Ideas FileExterior Steps
As you can see, there is a sketch included with this "design
tip." This tip is the beginning of a new category, called "Ideas File."
What is an "ideas file?" It is a file that
contains magazine photos, sketches, fabric swatches, etc. The items in this file are ideas
that youd like to use in the future.
The sketch, above, comes from my "idea file." This concept can be applied, in
whole or part, to a number of places outside your home. For example, you could place bird
houses, planters, and/or vertical house numbers: (1) at your front or rear entry, (see
sketch), (2) on your deck, or, (3) on a fence. You can find terra cotta pots and house
numbers, at your local hardware store or nursery. To determine the size of these items,
consider the scale of your home, the dimensions of your steps, and the widths of your
rails or posts. This idea can be applied year round. Simply change the plants to suit the
weather or climate.
Create your idea files!
Catherine Foust McGivern, IIDA
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Author: Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified, Principal