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What to expect when working with an architect

The process of working with an architect is quite fluid, with the architect donning many hats at various times, from big picture thinker to detailed project manager. No matter what type of project, be prepared to follow these five basic steps.

How to design the ultimate backyard retreat

When faced with a bare and unappealing yard or patio, it can be hard to see the potential for creating a dynamic and inviting outdoor room, but these seven tips will help you turn your backyard into an oasis.

Where to start when designing your garden

Lauren Hall-Behrens, landscape designer and founder of Lilyvilla Gardens in Portland, Oregon, outlines nine guiding principles to follow when designing your garden.

The Biggest Renovation Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them

Architect Melody Emerick reveals the biggest renovation mistakes, and offers advice on how to make sure they don't happen. Spoiler: Stop worrying so much about who might live in your home next.