This week's Los Angeles Times Home and Garden section rounds up some challenges that may be unique to a recession: sharing gardens and navigating the tricky waters when adult children return home to live. But, out of the ashes of adversity, creativity is born; this same economic climate brings us a home in Echo Park that responds to the landscape and its owners modest needs with equal aplomb and style. More, and links to the full articles on The Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...
Eco in Echo Park: The Echo Park home of artist Jonathan Williams and writer Kim Pesenti is a modest-sized rural retreat that responds to the landscape rather than conquers it. The house, architect Rachel Allen says, is "here to frame the outside."
Modern day share-cropping: Love gardening but live in an apartment or condo without a plot of land to call your own? Know a friend or neighbor with a garden who doesn't like to, well, garden? Call it modern share-cropping: would-be gardeners get a place to plant and tend, and homeowners lacking the time or interest to garden themselves can share the fruits of someone else's labor.
Parenting boomerang kids is even harder in a recession: Between the recession and the shrinking job market, it's become increasing common for adult children to move back into their parent's homes while looking for a job or deciding on a career. Navigating the new family dynamic can be challenging.
[images: Christina House for LA Times; Smorenburg's flickr, with a Creative Commons License; Photo from Paramount Picture's "Failure to Launch"]