Curbly Original
Adding Curb Appeal with Simple DIY Landscaping

by Alicia Lacy


The Curbly House has come a long way since we bought it two years ago. From major construction to a whirlwind makeover with the ever-talented Emily Henderson, the interior of the house has been showered with love. But, the outside, not so much.

This spring, we committed ourselves to begin the process of prettying up the outside of our house and creating some much needed curb appeal. While we have a long road ahead that includes having the...

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Makeover Madness: The Landscape Edition

by DIY Maven

created at: 07/18/2011

Pavers, plants and ponds, oh my! 'Tis landscaping season in Curblyland. If you have a vision of a backyard oasis dancing in your head but need a little inspirational push to start digging in, here are five fabulous before and afters to prime the pump.

We start with a project from Visionscapes Northwest. The backyard of this property looks all too familiar. It WAS bland and barren, but take a look at it now:

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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 3

by Bruno Bornsztein

I spent the last three weeks digging, hauling, cutting, and oftentimes cursing our backyard into shape with a new patio and walkway. In this installment of the series, I get started on the actual demolition and construction. Come follow my progress on the HouseLogic.com blog!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

Click play to watch a timelapse of our patio and walkway coming together:   

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Mega Roundup: 20 Modern Gardens to Delight and Inspire!

by Capree K

created at: 06/23/2011

It's 95 degrees today and all I can think about is retreating to a lush garden with a cold drink and a good book.  If that garden happens to have a pool, all the better.  Instead, the reality of my yard is a rectangle of semi-alive grass surrounded by vinyl fencing.  It's boring and drab, but after drooling over these modern gardens, I'm starting to see some serious potential.  If your yard is in a similar state, it's time to hop on board the inspiration train!  Here are over 20 modern gardens that are sure to delight the eye and get those creative juices flowing.  

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Recycled Concrete Planter Wall

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our hilarious leftover concrete pile

As you may know, I recently re-did our backyward walkway, taking out (what felt like) a ton of concrete, and replacing it with paver stones (here's the blog post series on that, if you'd like to follow along). 

As a little side project, we had to figure out what to do with all the leftover concrete. We had a pile of it that was about 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall, in assorted shapes and sizes, behind the garage. Of course, we could've...

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DIY Modern Concrete Planter

by Kelly B

The landscaping around my house – if you could even call it that – has been the aspect of my home I'm least proud of. And the reasoning is simple, my modern tastes can make things really expensive really fast. But with a little elbow grease, these DIY concrete planters just might be the start of something wonderful for my home's curb appeal!

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Secrets of Big League Grass Cutters

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

You mean to tell me that there's not a secret society of grass cutters who meet up to learn how to stripe, plaid, and argyle the grass on big league fields???? I thought this was a closed club. Turns out the big secret is to push or pull a water filled roller along with your mower to create the directional reflection. David R. Mellor, the "Picasso of the playing field" shared

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Swimming Pool Be-Gone

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 05/03/2010

Most people think having a swimming pool in the backyard is a treat. WRONG!! Every year I add up how much money we literally pour into our pool and think, "Fill it in!"  This California homeowner decided to give up the whole shebang and opted for a socially, swingin' bocce ball court, fire pit and beautifully landscaped pathways.

Check out the cleaned out yard and the new party plaza.

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HGTV's New Outdoor Room

by DIY Maven

The new year begins with a new offering from HGTV. The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie premiers on January 1 and it just might be worth a slot on the DVR. If you haven't heard of Jamie Durie, he's a hunky landscape 'artist' from Australia with impeccable taste. Jamie's clients have included A-list celebs and 5-star hotels. He gather's inspiration from around the world to create his designs. For instance, with Jamie's help the back yard pictured above went from dust bowl to Sonoman paradise. This is what it looks like now:

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20 Ways to Boost Your Curb-ly Appeal

by DIY Maven

BHG has a list of 20 great ways to boost your curb appeal. They’ve even catagorized them into projects that can be accomplished in a day, week or even month.

In a day:

  1. Create a symmetrical entryway by adding sidelights and containers filled with flowers.
  2. Replace old hardware like house numbers and lockset.
  3. Punch up your front door with a fresh coat of colorful paint and polish the door fixtures.
  4. Replace your mailbox or dress up the one you...

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FREE On-Line Garden Planner

by DIY Maven

Editor's Note: We just published an updated round-up and review of all the best online garden planners out there. Check it out here!

We found the best free online garden planner.

 

First there was the free on-line room planner, and now, just in time for planting season, we have the free on-line garden planner. You draw your dream garden and then pave it, plant it, and populate it with such things as trees, flowers, ponds, fountains and even garden gnomes. The website should come...

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