Topping Off Your Hardscape with a Ceiling

Ceilings, living or manmade, offer shelter, shade, enclosure, privacy, architectural interest, and a place to hang your wind chimes. One of my favorite memories of my youth is of an intimate little patio tucked into the back fence line of an old house, enclosed on all sides but the front, sheltered from rain by a solid roof, and furnished with an old-fashioned glider with thick, comfy cushions and a couple of big armchairs. It was nothing fancy, but I vividly recall sitting there for hours in a state of complete peace. Thinking back on it in later years, I realized that if you took away any of the sides — especially the roof — the cozy magic would be lost.

Like floors and walls, ceilings may be part of an outdoor room (see "Using Sustainable Hardscape Features to Build an Outdoor Room," later in this chapter). This section explains the ins and outs of outdoor ceilings.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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