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Aug 17, 2012 5:39AM
I really like the waterfall that you have there.  Where did you get your construction materials?  I have been looking to do something similar to this, but I can't find a place that has stones like the ones that you have.  I will have to keep on looking!
Oct 3, 2009 11:48AM

Very interesting and informative. The only thing additional that I would like to see is a vegetable garden component, so that food can be produced on these properties that can be shared with others who are less fortunate. All of us have a responsibility to use our resources to help others, and an agricultural component would do a lot toward fulfiling that goal.

Jul 18, 2009 9:21PM
I found the before picts but can't find the after photo's?
Jul 5, 2009 10:05AM
   I take the information and downsize it to fit my finances and available space.  Much of these makeovers are overpriced and extreme.  If you do the work yourself you are going to cut 50% of the price and have the satisfaction of getting exactly what you want.  One of the best upgrades was just an outside fire pit and some grass and rocks.  How difficult is that to do?
Jul 5, 2009 9:57AM
While the pool one is interesting looking, I find it frustrating as a scientist to see water edges completely built up. Perhaps it is just how the pic was taken (I doubt it)... but I prefer the old trees and rustic look. It is a shame that consideration towards the environment is considered.
Jul 5, 2009 8:17AM
Not to many people have this kind of money. Try to show improvements that the AVERAGE person can afford, then I think it would be useful.
Jul 5, 2009 5:48AM
I felt sick to my stomach looking at all the waste of money and and natural resources. I'm all but homeless in this economy so it's difficult to not feel resentment at people whose insecurities and lack of priorities would induce them to spend 20 grand (I live on less than 5 a year) on landscaping. Especially when you consider they are probably never home to enjoy it because they have to work night and day to pay off the mortage and other debt incurred to accomplish these projects.
Jul 5, 2009 4:49AM

I also agree ...way to pricey   !!!! Who can afford the $200 to $600 yard make over's...let get more ideas for the every day working class...For that amount of money...I would buy a new house with the landscaping done !!!!

Only Hollywood Joe could afford to pay that much for bushes and brick and pools...

Not all who visit the site can afford this prices...Nice to look at ...but not what  most of us can afford...!!! We could use more affordable ideas.!!! Thanks


Jul 4, 2009 10:55PM
I find these makeovers insulting. Why showcase what hundreds of thousands of dollars will buy to update someone's yard when so many people are struggling just to buy food for their children? Have we become so shallow and self-centered?
May 13, 2009 5:42AM

The renovations are remarkable - but largely overdone.  We sold what we thought was a beautifully landscaped yard - with mature trees, perenials, and wildflowers.  The new owners took it all out - cut down the evergreen trees and lilac bushes - to make it their own.  If you are planning to move, let the new owners do what they want.  Don't spend lots of money that you won't enjoy.  It's just not worth it. 


Think green, and share perenials with your neighbors, instead of throwing out the "extras".  Trees love to start on their own - especially maples.  Put them in a spot of their own and in 20 years they will be mature trees.  Buy a small evergreen for Christmas with a hole in your yard already dug.  After Christmas, plant it in your yard and enjoy watching it grow.  Check out freecycle.com for people that have "weeds" to them but can add dimension to your own yard - coreiopsis, violets, black-eyed Susan's and daisies that come back year after year.

May 13, 2009 4:22AM
Wake up MSN - where the hell do you think some people is going to get the bucks to pay for this type of yard renovations?  Good grief MSN come down off your rich pedistal and join the rest of the population.
May 6, 2009 8:54AM
There are many ideas in these photos to use.  You can notice what plants they  used in front of the house,, the seating areas, and  the smaller grass yards with more border plants, the seating areas and much , much more.  Then, you start small, such as in just one corner, and do it yourself.  I love to look at all yards and take something from each one.Smile
May 6, 2009 8:31AM
Nice job and backyard. 20k is a lot for most of us. Yeah, we know about labor, effort, time, etc.  I have a TENANT who took a backyard that was destroyed due to construction and made it into a marvel--people are amazed when they see it. Granted, it is small (about 35 x 20), but it has fantastic perennials, a small pond, paths, and a nice tent from Target.   The materials cost $400, he did the work himself.   My suggestions: do as much as you can on your own and with buddies, buy immature perennials (they WILL grow), avoid buying boulders--those things are heavy, shipping is expensive. And you don't have to have $200 fish in your pond ;)  BUT, after reading these comments, it is VERY interesting to see a backlash against this sort of spending in our economy--these are the seeds of social unrest that an imbalance in the "have's and have-not's" can create.
May 6, 2009 7:37AM
I agree that the price tag is not practical, but I can get some good ideas.  I see many things I can do with natural materials and it helps me to see the "upkeep".  How hard would i imagine this would be to mow or trim or weed or water.  I've done rock gardens and fountains rather inexpensively.  Maybe theres some take aways.  I can't afford there gardener either!
May 6, 2009 7:35AM
Goodness - most of the messages are so negative - that's a shame -  Why not save your energy and channel it is a positive manner? Yes it is true we live in a country where 20k may seem like an enormous amount of money to some and peanuts to others...but whatever the income level - having pride and making a home the best it can be is a philosophy we can all embrace and share.
May 6, 2009 7:30AM

With all the hungry children in the USA I for one find this wasteful spending deplorable.  If all you rich folks have so much extra money, find a food bank in your area and donate.

May 6, 2009 6:54AM
I think these are spectacular and if people can afford them...go for it!!  I work with so many people that can afford and have these types of grounds.  I am on my way to creating my own financial freedom to be able to accomplish things like this and more.  Smile
May 6, 2009 6:50AM
How lovely for the rich and famous. However, the really sad thing is that people with money so often feel they have the right to do whatever they want with little regard the environmental and ecological issues involved. These are pathetic on many different levels.
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