New Outdoor Plaza at The Met

When you visit the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you’ll not only get to explore one of the best museums in the world, but you’ll soon be welcomed by a newly designed four-block plaza.  Since the plaza hasn’t been updated since 1968, the new environmentally-friendly plaza is sorely needed. New features […]

Winter Gardens Add Color to your Landscape!

Just because the sky is gloomy and grey, it doesn’t mean your garden can’t be a vibrant space that brightens your day.  There are many wonderful native plants that can be used to create a stunning winter wonderland against a backdrop of fresh snow.  The following plants will add great winter interest in color, texture […]

Turning Parking Spaces into Award-Winning Parks

Thanks to the collaborative efforts between one San Francisco community and a generous Design/Build firm, a new public parklet is now being enjoyed by all.  The Noreiga Street Parklet encourages pedestrian travel rather than automobile traffic by consuming three parking spaces, a novel idea? While it might seem counter-intuitive to place a park directly on […]

Is your Landscape Set in Stone?

Natural stone has a timeless appeal and works well in any size or style of landscape.  Whether you’re adding a terrace or patio, a wall or raised bed, a walkway or driveway, stone adds a sense of permanence and beauty.  Strategically placed boulders featured as a grouping on the lawn or integrated into a retaining […]

Sustainable Landscape Architecture

I recently visited the Queens Botanical Garden in New York and thought they did a great job creating visually appealing sites to educate all who tour the gardens.  The intent is to teach others to be stewards of the environment by integrating sustainable elements into the landscape. Some of the impressive features include:  a green […]

Amazing Tree Transformations

Trees are a great asset for any lawn.  They add value to your home, neighborhood and to the environment.  But what happens if it’s time to take it down for some reason (old age, disease, lightning strike, etc.)?  Why not turn an unfortunate event into into a work of art?! Some artists use tree stumps […]

Space Saving Toilets for Small Bathrooms

If limited space is your design dilemma for a proposed bathroom addition or renovation, this is the solution!  We’ve all seen wall-mounted sinks, but what about wall-mounted toilets where the tank is concealed behind the wall?!  This frees up at least 8-10″ in a tight space, allowing for a more functional bathroom. Plus, those carrying […]

Vertical Composting!

How’s this for an ingenious idea?!  This vertical compost bin not only makes black gold for the garden, but it serves as a privacy fence!  An attractive arbor sits atop the “bin” made of cedar posts and welded wire fencing.  Fallen leaves and yard clippings fill in the bin to provide privacy. For other sustainable […]

Cool Pavers

Choose the right pavers for terraces, patios, pool decks, walkways or driveways and you can minimize your impact on the environment.  Certain pavers can keep the area cool and also prevent stormwater runoff.  Here’s how:

Eco-Chic Cabinetry

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or bath, or looking to add built-ins to a reading nook or media room, you can make environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to cabinetry.  Not only are these choices better for the planet, but they’re also better for your health. Eco-friendly options for cabinetry include: FSC certified wood:  The Forest […]

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