Saturday, March 20, 2010

Modern Fire Pit | Check

Purchased this Firesense Hotspot Revolver Fire Pit on overstock for $180 plus bing 10% cashback. Most places it's selling for 250ish. Even though at this point we haven't done anything to the backyard maybe this will be motivation! At least we can roast marshmallows this summer! Also looked at the sparky fire pit at CB2, which I do like better with the curving bowl, but at $250 plus shipping is a bit much.  This one saves some $$$ and I always love something that does double duty with it's bamboo wood table top.  Funny, the CB2 one has no reviews but apparently it got reviews last year, bad ones at that.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Landscape Likes | Concrete Patio

This looks like the patio we want to put in the northwest corner of the backyard. I still need to post our plan for the backyard (as well as our "before" or actually current photos) that the wonderful Stacie Crooks drafted up for us. I'm very excited about it - but it will take lots of time, money and effort. I'm calling it the 10-yr plan, but hopefully it will be more like the 5-yr. We'll see!
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Landscape Likes | Corten Steel and Richlite Raised Beds

From a Valerie Easton article.

I just saw some corten steel edging that looked awesome, and here are these beds... I think I may have seen them walking around the Ravenna area... I'll have to go back and take pics. Wonder how much something like this would run. Guess it's back to the sheet metal shops.

And another paperstone/richlite application - raised bed/retaining wall... interesting...
Take for example these artful, practical raised beds built of repurposed steel, designed by Cameron Scott for Seattle management consultant and foodie Joan Caine.
Caine wanted a garden crafted of sustainable materials in which to grow herbs, lettuces, and vegetables to use in her daily cooking. Cameron came up with a solution so sculptural that the front garden looks great even in the dead of winter. He used Corten, or oxidized steel, which starts out black when it's raw, then turns rusty, but never rusts through. Scott coated the inside of the beds with a natural rubber product to protect the metal from leaching into the soil. The steel is so thin it doesn't take up much space, and it heats the soil up in springtime, getting Joan's vegetables off to a good start. "Her vegetables have just jumped right out of the beds," says Cameron, "the tomatoes love the extra heat."
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