For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design.
Martha Stewart Living, June 2012 - Inspired by a similar vegetable wall at Big Red Sun nursery in Austin, Texas, gardening editor Stephen Orr created this outdoor garden. To make it, line the inside of cinder blocks with metal mesh, using gardening gloves to protect your skin against the mesh's sharp edges. Pour cactus soil onto the mesh, and place succulents inside the blocks. Set the blocks outside; water only during severe drought conditions.
In-counter knife storage. Removes the look of a freestanding knife block but keeps knives close at hand. Austin, Texas, woodworker Daniel Vos of DeVos Custom Woodworking says he custom makes these slots in new wood countertops that he also fabricates.