Wednesday's H&G in the Chron features a great piece on a literal houselift. (The picture above shows the resulting new "basement.") Also, stories on gardens both tropical and mossy.
• Deep thinking: This week Susan Fornoff gets the prize for most intriguing read, in her piece on a Noe Valley couple who thought outside of the (small) box they were living in. They renovated (on a limited budget) by literally lifting their house and adding height.
• Koke-dera: Kyoto's garden muffled in moss: Yvonne Michie Horn gains entry to the unearthly Koke-dera garden in Kyoto, reknowned for its 123 varieties of moss.
• Cultivate a bit of the tropics in the Bay Area: Ever find yourself admiring the palms on Dolores? Laramie Treviñ looks at a new book from a Hawaiian master gardener, including ideas for going equatorial way up here in northern CA.
• HOT STUFF: With scary revelations about chemicals in household cleaners in this Chron piece, this week's Hot Stuff choice is well-timed: Woolite's Oxy Deep, a new stain-buster for cleaning carpeting and upholstery that "has no chlorine or harsh chemicals, is non-caustic, non-flammable, and safe to use around animals and children."
• Clean lines convey spaciousness: Some good ideas for squeezing mutliple functions into a small room, including armless sofas, glass tables, and clean lines.