Smokestack Fireplace and Grill

 

The Smokestack Fireplace and Grill is crafted in Holland from corten steel, and while already weather-resistant this tough material will continue to corrode over time to create a sustainable protective layer. Its industrial style is a great fit for outdoor spaces as is the design’s functionality that allows the fireplace to act as a grill with the addition of a stainless steel grate.

 

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Adding Exterior Character with James Hardie

 

It’s been nearly four years since I found myself buying an old house and moving back to the Pennsylvania town where I grew up. As you’ve seen, since then I’ve put my modern and eclectic stamp on the 118-year-old structure through projects and updates while trying to retain its character. I’ve added window shutters to the front facade, switched out all of the interior doorknobs, and replaced the front and backdoor entry sets among many other things.

The exterior is still not where I’d like it to be however, and doesn’t match up with my aesthetic. My hope is to give it a much needed facelift with new siding, as well as boxing in those columns and adding a porch that most certainly existed at some point in the past.

 

 

For your reference, this photo was taken last summer. The light fixture and mailbox have been replaced and some new plants have been added to the front flower bed, but that’s the extent of this past year’s progress.

One of my biggest peeves about the curb appeal – where the majority of the house’s character lies – is the mix of sidings used, both in colors as well as directionality. While I understand that this is an aesthetic some prefer, I’d love to have wide plank horizontal siding in one style and one color.

 

 

Something like this.

After putting some research time into this eventual project, I realized what a massive collection of products James Hardie has to offer as well as the quality that backs them up. Their product line offers a great selection of profiles, textures, widths, and colors, while their commitment to artistry and innovation allows for timeless designs and performance.

 

 

Now for the nitty gritty. James Hardie‘s ColorPlus Technology coats surfaces, edges, and features of each siding plank uniformly while multiple layers of color are baked onto each board for a great finish and a strong bond that resists chipping, peeling, cracking, and fading for years to come. With HardiePlank lap siding, HardieShingle siding, and HardiePanel vertical siding, you have the design versatility to achieve a look that’s sure to stand out on your street. They also allow you to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a 30-year non-prorated warranty on siding, a 15-year non-prorated warranty on trim, and ColorPlus Technology with a 15-year limited finish warranty.

 

 

Only James Hardie fiber cement products are Engineered for Climate. In the northern U.S. and Canada, HZ5 products resist shrinking, swelling, and cracking even after years of wet or freezing conditions. (Perfect for climate zones that experience it all, like Pennsylvania!) HZ10 products resist damage from hot, humid conditions, blistering sun and more. These products are actually tougher than the elements – they stand up to storms and harsh weather, are water resistant to protect against swelling, warping and cracking, and also resist mold. They’re fire resistant and her reduce the time and money you’d spend on maintenance of other materials. With all of these assurances you can feel good about everything James Hardie has to offer.

 

 

At this point I have a specific idea of how I’d like to add more character to the exterior of my home, but if you need some help check out James Hardie’s site for additional design inspiration. And if you’d like to check out their siding in person be sure and request some free samples to compare – choose from textured, smooth, or beaded.

 

 

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Fire Kit

 

When push comes to shove I will choose a match over a lighter any day of the week. This pocket-sized Fire Kit comes with strike anywhere matches that can be lit directly on the radial striker machined into the bottom of the canister. The waterproof canister also features a precision knurled cap for grip and is engraved with the message “Fire – Light & Warmth – Strike on bottom”.

 

 

 

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5 Collections of Modern Outdoor Furniture

Sunday Lounge Side Chair by Revolution Design House

Portland, Oregon-based Revolution Design House has reimagined the classic aluminum lawn chair into two modern versions, both the Sunday Lunge Side Chair and Armchair.

 

TRIMM Copenhagen

TRIMM Copenhagen has created an outdoor collection full of multifunctional products that can be used inside and out, all year round. Lightweight with attached handles, you can easily move each piece around according to use.

 

SP01 by Tom Fereday

SP01’s outdoor collection is an elegant series of chairs, tables, and stools by Australian designer Tom Fereday. Made in Italy by leading manufacturers, the range was designed and tested to withstand the toughest of environments – the Australian outdoors.

 

Wire S by Muller Van Severen

Muller Van Severen designed a series of outdoor loungers made with stainless steel netting to form curvy, three-dimensional structures. There are several variations of the loungers to choose from that in different shapes and sizes, as well as the choice of an unlacquered finish or a powder coated color.

 

By Your Side Table by Skagerak

Skagerak is a family-owned company crafting long-lasting designs through a global supply chain. Their outdoor collection is smartly made responsibly produced, it’s also easy to move around to suit your backyard needs.

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Spring Has Sprung: Birdhouses + Bird Feeders

Tweet Resto Bar Bird Feeders

This trio of simple and chic bird feeders give off a unique  modern effect. Made of acrylic glass, they’re lightweight and transparent. Attach them to the window with a silicone suction cup and cotton strings – with a plastic element that intentionally resembles red berries – and watch small birds flock in!

 

DIY Modern Birdhouse

Use leftover boards that you probably already have gathering dust to create this modern birdhouse with clean lines and pop of color.

 

Beekman Bird Feeder

This modern birdhouse has an open floor plan with a modern gabled roof, a black walnut dowel that runs all the way through (providing plenty of indoor and outdoor seating), and enough space to entertain and feed the local birds all summer long. It’s entirely suspended by a USA made nylon cord and designed to last a lifetime.

 

DIY Glass Shade Bird Feeders

Only three supplies are needed to make these modern glass shade bird feeders.

 

Vintage Camper Birdhouse

The construction of the birdhouse is fairly simple, but the details leave endless possibilities with making this kit personal to you. The finished camper should be a great home for a small bird family to start. The little windows are the right size to peek in, but still give the new hatchlings security. There’s nothing wrong with just sitting this kit up on your favorite shelf to show off your handy work, too!

 

DIY Acorn Bird Feeder

Use affordable wooden bowls, sisal rope, and a soda bottle to make this playful acorn-shaped bird feeder. When the birds have finished eating the food you can create a new birdseed mold and hang it again!

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BEEcosystem

 

If you didn’t know, honeybees are sort of in crisis mode right now, they’re declining in record numbers due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. With an aim to educate people about the importance of pollination, eco-driven designers Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle created BEEcosystem, a modular observation beehive. The BEEcosystem is a honeybee hive designed to make pollinator education more accessible to everyone, from hobbyists to agri/ecotourism and institutional educators. It’s indoor/outdoor wall-mountable and modular, and can grow along with your colony inside.

 

 

 

 

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