Shrubs and trees planted too close to your house can trap moisture, damage siding when the wind blows, and fill gutters with debris. “I want to be able to walk behind shrubs — they need to be at least three feet from the house and from air conditioning units because they block airflow,” says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. “With trees, you don’t want them rubbing against the house at all. If the sun can’t dry your house, you’ll have to repaint more often because mold and pollen will build up.” Prune regularly to keep your house envelope clear.
Climbing vines like ivy, although beautiful, can splinter and rot wood siding and even weaken the mortar between bricks. Prune any existing ivy so that it stays away from windows, gutters and trim. If your heart is set on adding a climbing vine, choose a twining vine that wraps around a trellis or other nearby structure rather than a vine that climbs by tendrils or rootlets that cling to the surface of your house.
Cottage Open Plan Kitchen With Green Backsplash
A mint green backsplash is a pretty spot of color in this open plan kitchen. For lighting, can't beat the elegance of a good globe pendant!
Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel who is the winner of multiple awards including the Pritzer Prize, 40 Mercer is Nouvel's first New York project. Located in the heart of Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, this loft-style 2,200 square foot apartment features 11 foot ceilings and the incredible view only a corner lot could deliver. An automated glass curtain wall opens to allow the outdoors in.
Tasked with fitting a washer and two dryers into this slim laundry room, designer RaeLynn Callaway of Classically Yours Interiors had limited space to add storage. She configured the cabinets to make the most of every inch, including open niches for bins and baskets. She also paid special attention to aesthetics, with lively green paint and corner cabinets that house art and accents. "I have realized that if you have a 'happy' laundry room you have a happy laundry person," Callaway says. Fun colors, cabinet hardware, flooring patterns and decor can really make a difference."
This glamorous, sleek master bath features Calcutta marble floors with — perfect for a Manhattan apartment — timer-controlled radiant heat. The dual sink vanity features white oak and walnut topped with a glass countertop.
This 40 Mercer apartment features two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths with the option of a third bedroom. Large windows make the entire city a moving canvas in this artsy apartment situated in New York City's one-time gallery neighborhood, SoHo.
Dark hardwood flooring runs from the kitchen, with a large marble island and seating for six guests, to the blue, transitional living room. The white painted fireplace features a floating, wooden mantel and is the focal point in the space, surrounded with leather chairs and a comfy sofa positioned for family gatherings.
Midcentury Ranch Home Atop Grassy Hill With Stone Slabs
This midcentury ranch home sits on top of a hill, thus minimizing the view of structural roof items that would normally be visible. A large expanse of grass is broken up by large stones as well as a walkway made from large stone slabs.