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I oddly like it, although...are those three stacked ac wall units on the left corner of the middle floor?
 

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Oh man, bad news this afternoon. found some serious looking insect and/or maybe fungal damage to one of our 2 Japanese maples this afternoon. The bark just disintegrated and some insect eggs in there.

Anyone here seen anything like this before? Really hope I can save this, damage is 40-50% of the trunk circumference
 

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Belgium or Netherlands? Guessing Belgium
Are the Benelux countries notorious for shit architecture? I guess the existence of that Twitter account would suggest so ...
 

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Are the Benelux countries notorious for shit architecture? I guess the existence of that Twitter account would suggest so ...
The Netherlands has a quite strict system of building codes, and oversight when it comes to the ‘overall view’. So any ugly or weird buildings you see are usually architects going overboard. Example being the cube homes in Rotterdam, which are highly impractical but cool from a concept point of view. Resident architects will probably disagree.

Belgium, when talking about residential houses, is very unrestricted in form, only in isolation requirements. Which allows the owners to go all out, resulting in a lot of weird stuff.
 

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Are the Benelux countries notorious for shit architecture? I guess the existence of that Twitter account would suggest so ...
Probably no more than most European countries outside the main metropolises, but there is a huge amount of cheap ugly brick and tiny plots due to so little available building land.

Of course there are amazing art deco streets like the Cogels Osylei, but most modern houses are shit-brown cubes with no soul (with apologies to @nootje who has just built a house, but he appears to have good taste ;))

Beat me to it :D
 

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Probably no more than most European countries outside the main metropolises, but there is a huge amount of cheap ugly brick and tiny plots due to so little available building land.

Of course there are amazing art deco streets like the Cogels Osylei, but most modern houses are shit-brown cubes with no soul (with apologies to @nootje who has just built a house, but he appears to have good taste ;))

Beat me to it :D
To be fair, my own house is red brick, and very square. What makes it relatively unique is that it’s a new development on a 5 min walk from the city center. In a neighborhood build in the 30s. Even though I love being outdoors, we still very much appreciate city life and the ease of doing things it brings. And it doesn’t hurt to have a school and kindergarten within 500m of your front door if you’re planning on kids.

And case in point, the architects had a VERY hard time getting a design approved. The site was an old Catholic Church that they tore down, and they had to submit I believe 4 designs before the development got approved. Had to incorporate the same brick as the church had, some houses have stained glass and the overall view is reminiscent of the church.
 

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Today I started my battle with English ivy. I cut around the trunks of most of my front yard trees. Still have a few to go.

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America, of course, has some challenges of it's own on the design front.

 

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Today I started my battle with English ivy. I cut around the trunks of most of my front yard trees. Still have a few to go.
My neighbors have English ivy. It's a constant battle to prevent it from coming through my fence and infesting the yard.

At least it's better than Virginia Creeper, which was coming from the previously neglected other neighbor. We finally got that shit under control with a multi-year effort. Fun fact: Virginia Creeper contains oxalic acid, which can cause blisters!
 

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One word: bamboo.
 

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meanwhile i'm losing my seasonal battle against lesser celandine
 

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