Renovation Detail: The Ribbon Driveway

This week my husband and I will be presenting our ribbon driveway plans to our township zoning board. This timeless driveway layout includes green grass running between two parallel strips of pavement. Dating back to the 1920s, the layout was created before the days of paving. After extended periods of parking the vehicle ruts shaped, leaving only a patch of grass down the center. Eventually the ruts were filled in with concrete, and the ribbon driveway was created.

Nowadays the layout is making a comeback because of its environmental advantages and nostalgic appeal. Environmentalists are drawn to the layout for many reasons: It demands less impervious substance, features added greenery and means much less water runoff.

In Fullerton, California, the town’s preservation principles say that citizens are invited to have a ribbon drive to break up the expanse of paving and to provide increased landscaping. I enjoy the way you think, Fullerton!

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Ribbon drives have the capacity to shape to property limitations, natural obstacles or homes, as shown here.

Madson Design

With individual concrete pads, this modern spin on the ribbon drive has an increased amount of green space and eases water drainage.

Gast Architects

Rather than the standard concrete and grass ribbon, this California drive includes pavers, slate and greenery in a grid layout.

Brooks Ballard

This house’s driveway pays homage to the ribbon’s Craftsman roots. Additional historical characteristics include the house’s gable dormer, brick porch pedestals and prairie-style window muntins.

Without the landscaped portion of this ribbon drive, water runoff would be a major concern for all these property owners. However, the grass aids in relieving water toward the home.

Engineered green grass is great for climates that do not need snow removal, such as this La Jolla, California, home.

Avondale Custom Homes

Encouraged by The Beatles, I can’t help but inhale “the long and winding ribbon” while admiring this drive.

FGY Architects

Opening up onto a carport and parking pad, the landscaped center portion of this ribbon driveway breaks up what would otherwise be a large, impervious area.

Brooks Ballard

Leading to a two-car garage, this ribbon drive includes extensive landscaping, an environmental plus.

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Gravel Driveways: Crunching the Advantages and Disadvantages

The driveway is the first thing we encounter when coming at a house and the very last thing we see if we leave. There are several substances to choose from when laying the path for an enduring impression — most commonly asphalt, concrete, pavers and gravel. Today I’ll cover the fundamentals of gravel driveways, plus the advantages and disadvantages.

Noel Cross+Architects

Gravel Driveway Basics

Cost: $1 to $5 per square foot, although setup costs vary widely based on where you live and the type of base required

Durability: Lifetime, with proper maintenance

Sort of gravel: This depends upon your region, but angular contours are preferred over around.

Care: Weed control and top-dressing (replenishing surface gravel); grading as needed and keeping the stones from the lawn and garage

Siemasko + Verbridge

Now that you have a fast rundown of things to expect from gravel, let’s talk about the fun part: aesthetics. Given the natural tones of the pebbles that make up a gravel driveway, it is very likely to be a fantastic alternative beside a warm- or neutral-color outdoor.

Aneka Interiors Inc..

The very long gravel path leading up to the beautiful house enhances the rustic charm of this exterior. Like a fantastic carpet, it ties together, and also the landscape transitions effortlessly into the house.

Summerset Gardens/Joe Weuste

This gravel driveway meanders along the border of what feels like a house in the French countryside. While substances like pavers can give a similar vibe, the gravel matches this landscape quite nicely.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

These crimson garage doors are absolutely striking against a backdrop of soft-tone gravel. They would not be quite as glowing in the event the driveway was put in black asphalt.

Poor House Interior Design

The laid-back gravel driveway makes this modern exterior casually inviting. Concrete might have made it feeling stiff and rigid, and pavers would have been overly busy.

Abby Design and Construction

With this point, I’m developing a bit jealous of all of these magnificent cave driveways. Let’s cover the advantages and disadvantages of these.

Advantages

1. It is easy on your budget. Enormous driveways are a lot more affordable to outfit in gravel compared to any other substance, though you do have to top-dress every couple of years to keep gravel looking fine.

Company & Woodburn Landscape Architecture

2. It’s easy to maintain. Adding gravel occasionally is faster than sealing an asphalt driveway and doesn’t need special tools. If you have a trailer to haul it in, along with a couple of hours, a spade and a rake, you are all set.

One thing to think about with gravel is that weeds will probably creep up through the stones, so to keep your driveway looking fine, you’ll have to pull frequently or use a weed killer (sparingly, and not where it can run off into a water source).

Jeffrey Dungan Architects

3. It satisfies many different house styles. It may bring out the natural beauty of a house over many other substances can.

Witt Construction

4. It is permeable. When gravel is installed properly, rainwater will penetrate right into the earth, replenishing groundwater.

McKEE CARSON

Cons

1. Snow removal. For people who reside in temperate climates, removing snow from a rocky surface is a hassle, and removing the stones that get pushed into the lawn after shoveling or plowing is a much bigger hassle.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

2. Ruts and sinkholes. Gravel will shift over time, forming grooves where water can puddle. Grooves are also a nuisance to push on, unless you are in the idea of a driveway full with your very own speed bumps. Fortunately, these may be leveled out with more gravel.

Ana Williamson Architect

3. Dust and dirt. Keep in mind that driving gravel can create more dust than any other type of material.

Inform us : Can you have a gravel drive? Share the advantages and disadvantages with us under!

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Master Gold and Silver's Metallic Mix

Metallics are all the rage at the moment, which means silver and gold alike are topping the d├ęcor charts. If both hit your fancy and you’re worried you are going to have to select one or the other, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Gone is yesterday’s perception that silver and gold do not belong at the same ensemble; in actuality, mixing them is supported.

Metallics are dynamic by nature, and the mix of silver and gold in particular lends not just an intriguing contrast but also a feeling of visual measurement and feel. With the right balance of the two, your house can feel equally tasteful and eclectic.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by this venture, keep reading for several recommendations to begin making the look work for you. Happy mixing!

For People design

Don’t feel like you need to go wild off the bat. Rather, build your confidence by beginning small. It might be as simple as introducing a chair with silver elements into a space with gold accessories.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

Or pull gold accessories right into a room with silver hardware. By starting with smaller quantities of both gold and silver, you can get a sense for how the 2 metallics play off each other without worrying about too permanent a commitment.

Amoroso Design

Play with vignettes. Don’t feel like they have to be complicated: Transferring a silver chair under a gold-framed image will give you a feeling of how each component acts within the space.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Add more silver and gold accessories for your vignette to see how different colors of every interact. Try many different objects until you get the balance right. Knowing how to attack equilibrium in smaller sections will give you more confidence to pull off the colors across the space, if that is what you’re aiming to ultimately do.

CIH Design

Instead of accessories or frames, see how gold or silver furnishings work inside a vignette. Being both silver and gold, this piece does double duty: it is silver backsplash produces a balanced contrast against the gold lamppost and image frame.

For People design

Once you’re feeling more sure of yourself, you can pull silver and gold further into the area. In case you have gold near the top of the area, such as in a light fixture, pull down the color by including a rug with gold accents. Pepper the space in between, for example table surfaces, with silver accessories to achieve that feeling of balance.

Nina Jizhar

Step away and look at the big image. Have you ever chosen curtains with a gold hue in your dining area? Center your desk in front of the chimney and hang on a silver ceiling fixture; even once you walk in the space, you are going to see just how one complements the other.

Heather Garrett Design

This is another case of looking at the big image. In case you’ve got several gold pieces in your walls, think about balancing the look with a silver coffee table or even silver accessories beneath your current coffee table.

Susan Jay Design

Be daring with your contrasts. Finish a silver vanity counter in the toilet with a gold sink and tap.

Sindahl

Consider how you see to your walls. 1 option is to pick wallpaper with metallic features, then fill the space with silver and gold accessories to play off the wallpaper.

Chic Decor & Design, Margarida Oliveira

Or think about translating among those colors into a relaxing shade with paint. Think buttery gold or silver grayish silver. These can mix with both silver and gold accents without stealing the show.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

In case you’ve got a large space, look at creating a separation of places by concentrating more gold in 1 space and more silver in a different. In this bedroom, the sitting area features more colors of silver while the mattress itself is heavier in golds, creating distinction in every space. On the other hand, the entire area as a whole feels cohesive as the drapes and paint pull in both colors.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

Look at going big with a single colour and settling for accents with the other. This set of Japanese silver screens invigorates this space with an eclectic punch; gold accessories onto the coffee table provide just the ideal subtle variation.

Panache Interiors

Or if gold is more your colour, make a splash with a ceiling painted in the shade. A mattress frame in silver complements the daring paint option so it will not seem overwhelming. Who could not help but feel glamorous beneath this stunning ceiling?

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Dry Riverbeds Solve Water Runoff

With spring here, you may be wondering how to control runoff from snow or rain hitting lands. Sudden or mismanaged water is not just inconvenient; in certain areas it is really dangerous. In my native Los Angeles, too much water can cause slope destabilization, slides and ocean pollution as runoff overwhelms storm methods. These are nasty troubles, but one of the potential solutions is extremely beautiful!

Dry riverbeds are a visually striking way to participate and manage the water on a house, whether you expect flash flooding or just aspire to ensure that you command and direct the water that enters your site as quickly as possible.

Landscape Architects, Golden Associates

While dry riverbeds are all workhorse features, don’t underestimate their capability to make a positive visual impact. In arid landscapes, the mixture of river rock and other permeable materials like this contrasting, colorful gravel could be dramatic and aesthetically pleasing.

Celine Fisk

While it may or might not be true in this backyard, it is possible to track water to feed water features like this small fountain.

Cassy Aoyagi, FormLA Landscaping

While the sense of power and energy created by the dry riverbed above is enhanced by the contrast in colour between the river rock and surrounding stone, riverbeds surrounded by materials of more similar materials, like the decomposed granite still convey richness and energy.

Note: A rain string visible on the left of this photo allows water to permeate into the ground and feed back into the groundwater table. An infiltration pit could help move excess water off the house.

While infiltration is favored, dry riverbeds can also help extra water percolate onsite before efficiently leaving the house after it has saturated the soil.

Cassy Aoyagi, FormLA Landscaping

While generally associated with more xeriscaped seems, as desert gardens live or die in their ability to efficiently handle sudden and low water, dry riverbeds can match a vast array of aesthetics.

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A dry riverbed will help stabilize a slope by providing a place for water to escape, also a significant factor in preventing slides. This specific river may also feed an infiltration pit.

Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group

Dry riverbeds will help route water away from the base of a structure. This is important, so many structures are made without a firm understanding of the natural water flow on a house.

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This riverbed appears to feed a biological pond, a gorgeous and effective way to store water onsite while permitting some water to percolate and infiltrate the groundwater table.

Dry riverbeds are just 1 strategy for managing and directing extra water. Watch for forthcoming more ideabooks on associated subjects and test out Erin Lang Norris’ post on rain chains.

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Colorfully Collected at Austin

“Take the time to collect pieces that reveal you, and take care of them,” says designer Esther LaVonne. “They will look great in almost any area you reside in.” She comes across the very same challenges as other homeowners, but does her best to employ her personal style philosophy within her modern tri-level at the heart of downtown Austin. “Mix it up” She states. “It’s all about creating different layers within the space through various styles of furniture, bold color palettes and one-of-a-kind pieces”

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Who lives here: Designer Esther LaVonne and her Boston terrier Jovie
Location: Five blocks from downtown Austin and Town Lake. “I love that I can jog in the mornings and wander into concerts in the evenings,” she states.
Size: 1,300 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Designer/Builder: Dean Van Landuyt

Kara Mosher

The living space has a very open design, with windows on all three walls lending views of downtown Austin. LaVonne’s aesthetic is brilliant and funky, very similar to her favourite designer, Los Angeles-based Kelly Wearstler, whose style is classic, edgy and hot all at one time.

LaVonne has always known she wanted to own a design firm. She states, “I literally called a lady that owned her own firm 12 times right when I graduated so that I could begin working for her and learning the ropes. Three decades after I was prepared to begin my own firm.”

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Kara Mosher

The contemporary black cone alloy ottomans from the corner are from outlet decor stores. The ottomans were originally green and blue and LaVonne gave them a coat of green paint to match her decor. Her color placement is crucial in creating the space.

If LaVonne can change anything about the home it is to bring a balcony. “The big windows from the living space are fantastic, but it could be so good to slide them open as a way to work outside once in awhile”

Kara Mosher

Kara Mosher

Since LaVonne occasionally works out of home, having a coordinated and comfortable workspace is vital. One of her main design problems when moving in was figuring out which corner of the room could be her office area. “I wanted to get a opinion when I worked and I also wanted customers to have the ability to socialize with me if they stopped by,” she states.

The black-and-white Marilyn Monroe art print was updated with a red terry fabric mat when LaVonne transferred into her new home. Formerly, the crimson was hot pink.

The black leather upholstery for the Louis XVII seat for her desk is one of LaVonne’s biggest splurges for her home. Her dream piece for the house: “Certainly a daring, thick silk black-and-white striped Madeline Winerib 8-by-10 area carpeting. Those are the kind of rugs you maintain forever and move on to your kids. They’re beautiful handmade masterpieces.”

Kara Mosher

Kara Mosher

The coffee table in the living room holds many interesting pieces, giving guests a glimpse to LaVonne’s taste. “My personal style is influenced by bright colors, graphic patterns, ferocious lines and anything one-of-a-kind or unique,” she states. The red coffee table is from LaVonne’s Electric Expression line and the “Live,” “Work, “Produce,” prints are also LaVonne originals.

On choosing her color palette she states, “I have always loved red but I especially love the tones of colours in fashion recently are extremely intense. This can be exemplified in the color-blocking styles you see on road attire. The red I selected is a bright cherry vintage red and works nicely with all of the graphic black bits I have.”

Kara Mosher

Kara Mosher

LaVonne shares her space with Boston terrier Jovie. Jovie is as warm and welcoming as the home. The open area and light wood floors are perfect for a dog his size.

The golden yellow velvet loveseat is a Craigslist treasure LaVonne located in San Antonio. Its bold primary color and diamond tufting design serves as a focal point and sets the tone for the space.

Kara Mosher

The dining room is clean and inviting. The seats were a Craigslist find.

If LaVonne were to have any four people over for dinner she would have: Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Hillary Clinton and Iyanla Vanzant. This creative and unique group reflects the basis of her property.

Lamp, dining tabe, storage containers: Ikea

Kara Mosher

The next floor of LaVonne’s residence includes her bedroom and bath, and feels like a studio area. The big leaning mirror beside the sink keeps a clean and modern feel.

Kara Mosher

Although LaVonne loves her home, the one space she would revamp is the bedroom, which now serves as both a sleeping and music space. “I need a hot headboard and enjoyable nightstands. I’m working on a separate music space,” she states. “I want my bedroom to sense more amorous than just a place to generate music.”

Bedding and pillow covers: Ikea

Kara Mosher

The black armchair alongside LaVonne’s colorful closet fits the leather upholstered seat utilized as her desk chair on the next floor.

Kara Mosher

LaVonne’s kitchen cabinetry matches the light-colored wood tones from the hardwood floors throughout the space. Lots of natural light streams through the area, with windows on all sides offering views of downtown Austin.

Kara Mosher

This is LaVonne’s modern exterior. Even though she’s settled into her home, she states, “I shall really should change some of the artwork and pillows soon as my design eye becomes accustomed to details very fast. I need new fun pieces around me to inspire and maintain my job living!”

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