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Sunlight? Breezes? Tell me more!
by Katy Purviance on 05/08/08 @ 12:59:27 pm
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I just read this article by Carol Venolia in Natural Home Magazine. It’s called “Enlightening the Row House: Daylight, fresh air and outdoor living space turn a dark, cramped Washington, D.C., townhouse into a hospitable retreat.”

She had me at “Daylight, fresh air…”

I had to read on.

She tells us about a guy named Scott who started redoing his backyard and kitchen…and then…well, YOU know what happened next.

He couldn’t stop!

He called in Rick Harlan Schneider of Inscape Studio who worked with the site’s sunlight, breezes, walls and wildlife to create a light, open, outdoors-oriented home.

Sunlight? Breezes? Tell me more!

(Did I mention I work in a windowless office with forced air that smells like whatever the people upstairs are having for lunch?)

“Scott wanted a garden space,” Schneider says, “but there really wasn’t enough area to plant things horizontally. So we came up with what we call his ‘vertical gardens.’” A cedar fence brimming with potted plants and planter boxes surrounds Scott’s new stone patio, improving the view from the kitchen and capturing rainwater at the same time. A patio fireplace with a custom grill functions as a cookstove in summer and a heat source in cooler seasons. A strip of pea gravel carries water runoff back into the ground


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