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A master of using reclaimed items, expert Matthew Levesque covers the basics of hardscaping, garden construction, and outdoor decor using local materials. He includes essential techniques and step-by-step guidance for transforming unconventional salvaged materials into pathways, decking, fences, screens, containers, seating, and more. The Revolutionary Yardscape also shows readers how to see the beauty and possibility in salvaged materials. Levesque gives tips on how to think outside the garden box — from imagining a pile of old keys becoming a rain chain to seeing the infinite possibilities in scrap metal and piping.
This new set of skills embraces the idea of finding an object first and letting the design plan follow. Vividly illustrated with photographs of exciting contemporary projects, The Revolutionary Yardscape will make gardeners think outside the box by designing with unexpected materials.
"If you've got a garage, you've got junk. Heck, if you've got a closet, drawer or shelf, you've got junk. Not in the eyes of Matthew Levesque, though. This guy can turn anything into garden decor. The best part? He'll show you how to do it, too."
“Helps readers look at old junk with fresh eyes and come up with their own reuses.”
"A valuable source for ideas on working art, paths, water features and other ornamentation into backyard landscapes."
“This fantastic book full of innovative ideas will overturn readers preconceived notions about salvaged materials and their potential.”
“Levesque incorporates the unlikely into creative solutions for the garden and patio.”
Posted December 9, 2011
This book was not what I expected, but it may have been because I did not thoroughly research contents of book before I purchased. I thought the ideas were based on items found in flea markets, old homes,and common household cast-offs such as: old tools, old concrete pieces, windows, pots, furniture, etc. I was disappointed that most of the primary materials used were cast-offs from manufacturers and commercial materials. The pictures and ideas were good, but not for the everyday do-it-yourself backyard.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.