Landscaping takes homes from modest to marvelous

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In their unique book, "Outside the Not So Big House; Creating the Landscape of Home," best-seller author Sarah Susanka and noted landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy team up to show landscape ideas for "completing" modest-sized homes. Along the way, they share the benefits of sound landscape techniques to create enjoyable outdoor spaces that are both attractive and practical. A special feature is the authors explain how they created the landscaping, often to meet the special requests of the homeowners. In other homes, Susanka and Messervy share how they combine landscape methods to accomplish a goal. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. My favorite is "blurring the boundary," where Susanka's home architecture is blended with Messervy's landscape design. As usual with the beautiful Taunton Press books, the color photos make this "coffee table"-quality book come to life to illustrate the thoughts of the authors. Photographer Grey Crawford did a superb job of showing what is explained in...