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Small Apartments That Go Big With Bold Decor Themes

Compact spaces are a satisfying source of challenge for interior designers. When you can practically see every room from any location in the home, it immediately becomes obvious why many small apartment residents opt for safe and neutral decor. The homes featured in this post take a daring approach – embracing bold color themes and creative decor despite their limited floor plans. Whether you need inspiration for your efficient apartment or just want ideas for a single room, these interiors offer unique ideas to consider.

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Outdoor Living At Its Best Web Series: Part 3 – Decks & Patios – Today’s Homeowner

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Outdoor Living At Its Best Web Series: Part 3

By: Danny Lipford

Part 3 of this web series really shows the scope of this massive outdoor living project. We removed the old dilapidated fence and built a new 8-foot privacy fence in its place with YellaWood treated pine. In the outdoor kitchen we installed a vent hood from Broan and the concrete pendant lights that Chelsea created over the bar. The Overture folding patio door goes in, and landscaping is under way.

Don’t miss Outdoor Living At Its Best: Part 4, the final webisode in the series.

Danny Lipford adds copper caps to the fence posts.

Danny Lipford adds copper caps to the fence posts.

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When we started planning for an outdoor kitchen in our backyard, the project seemed like it was confined to a relatively small area. But as we looked at the space and how we wanted to use it… the footprint got bigger and bigger until the whole backyard was affected. We’ve created more covered area for cooking AND relaxing. The cabinets and the countertops for the kitchen area are looking good now, so shortly after they went in we started installing the vent hood that will capture and remove the cooking fumes. This Pro Style hood from Broan is specifically designed for outdoor use with a Powerful 1100 CFM internal blower that is both quiet and dependable. While we’re waiting for the other appliances and accessories to arrive there are repairs to make to our existing patio furniture. Rather than replace it, we’ve decided to fix what’s broken, scrape off the peeling paint and re-paint it with metallic spray paint. This cast aluminum stuff is pretty rugged and durable but this makeover was long over-due. So was repairing the privacy fence that surrounds the entire yard. In fact, the fence is so far gone that we’re removing the whole thing and starting over from scratch. To spearhead the construction of the new fence I’ve lined up one of the lead carpenters from my construction company. Mark is one of the best carpenters I’ve ever seen.

The crew’s first chore is setting the six by six posts that will anchor the fence. They’re digging these three foot deep holes with an auger which saves work and speeds things up. But one of the most important things they’re doing is laying the holes out along a line marked with a string. There’s one high and one low stretched tight between the posts they’ve already set at either end of the row they’re working on. Using strings is the best way to ensure that each stretch of fencing is in a perfectly straight line. If it isn’t it will be obvious later on. The other important factor here is using the right kind of wood in the right place. It’s all treated wood, as it should be, but the YellaWood tag on the end of each piece also tells you where it can be used. The posts, which sit deep underground, are rated for “ground contact” so they can withstand a greater threat from moisture and pests. As each post goes into place it is leveled and braced so that once the Fast Setting concrete is mixed in the hole there won’t be any movement. When all the posts are dry and connected together by those two four stringers Mark mentioned, the vertical pieces of one by eight start going in place. They’re spacing them off the ground with another piece of two by four while the tops are at varied heights. The first and last piece of each section is cut flush with the top stringer while the others are at random heights. When the section is complete, they chalk a line between the end boards and cut the middle boards to match. This way the slope of the fence follows the hill with a clean straight line. Two by sixes are nailed on top each section so they are centered on the stringer and flush with the six by six on each end. Beneath the two by six and just above the dirt each panel is framed in with horizontal one by sixes to give the fence a more finished look. And that’s not just because it looks good. It does look good, but the design is also intended to make it last longer, even the “ornamental accessories” we’re adding.

With the fence work done, the landscaping can begin. The location for the larger plants, like this Palm, has already been worked out by the landscape designer, Catherine. But now she and Sharon are debating the placement of some of the smaller additions.

Catherine is also making another, unintended contribution to the project. Chelsea asked her to be a guest on her web show, Checking in with Chelsea. The project they’re creating is a concrete pendant light that Chelsea’s hoping her mom will use over the bar in the outdoor kitchen. Speaking of those cOuntertops. Allen is back with some fancy tools and a funky wardrobe to polish them. He’ll change the diamond pads on this wet polisher to finer and finer grits as he gets the surface smoother and smoother. While that part of the project is getting close to completion we’re just starting on the changeout of the old patio doors that lead into the dining room. This unit had one functioning door in the center with a fixed unit on either side. Because there were transoms above all three of them there is an enormous ten foot wide by nine foot high opening in the wall. Before, access was limited to that one three foot by seven foot door… but that’s all about to change.. Of course you’ll have to check out the fourth and final webisode in this series to find out how, don’t miss it!



Small Apartments That Go Big With Bold Decor Themes

Compact spaces are a satisfying source of challenge for interior designers. When you can practically see every room from any location in the home, it immediately becomes obvious why many small apartment residents opt for safe and neutral decor. The homes featured in this post take a daring approach – embracing bold color themes and creative decor despite their limited floor plans. Whether you need inspiration for your efficient apartment or just want ideas for a single room, these interiors offer unique ideas to consider.

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Small Apartments That Go Big With Bold Decor Themes

Compact spaces are a satisfying source of challenge for interior designers. When you can practically see every room from any location in the home, it immediately becomes obvious why many small apartment residents opt for safe and neutral decor. The homes featured in this post take a daring approach – embracing bold color themes and creative decor despite their limited floor plans. Whether you need inspiration for your efficient apartment or just want ideas for a single room, these interiors offer unique ideas to consider.

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Outdoor Living At Its Best Web Series: Part 1 – Decks & Patios – Today’s Homeowner

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Outdoor Living At Its Best Web Series: Part 1

By: Danny Lipford

In part 1 of my back patio renovation, I start by going over the design of the project with Catherine Arensberg of Azalea Street Designs. The roof is extended to cover the patio, and pockets are created for the motorized retractable screens from Phantom Screens. New V-groove ceiling material is installed on the patio, and the brick mason reworks the curvature of the retaining wall.

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Rendering of Catherine Arensberg’s design for the project.

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This is my backyard. It’s evolved some over the last 25 years since I originally built this house. At one point we decided we needed a hot tub so we extended the patio and built this little shed like roof to cover it. The arbor was an afterthought to create more privacy for the hot tub. A few years later we added a pool. In this climate we can use the pool 7 months out of the year so the hot tub almost never got any use after that. The hot tub is gone now and I recently noticed that my grill was in need of replacement, so what’s next? An outdoor kitchen of course! So Sharon and I met with a designer to start planning…

We also talked about updating some things that have fallen into disrepair, like the fountains on the patio and the privacy fence that surrounds the entire yard. Based on our conversation, Catherine has put together a plan to make it all happen. This will give use the kitchen area we wanted as well as dining and living areas which can be enclosed by screens. Unfortunately extending the roof to do this is a little more complicated than just adding another column and a few feet of roof. We’re going to have to remove the shed roof completely, so we can build a beam system that will support the new roof. Then we have to tear out part of the existing roof so we can tie in the new roof, matching the pitch that’s on the rest of the house.

These motorized screens are made by the folks at Phantom Screens. Several years ago I had the chance to include them in a project I was doing to update an early twentieth century home with modern materials and amenities. The idea was to retain the charm of an older home while making it as efficient and comfortable as a new home. These screens were the perfect solution for a deck that was the central point between the Kitchen, Family Room and the Master Bedroom. The screens didn’t change the aesthetics of the house because the motors that operate them are concealed inside pockets in the ceiling. When they’re up, you’d never know they were there. When they’re down the deck becomes another room for most of the year. That’s exactly the plan here too, so building the pockets for the screens is one of the the first things we do once the roof is completed. After that we can install the V groove ceiling material we talked about with Catherine. We applied wood conditioner, stain and the polyurethane finish to this wood in the shop before it was installed because it’s much easier that way and gives a much better result. As it goes up it’s obvious to me that this really will warm up the space the way I wanted it to. Next, the temporary wood supports for the new roof are being replaced with brick columns that will match the ones already in use on the patio. While Truit, the brick mason, is here I’ve asked him to re-work a section of the retaining wall that blocked our view of the waterfall by the pool. By changing the curve of the last few feet of the wall we’ll have a better view and the flower bed in front of the wall will be larger.

Because the wall was built long before the pool or the waterfall, it just worked out that way. But I’ve never liked it. Since we’re going all out to correct the other problems that our piecemeal improvements over the years have caused…. we’re fixing it now. The cinder blocks will do the real work of holding back the dirt on the hillside. Once they’re in place Truit will cover them with a layer of brick that matches the ones used on the rest of the wall.

While my Patio Project has come a long way there’s still a lot to be done! Be sure to check out the next webisoode to see how it all starts coming together.



3 Light Interiors With Creative Pops Of Color

These simple interiors are a nice palate cleanser after a long day of looking for more complicated design ideas. Each one is unique but they all share a common theme: a fresh and light atmosphere bursting with the energy of a few colorful accents. If you’re lucky enough to have a neutral interior, you’ll find this strategy easy to use – especially if you have an eye for placement, contrast, and color theory. But what if you don’t have the well-honed intuition of the designers featured in this post? Worry not, because these bright homes offer plenty of flexible ideas to help you get started.

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Overturned Car Turned into Awesome DIY Ping Pong Table

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French artist Benedetto Bufalino revealed a playful side to his artwork when he unveiled his latest installation: an overturned white sedan transformed into an awesome outdoor ping pong table.

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After flipping the sedan to reveal the car’s underbelly, he placed a ping pong table on its surface. He installed it at Maison Salvan – a platform for artists in Labege, France.

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Bufalino is known for his upcycled artwork. He’s transformed a police car into a chicken coop, a sedan into a Jacuzzi and built a cardboard motorbike.    

Overturned Car Turned into Awesome DIY Ping Pong Table

overturned-car-is-given-new-life-as-a-ping-pong-table-805x427

French artist Benedetto Bufalino revealed a playful side to his artwork when he unveiled his latest installation: an overturned white sedan transformed into an awesome outdoor ping pong table.

overturned-car-is-given-new-life-as-a-ping-pong-table7-805x536

overturned-car-is-given-new-life-as-a-ping-pong-table5-2-805x535

After flipping the sedan to reveal the car’s underbelly, he placed a ping pong table on its surface. He installed it at Maison Salvan – a platform for artists in Labege, France.

overturned-car-is-given-new-life-as-a-ping-pong-table3-2-805x536

Bufalino is known for his upcycled artwork. He’s transformed a police car into a chicken coop, a sedan into a Jacuzzi and built a cardboard motorbike.