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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Advanced Review: Scott Cohen's Family Friendly Landscapes: Backyards Built for Fun and Games by Scott Cohen


Scott Cohen's Family Friendly Landscapes: Backyards Built for Fun and GamesScott Cohen's Family Friendly Landscapes: Backyards Built for Fun and Games by Scott Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not exactly what I expected, but as a whole, a great picture how-to book.

Scott Cohen's Family Friendly Landscapes: Backyards Built for Fun and Games contains 265 photos, that provides all the knowledge you need to make the most of your space outdoors, creating landscape for recreation, gardens, and play that is also a safe, child friendly environment. Whether you choose to design the ideal setting for the neighborhood ping-pong tournament, create an imaginative space to inspire games for kids, or add splash-happy features to your pool, this treasure trove of backyard fun will show you how to do it right. The popularity of outdoor living is growing by leaps and bounds as ever-increasing numbers of homeowners look for ways to enjoy economical backyard environments. From croquet, bocce ball, badminton, and table tennis to horseshoes, corn in the hole, and ladder ball, families everywhere are getting outside to play. Why shouldn't you?

I got interested in this book as I thought that this would be a great addition to my growing pile of garden/landscape design books and magazines. My hubby and I recently purchased a property and although it comes with a house plan, the tight and limited front and back garden spaces are quickly turning out to be challenges. I thought I would do no wrong with Scott Cohen and was quite surprised that although the pics and design overall made for a fantastic book, it did not serve my purpose at all.

This book is all about the backyards of homes which, although all beautiful to look at, were all about HUGE homes and EXTENSIVE back yards.

Knowing that I would not really see anything applicable to use for my own home, I did go through the lengths and tried to imagine downsizing the designs. I found one or two that really took my fancy and I guess I would have to show these to my contractor and see what they can do.

All in all, this is a great picture book which aim is to give guidance for those whose homes and gardens are huger than most. This will make a great coffee table book addition as the pictures are really quite pretty.

ARC thanks to Netgalley


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