Modern farmhouse defines this landscaping that blends contemporary elements such as ipe wood and polished concrete countertops with converted livestock troughs where organic vegetables thrive. The new landscaping was a dramatic improvement to the 0.3-acre Carlsbad property that the homeowner purchased as a flip house in 2010. “The investor put some plants and bark down,” said the homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous. “There was a wood deck in the back but it wasn’t pressure-treated, so we just painted over it. As new homeowners, we didn’t know any better.” A more critical issue was the absence of a retaining wall on the steep downward slope in front of the house. As a temporary fix, railroad timbers and juniper trees were installed to secure the soil. Another challenge was to build steps to provide safe access between the street and the home. Starting at the end of 2015 and continuing into 2016, the homeowner embarked on a more permanent … [Read more...] about Landscaped levels in Carlsbad
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Judy Rose Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Apr 20, 2019 Set into Ives Woods in the city of Ann Arbor with a low cobblestone wall wrapped around it, this 1915 Tudor house exudes the gracious living of a century ago. If you count formal rooms, there are 17. If you count everything else, that nearly doubles. You’d add the four airy sleeping porches that date from before air conditioning. Now they’re used as sunrooms or music rooms for the bedrooms they’re attached to. More: $3.9M cottage-style home in Bloomfield Hills is rarity on the market More: Plymouth Twp. mansion has indoor pool, locker rooms, hot tub You’d also count three screened porches, including one on the second floor. There are six full or half baths and a large butler’s pantry with great glass-cabinet storage for dishes. There even is a canning pantry. The old descriptions like “tomatoes” and “green beans” still label its shelves. … [Read more...] about $1.9M Tudor in Ann Arbor retains quirky 1915 features
Produced by Jaime Stolz and Gayane Gayane Keshishyan Mendez "Not again." Yes again. "Not again." This week in Thousand Oaks, California, a madman's bullets left at least a dozen dead. In America this has become a devastating ritual. Two weeks ago it was Pittsburgh. Before that Parkland, Charleston and Las Vegas. Some victims, linked by faith or the color of their skin. Others, simply in the wrong place at the worst possible time. "48 Hours" correspondent Tracy Smith has the story about one young man targeted by hate. Meet Blaze Bernstein. He was 19 years old. Word spread across Orange County. Blaze Bernstein, brilliant, kind-hearted, Jewish and gay, had come home from college for the holidays and vanished. Jeanne Pepper Bernstein: He wanted to spend time with us. He's not gonna just disappear like that. Tracy Smith: But your thought was? Gideon Bernstein: Well it was just so highly unusual. Jeanne Pepper Bernstein: Where had he been? Who had he gone with? We didn't know. Where is … [Read more...] about Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?
Paul Elias, Associated Press Updated 12:07 am CDT, Monday, October 8, 2018 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, work crews remove debris at the site of a home destroyed by fires in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif. California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci complained to the Army that contractors it paid by the ton to clear debris took too much dirt and damaged or removed perfectly fine driveways, retaining walls and the like after the 2017 wine country fire that destroyed thousands of homes. less FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, work crews remove debris at the site of a home destroyed by fires in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif. California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark ... more Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, work crews remove debris at the site of a home destroyed by fires in the Coffey Park area of Santa … [Read more...] about California wildfire victims say cleanup crews add to woes