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Description - Ultimate Backyards by Michelle Kodis

Outdoor living is no longer defined as a simple patio with a few tables and chairs - today, homeowners are designing remarkable spaces in which to eat, relax, meditate, swim, and even sleep! Author Michelle Kodis reveals how to create a customized oasis in nearly any type of setting. Whether building new or redesigning an existing yard, "Ultimate Backyards" offers inspiration for outdoor spaces no matter the climate or budget - design is the key to creating a unique and personalized space. Learn how to connect an outdoor area architecturally to its environment, whether in the country, a suburb, or a busy urban locale. See first-hand the ways in which architects study a home's surroundings and then make them an integral part of the living space. Thirty case studies share stories, photos, and information on the challenges facing each project at its beginning, and the beautiful end result. Helpful sidebars offer suggestions and solutions on topics such as sustainability, using recycled materials, setting and staying within a budget, and what to do with a really small space. Sections include: Outdoor Rooms - outside spaces that dramatically increase the size and usable space of a home, from screened porches to outdoor family and play rooms; Indoor/Outdoor Combination - outdoor spaces designed to enhance an indoor/outdoor connection, such as a bedroom that opens directly to the outside; Water - pools, spas, ponds, and spaces that utilize water as the focal point; and, Creative Landscapes - landscapes that go beyond the ordinary to truly connect the house to its setting.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586857936
ISBN-10: 1586857932
Format: Hardback
(255mm x 255mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Gibbs M. Smith Inc
Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michelle Kodis

Michelle Kodis is the author of Blueprint Small: Creative Ways to Live with Less, Blueprint Affordable: How to Build a Beautiful House without Breaking the Bank, and Blueprint Remodel: Tract Home Transformations That Turn Everyday to Extraordinary.

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