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Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal from the Garden Writers Association for Best Book Writing
“One of the Year’s 10 Best Garden Books” –Boston Globe
"It's not often that a seasoned designer comes up with a fresh, illuminating take on the fundamental concepts of her profession. Her book demystifies design for those of us not trained in architecture, or born with an innate sense of scale." –Seattle Times“A great book for new homeowners wondering where to start.” – yourhome.ca“The pictures are superb. The line drawings clearly illustrate the points raised by Julie. She is an excellent landscape designer and a master communicator. Plumbing the depths of this one book could require an entire winter of studying and dreaming.” –Worcester Telegram and Gazette
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This was very helpful in really helping me figure out how I want my yard to look. Step by step (and simple!) process of figuring out what you want and how to do it and why.
I loved the text, but only three stars because I was very disappointed with the photography. Nearly all the photos are of yard that obviously spent 10's of thousands to landscape their yards... not reasonable and distracting as your read.
The photos of professional and unreasonably done yards didn't seem to match the words of the book telling us how to do our own, realistic landscaping design.
I would have loved seeing some real yards landscaped in a real way for inspiration like is done in "front yard gardens" by Liz Primeau.
Unlike most other books, however, this one was designed with the average homeowner in mind. Using juxtaposed before and after photos, the author demonstrates how the sculpted and exquisite yards all started off overgrown, barren or starkly without a shred of personality. She explains how to take a yard from point A to point B - all at once if your budget allows or in planned, attractive stages to spread out the cost.
Among the book's best features are the simple, user-friendly diagrams explaining basic outdoor space theory: outdoor rooms, central clearing or the immersed look. Using these basic designs, the author teachers readers how to:
* Map their space
* Arrange for flow of movement through the space
* Manage the view (maximize the best views, hide traffic or close neighbors as desired)
* Finding and utilizing the best flora for your location
* Identifying and creating the form and function that most appeals to you
* Budget-friendly options (concrete patios, up-cycled garden treasures, retreat spaces floored with gravel instead of expensive flagstone, etc.)
* Defining welcoming and functional entryways
* Connecting the inside and outside of your home
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This has been an extremely helpful book and has great photos as well as clearly written.Published 6 months ago by Dana Sams
Was expecting to get ideas for my HOA restricted yard but it was mainly for much larger yard's with no restrictions.Published 9 months ago by Kim L
This book is not a step by step guide - it is holistic in it's approach. I love this book!Published 12 months ago by Julie M. Kiley
I just can't adequately describe how much I love this book! It is an invaluable resource to those who long to extend their homes outside the walls of their house. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Karen K. Thompson