Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Review of "Ultimate Backyard - Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living"

5 stars
Ultimate Backyard - Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living
Michelle Kodis
Gibbs Smith Pub.
ISBN: 1586857932
Available Here



While not all of us have unlimited funds or unlimited time to spend creating the perfect backyard, nearly all of us enjoy poring over countless books full of inspiration for our yards. This March '06 book from Michelle Kodis gives many ideas for transforming that plain backyard into a lovely oasis. The book is organized into sections.

Section one describes "Outdoor Rooms". This section takes us into homes all over the country, including an Oregon Coast cottage, an urban paradise, an outdoor room for a family, and even an outdoor room "just for kids".

Section two describes "Indoor/Outdoor Connections". This section deals with how to make the indoor of you home that leads into the backyard flow seamlessly. We are taken to visit homes in this section as well, including a home in bustling Santa Monica, California, a desert home in Sedona, Arizona, a private retreat in rural New Hampshire, and other homes.

Section three deals with "Water". How can you incorporate this liquid that is so necessary to life in your outdoor space? Kodis shows how homeowners in Arizona, Aspen, the San Fernando Valley, Vail, L.A., and other areas have successfully used water aspects in their back yards, to create a bit of "heaven on Earth".

Section four, the final section, is titles "Creative Landscapes". This section takes the reader from California, to Vermont, to New York, and beyond, demonstrating how to creatively use the space you are given, whether small or large. It also shows how to blend your backyard into your native surroundings.

"Ultimate Backyard" is just that... the ultimate guide to creating your dream yard. Whether you are ready to begin the transformation, or merely a dreamer like me, this book is one that should be sitting on your coffee table, ready to peruse.

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