large enough to allow for wrapping gifts easily. Laundry rooms lend themselves to roomy countertops for both wrap and folding.


Breakfast nook. What a wonderful beginning to the day: a cup of coffee and a muffin or scone in this light-filled space, with the comforting scent of clean laundry in the air.

Whitten Architects

Pantry. The interior design in this combination laundry room and pantry makes for an especially smart utilization of space.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Pet area. This laundry space incorporates a custom dog shower, convenient if you have the square footage. However, you don’t need to be that elaborate. Just add a comfy dog bed, litter box or other designated place for your furry family members.

Dave Adams Photography

All-purpose room. This lovely, comfy laundry space adapts nevertheless it is needed — as a butler’s pantry, potting channel and much more. It is so attractive that I would probably just hang out in there with a novel while the laundry was going.

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Electricians refer to the rigid pipe that electric wires and wires run through as conduit. “Conduit” has lots of different definitions too, all associated with channeling; it can be an enclosed duct to transfer liquids or even a individual or vessel that communicates a message from one spot to another.

Julie Ranee Photography

Electrical conduit is typically visible only in houses in which the walls are masonry or in which the ceiling and flooring are one unit (that is, the ceiling of a room is also the flooring of the upper room), leaving no room in which electric can hide. The electrical conduit inside this kitchen runs across the underside of wood beams.

Envi Interior Design Studio

In wood-framed constructions, holes are drilled through wood studs along with the electric cord is pulled. Nail plates are inserted on the outside of the stud prior to any wallboard is put up, to avoid anyone from hammering nails into the electric cable.

Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC

Conduit protects and conveys electrical wires to all outlets and fixtures requiring electricity. The electricity starts at the utility business, travels via a meter at every home and enters the house in the circuit breaker. Individual circuits distribute electricity in 100 or 200 amps across the house with a series of junction boxes and panels. The main breaker is a change that can turn off all electricity, and indivdual circuits command smaller regions of the house. Circuits automatically turn off if overloaded, to reduce the risk of fire.

Lucy Call

Industrial and commercial architecture often uses electric conduit because the the walls are strong CMU (concrete masonry blocks), making outside electricity inevitable.

CONTENT Architecture

Exposed ducting and electrical conduit are also typical in urban attic spaces, in which exposed brick walls don’t have any inner wall through which the mechanicals can be routed from perspective. A junction box is a metal box in which wires are tied together. The faceplate of the junction box is removable, providing access to the wires.

Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling

Conduit has an industrial appeal. Conduit may or may not have been necessary to put in within this entryway, but it fits in with the edgy raw materials.

Robert Kaner Interior Design

Electrical conduit is routed around the large windows of the painted brick room because there is nowhere else to run the plumbing. But a little color coding makes the pipe work with the design of the room.

This light fixture is created out of electric conduit and junction boxes.

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4 Gorgeous Garden Appears for a Narrow Planting Strip

The savviest home gardener can fight to see the possibility in a narrow planting strip, and also when that pocket garden is on the outside of this fence, is it even worth bothering about? The challenges are many: difficult to water, reflected heat from the sidewalk, careless feet and often poor soil.

Yet these perimeter plantings can act as a picture frame for the interior garden and home beyond. When you examine how these architects and designers treated their pocket gardens, you could be tempted to rethink the positioning of your own border fence just to take advantage of the unique design opportunity.

Denise Dering Layout

1. A Romantic Border

A classic white picket fence festooned with fragrant roses — what can be more romantic? The beauty of the one is that passersby may enjoy the flowers, because they’re implanted on the outside of the fence.

Key design features:
Restraint in the colour and plantsRepetition of colors and plants down the whole borderGaining height by using the fence to support climbing rosesColor notes:
A restrained palette of pink and blue is accented with chartreuse.The deeper shades of purple provide depth, ensuring that this combination will still turn heads even in summer time. Plant selection:
Climbing ‘Mary Rose’ offers height and fragrance.Billowing mounds of golden creeping Jenny(Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) and May Night salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’) type the decrease tier.These perennials are tolerant of water, inadequate soil and warm sun.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

2. A Contemporary Home

The strong geometric lines of contemporary architecture call to get a foliage-focused planting, and this narrow roadside border delivers.

Key design features:
Restraint in colour and plant varietyLinear planting that echoes the flat lines of the home’s siding and fenceEmphasis on foliage over flowersColor note:
Muted earth tonesPlant choice:
Grasses and succulents are suitable for contemporary landscape design, as they rely upon their strong form instead of colorful blooms.These plants require minimal water and maintenance.The grasses add a bright note to the dark stained fence panels.

Le jardinet

3. An Entry That Establishes a Theme

A garden entry should create a feeling of anticipation, setting the scene for what is beyond. Plantings on the road side of the lattice fence do that.

Key design features:
An intriguing blend of textures and heights makes this tiny planting pocket look much larger than it actually is.Several of those plants may also be glimpsed within the primary garden. Color note:
Subdued tones of tan and pink permit the eye to move through the garden entrance. Plant choice:
This can be a particularly hot, dry border, so these plants are chosen due to their tenacity. Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima), feather reed grass(Calamgrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’)and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’) provide long-term interest.More on this Fantastic garden plant combination

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4. Planting Strips That Link Multiple Homes

Planned communities such as this one in Kirkland, Washington, have their own challenges, not the least of which is abiding by homeowners association regulations.

These planting strips permit identity while maintaining a cohesive design.

Key design features:
A narrow planting strip adjacent to the sidewalk is located beyond each homeowner’s split-rail fence.Several plants have been replicated through all the gardens, while there’s still space for some unique choices. Shade note:
Shades of blue, green and lavender are replicated throughout. Plant choice:
All the plants are lower compared to the elevation of this split-rail fence; allowing the fence to be glimpsed the whole sidewalk gives the illusion of a constant border.Each plant typically has a mounding habit, creating a feeling of uniformity.Lavender(Lavandula spp)and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’) are implanted throughout these pocket gardens as well as in the adjacent communal garden areas. Bronze-colored coral bells (Heuchera hyb.) And daylilies (Hemerocallis spp) are also used. More:
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