Ultimate Backyard: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living

Ultimate Backyard: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living

by Michelle Kodis
     
 

Backyards everywhere are going through striking transformations. No longer just squares of grass contained within a fence, backyards as we know them have evolved into design-savvy extensions of the homes they accompany-indeed, the backyard has risen in status to become one of the most important rooms in the house. Today, more and more homeowners are realizing that

Overview

Backyards everywhere are going through striking transformations. No longer just squares of grass contained within a fence, backyards as we know them have evolved into design-savvy extensions of the homes they accompany-indeed, the backyard has risen in status to become one of the most important rooms in the house. Today, more and more homeowners are realizing that committing time and money toward the goal of a beautiful outdoor living space brings many rewards, among them a savvy financial investment, a sizable increase in the livable space of their property, and the ability to experience the outdoors without leaving home.

Although the desire to connect to the outdoors is fundamental to the human spirit, sometimes it can be difficult to see beyond the limitations of a site, or a tight budget, or a lack of space. Ultimate Backyard features dozens of examples of outdoor spaces that have either been released from their formerly drab existence or designed and built from the ground up. Whether in the middle of a city or the middle of nowhere, the secrets of inviting and architecturally unique outdoor spaces are revealed in colorful detail in the pages within. The common theme is simple but powerful: dwellings that connect to the environment directly through their architecture.

Author Michelle Kodis offers hundreds of suggestions for all budgets and locations, in the process covering everything from a rooftop outdoor living room in a small mountain town in Wyoming to an Eichler remodel in a busy California suburb. Organized into four easy-to-navigate sections-Outdoor Rooms, Indoor/Outdoor Connections, Water and Creative Landscapes-Ultimate Backyard is your ultimate guide to taking your backyard from ordinary to extraordinary and doing so with architectural flair and style.

Michelle Kodis, who received her master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University, specializes in writing about design and architecture. She is the author of the Gibbs Smith, Publisher, "Blueprint" series: Blueprint Small: Creative Ways to Live with Less, Blueprint Affordable: How to Build a Beautiful House Without Breaking the Bank, and Blueprint Remodel: Tract Home Transformations That Turn Everyday to Extraordinary. Her favorite outdoor spaces are in and around the mountains near Telluride, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. She is currently at work on additional titles for Gibbs Smith, Publisher.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586857936
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
03/30/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction

What is more fundamental to the human spirit than the need to connect to nature? As we become an increasingly harried and technologically driven society, many of us develop an even greater longing for the solace of a forest, the sound of a waterfall, the tapestry of a sunset. If you, too, feel this desire beginning to well up, it doesn't mean you have to move to the country or seclude yourself on the top of a mountain. As you will see in this book, there are many wonderful ways to strengthen your relationship to the outdoors, and it doesn't matter where you live or how much money you have. Beautiful, soul-soothing outdoor spaces are for everyone, and this book was written with that thought firmly in mind.

My goal when researching and writing this book was to present dwellings that connect to their site primarily through their architecture. There is a common thread here, and it's pretty straightforward: great contemporary design. The backyards and outdoor spaces featured in these pages all reveal a sensitive response to the site and showcase ways to enhance the sensory aspects of the outdoor experience.

Meet the Author

Michelle Kodis is the author of Blueprint Small: Creative Ways to Live With Less, Blueprint Affordable: How to Build a Beautiful House Without Breaking the Bank, Blueprint Remodel: Tract Home Transformations That Turn Everyday to Extraordinary, Ultimate Backyard: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living, and Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens: Inspired Designs and Plans. She lives in the mountains of Colorado.

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