Spruce up your backyard or garden with NightOrbs ($400 and up). Each individually crafted orb is made from hand-blown glass, and connects easily to a low-voltage power system to provide decoration during the day and a great-looking, organic glow at night. The perfect accent for your outdoor nighttime endeavors.
Sometimes we get our hands on a product that turns out to be more fun than we could have ever imagined. Such is the case with the iChime ($90). This customizable doorbell can be set to play any of the 50 or so included songs/sounds (everything from holiday music to a dog barking) or one of 6 custom recordings that you can change anytime. You can add custom sounds/songs with the built-in microphone or use the audio input jack to connect your iPod or PC. It's an easy two-wire replacement of your existing doorbell, and works with lighted and non-lighted buttons. You can also order an auxiliary speaker ($25) to hook up outside your door so guests can clearly hear your custom doorbell. The first two custom choices loaded onto our iChime? "The Imperial March" and "We'll do it live!"
Brighten up your dwelling and save some energy at the same time with Solatube ($TBD). Like a skylight you can use anywhere, the Solatube system captures the sun's natural light and sends it down a highly reflective tube into your living area. Since it draws no power, it also helps lower your energy costs, making your home more eco-friendly. The perfect way to celebrate Earth Day.
Thinking of building a yourself an outdoor man room or office? Skip the normal, bland pre-fab game and check out the Kithaus K3 (starts at $29,500). This modern building uses a proprietary clamping system to make installation quick, easy, and virtually waste-free. All of the lightweight, anodized aluminum pieces are pre-cut and drilled in Southern California and shipped to you for on-site assembly, which takes only a few days. As a bonus, the Kithaus is built with eco-friendly materials, and you can order one complete with decks, canopies, and louvers for under $45,000; solar and furnished packages are also available. It's the ultimate adult treehouse.
If you're searching for a more unique base for your outdoor walkway than the average masonry at your local Home Depot, look no further than these Gameboy Bricks ($46/each). These bricks are made from original, brick-like Gameboy units, giving your front or backyard retro gaming cred that can only come from merging centuries-old building techniques with decade-old tech. Tetris not included. [via]