Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

Eco-Innovative Home

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Look at some exciting things in the world of green building and landscaping. Also, check out a home that’s pretty impressive when it comes to eco-innovation.

Host Pete Curé explores a magnificent home in the desert hills that is built to live in harmony with the environment. With green roofs, open-air rooms, natural cooling features, solar panels and funneled breezes, the home is designed to make living in nature as comfortable and beautiful as possible. Inspired by ancient civilizations, but based firmly in science and innovation, this incredible home will literally blow the walls off your conception of living in the desert.

Pete will also learn about a high-rise garden concept, proving that building up doesn’t mean you have to lose your green thumb. Discover a true desert oasis in, of all places, a condominium development.

Courtyard Renovation

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Sometimes a backyard has already been heavily designed and features have been built, but the owners (whether original or new) might decide that the existing architecture and landscape isn’t performing the functions they want. That’s when it’s time to step back, re-design and renovate.

Host Pete Curé demonstrates how this works with a small backyard that hasn’t made the best use of its space. From refabricating a combination barbecue/fireplace into a pure fireplace while installing a new barbecue, to renovating walls and creating new counterspace and more, Pete will work with masons, plumbers and other contractors to create a much more useable space.

Plants are so important to adding color, especially in the desert. Pete will demonstrate the installation of a large saguaro cactus along with interesting plants, ground cover, potted plants and vines.

Desert Gardens

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé tours a pair of beautiful desert gardens. One, in Sedona, is the home of an author who has written a beautiful tribute to the area. Her garden features wildlife that can’t always be grown in the desert, including perennial flowers.

Down in the desert, Pete shows us an incredible secret garden that utilizes the natural beauty of the desert and also provides a wonderful cultivated getaway, complete with a boulder fort, a moon gate and more.

Interacting with nature is the name of the game, and both gardens invite wildlife from both the plant and animal kingdoms to comingle with us.

Remodels & Pottery

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé visits a number of renovation sites and walks us through every step of the process. One property located in Paradise Valley’s Clearwater Hills is perched on a cliff and offers a beautiful view. The remodel included removing the existing deck, drilling into walls of the pool and more. Pete shows us every step of the process.

We’ll also see the installation of a number of major plant formations, including an ironwood tree that’s more than 50 years old. 

Finally, Pete visits a pottery dealer with a number of beautiful, authentic ceramics that can add substantial interest to any property.

Getaway Seating

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé demonstrates the construction of a getaway outdoor seating area for a backyard. While any level area of a yard can be turned into a seating area with a few chairs, a more permanent structure can create a comfortable and beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. Pete will take you step-by-step through building a masonry and stucco seat wall that can give your yard a much more personal touch. 

Pete also revisits a water feature from an earlier episode and explores the plant and animal life being added to the pond.

Water Feature

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé takes us step-by-step through the planning and building of an outdoor water feature. Pete demonstrates every step and walks us through every important decision that must be made in order to create a beautiful fountain and pond while actually building one in the backyard of a local home. From dirt to finished product, you’ll learn everything it takes to add movement, sound, cooling and beauty to your backyard.

Turf Installation

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Mowing the lawn in the summer of Arizona is not a chore anyone wants. Consider synthetic grass. Pete shows you what to look for when purchasing turf and how to install it yourself. This DIY turf project can be finished in just one weekend.

Do It Yourself

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to tackle several DIY backyard and garden projects. Using a home in the Arizona Biltmore as his backdrop. Pete will walk you through some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in a weekend.

This backyard of an Arizona Biltmore home has more negatives than positives. The space is narrow and the homeowner wants to give a more airy, open feeling. She also wants low maintenance and a shade area to relax.

One of the best ways to add shade to a backyard is with a Ramada. Pete walks you through the step-by-step of this DIY Ramada project. A quick trip to the hardware store for materials and tools, plus a phone call or two to some friends, will help get the job done.

Mowing the lawn in the summer of Arizona is not a chore anyone wants. Consider synthetic grass. Pete shows you what to look for when purchasing turf and how to install it yourself. This DIY turf project can be finished in just one weekend.

Along the way, Pete will show you how to repair a sprinkler, choose the proper plants for your yard and how to use pots to create a more dynamic backyard space.

All of these DIY projects are put to good use as Pete reveals how the Arizona Biltmore home yard turned out… in a word… spectacular.

Building a Ramada

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to tackle several DIY backyard and garden projects. Using a home in the Arizona Biltmore as his backdrop, Pete will walk you through some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in a weekend.

This backyard of an Arizona Biltmore home has more negatives than positives. The space is narrow and the homeowner wants to give a more airy, open feeling. She also wants low maintenance and a shade area to relax.

One of the best ways to add shade to a backyard is with a Ramada. Pete walks you through the step-by-step of this DIY Ramada project. A quick trip to the hardware store for materials and tools, plus a phone call or two to some friends, will help get the job done.

Healthy Plants

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how plant location, soil prep and the proper nutrients can give you year-round healthy plants. Plus, a quick way to tackle weeds.

Proper Pruning

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you the proper way to prune your plants and how to use pots to create a more dynamic backyard space.

All of these DIY projects are put to good use as Pete reveals how the Arizona Biltmore home yard turned out… in a word… spectacular.

Mediterranean Oasis

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Visit the Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas in Phoenix and see how clever architecture and well-thought-out landscaping can help create a beautiful Mediterranean feel, even in the middle of the Southwest desert.