Double slide drawers!
The fire bowl doubles as a table during the summer months. Dimensional steppers connect one patio space to the other. Photography by Larry Huene Photography.
The black fence, black deck and black pergola establish unity for the space. Deck design by Cara Buffa.
Contrasting nicely against the neighbors garage, the black pergola makes a strong statement. The back screen mimics the purlins on top creating small windows. Pergola design by John Algozzini and Cara Buffa.
Layer Plantings Grouping plants in swaths of color creates a much stronger visual impact than planting one plant here and one there. In this Pacific Northwest garden by Mosaic Gardens, layers of plants cascade down a slope in waves of green, gold, bronze and plum, creating a lush fall display.
We not only saw great wallpaper options, but we smelled them too. The water-resistant wallpaper shown here is has fragrance integrated right into its surface. Scents such as florals can last up to five to six months after installation, and can be revived after that with a wax that cleans and protects the surface.
Terraces Carve Space for a Round Patio in Virginia This Virginia backyard was sloped in a way that kept it from being functional. The designers at Outdoor Dreams found a clever solution, using terraces to carve out a beautiful curved patio. A stone bench built into a retaining wall and a circular fire pit add to its charms.
No: the rough stacked rock backsplash = impossible to clean! Yes: the wood "X" supporting end of extended countertop for bar stool sitting. = emphasizes the overhang and adds warmth against cold stone.
I like the wood radiator covers - also the glass doos between rooms Fall "to do items":Vacuum radiators, baseboard heaters and heating grates. Prepare for heating season by vacuuming up dust from radiators, baseboard heaters and heating grates. If you have radiators with covers, remove the covers and vacuum beneath them before replacing.
Well-Planned Drying Cabinet The pros at Haven Design and Construction made the most of every corner of this 70-square-foot room. There’s a dog-washing station, a utility sink and plenty of storage and countertop space for folding. But it was the drying cabinet, shown here, that really grabbed Houzz users. A vent inside helps draw moisture out of wet clothing. There’s room for hanging clothes as well as sliding shelves that allow the homeowners to lay items flat. The decorative grilles on the doors let the air in with style.
This floor plan shows the layout of Michelis and Dame’s new master bathroom. The entry door is on the bottom left, the shower on the bottom right and the vanity at top. “I don’t worry if [she] wants to use the bathroom now without any assistance,” Dame says. “She can transfer because of the grab bars out of her chair. That makes her very happy.”
The high-tech toilet by Toto features a heated seat, a lid that automatically opens when you approach and a digital panel that controls things like the bidet functions. There’s even a drying fan.
A little more design for the grab bars so they wouldn’t look like they belonged in a hospital = versions with more traditional lines to them. “We wanted to make them more like jewelry rather than something that just needed to be there,” .
Plenty of grab bars enable owner to transfer herself to her shower chair. The digital control panel on the left allows the couple to set the exact temperature of the water from an app on their phones. Similarly, they can put the radiant-heat floors on a timer so they wake up to a warm bathroom. A heated towel rack outside the shower warms towels. Owner gets cold easily, so “we wanted to make sure she wasn’t freezing when she got out”.
The shower floor is the same porcelain tile used elsewhere in the bathroom, but cut to 2-by-2-inch squares for better traction. “More grout on the floor always makes it a little less slippery”.
W/tub gone =an extra-large, curbless shower in same space as previous shower. It’s big enough for assistance into shower chair if needed. Something bolder to contrast w/lighter-colored bubble accent tile = black-and-white bubble inset tile in the shower.
Keep the vanity free of knobs and pulls to prevent any snags. “The electric wheelchair is powerful,” Dame says. “It could rip a drawer out and break it. So it was easier not to have hardware on there.” The drawers close automatically with a little push. The faucets are controlled by motion sensors. used what’s called a laminated half bullnose edge for the quartz countertops on the vanity and half walls to create a softer profile in case of any bumps.
Angled removable panels below the sinks hide plumbing and prevent any risk of wheelchair occupant burning her legs on the pipes.
After: removed all internal walls & widened door frame. open floor plan w/room to do a full rotation in wheelchair, + added 1/2 wall next to toilet& shower for privacy + way to anchor grab bars. floor and walls in 12x24" matte porcelain tile
Thorne selected a drought-tolerant mix of ornamental grasses, shrubs and Mediterranean perennials to border the driveway as it runs down to the front yard. In the foreground we see purple-flowering fragrant English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and on the right edge an Arbutus ‘Marina’ tree.
Storage - Make Sure Everything Has Its Place The key to good storage is to plan location carefully. “Anything that comes into- house needs a dedicated home where it should always be put back when not in use,” “Store things where you use them. If, when members of household get home,- first thing they do is drop shoes &coats in- hallway, think of adding hooks& shoe storage there, rather than hoping people will take them to rooms,” “Even bits& bobs from everyday life should have a dedicated space somewhere in the house,”
In this Berkeley, California, bathroom designed by Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, a skylight allows in natural light, while a band of blue mosaic tiles on the shower wall and above the vanity adds a burst of color.
The multihued mosaic tiles covering the shower-tub combo steal the show in this St. Louis bathroom
“Uh-oh” moment. “The idea of shrinking the window in order to fit a 36-inch-high work surface and sink below was a bit stressful for my clients, as it required a new window, plumbing, drywall, exterior siding patchwork, waterproofing and flashing,” Evans says. “Another requirement of this change was a building permit, as we were adjusting the exterior look of the house and adding and moving plumbing and electrical. I was able to draw the existing and proposed laundry designs in plan and elevation to show how much more functional the space would become, and they ultimately agreed.”
“Uh-oh” moment. “The original space was covered in wallpaper, and the ceilings had a popcorn texture,” Martin says. “At first, our team started the painstaking process of removing both of these materials. That’s when the idea came to skip the rest of that painful process and apply the beadboard wall treatment instead right over the top — both on walls and ceiling. Best design decision ever.”
Designer tip. “Wrapping the tile all the way around the window right up to the ceiling really helps to create height in a more intimate space and create drama” in a space with a high ceiling, designer Cynthia Soda says. “Use high-contrast materials, and if you have an interesting shape, like the diamond backsplash, don’t be afraid to use contrasting grout.
Wood Counter for Folding
Guest Room - Coffee and Tea Makings Considerate guests won’t want to bother you if they get up before you do. Including a little tray with everything they need to make a morning cuppa makes it clear they are welcome to help themselves.
Guest Room - Wall Hooks Unless your guests are staying for a week or more, they probably don’t need an empty dresser to unpack their clothes into. A few sturdy wall hooks will do for hanging damp towels and (with the addition of a hanger or two) wrinkle-prone outfits.
Guest Room - Extra Toiletries Have a few spare sample-size toiletries in a drawer? Gather them together in a pretty bowl or basket and add a new toothbrush so guests won’t stress if they forgot something.
Guest Room - Wastebasket This is a small but important detail that will help your guests keep their room neat without making frequent trips to search out garbage cans in other parts of the house. Whether you opt for brass, mirrored or woven, choose an attractive wastebasket that enhances your guest room style.
Guest Room - Extra Blankets and Pillows Help your guests out by providing a few extra blankets and pillows so they can get comfortable. This is especially important on chilly winter nights, but if you have central air conditioning, your guests may reach for an extra blanket even in summer!
Guest Room - Full-Length Mirror Your guests will appreciate having a simple full-length mirror propped against the wall or attached to the back of the door. If the mirror is in a dark corner of the room, draping a strand of white twinkle lights on it is a quick and inexpensive way to add a warm glow.
Guest Room - Bedside Lighting Good lighting is key to making your guest room feel welcoming. At minimum, place a lamp on each bedside table — lamps with three settings are ideal, so guests can adjust the light levels to suit their preference.
Guest Rooms - Water Carafe Needing a glass of water but not knowing where to get one can be frustrating and uncomfortable for guests. And after traveling by car or plane, they probably need to hydrate. Be prepared with a glass carafe filled with water, and add an extra glass if you’ll be hosting a couple.