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April 28, 2014
Offering places to garden, play, recline, and contemplate the view, backyards have the power to redefine the homes with which they share a site.
Chong left enough space in the 16-foot-wide backyard for a garden and comfortable dining area.

A shock of greenery surrounds the outdoor dining area of this Toronto backyard, where the family awaits a freshly-barbecued meal. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in Narrow Modernist Three-Story Home in Toronto
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farmhouse, stone, Matali Crasset

A pool and some lounge chairs provide opportunities for the resident of this Matali Crasset-designed French farmhouse to enjoy the view of the former farm buildings in their original setting. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.

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Originally appeared in Matali Crasset Renovates Monory Farmhouse
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children in a pond and jumping from a dock into the pond

The one-acre site of this Belgian home offers a pond full of lily pads and a built-in concrete outdoor seating and dining area. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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Originally appeared in A Concrete Home in Rural Belgium
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A floor of tile and painted cedar slats rests beneath the table and chairs of this Toronto patio and is surrounded by careful arrangements of lavender and fragrant grasses. Photo by Bob Gundu.

 

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Originally appeared in Through House in Toronto, Canada
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Mason and friends scramble around his soon-to-be tree house as Muriel swings. What remains of the original brick house can be seen on the right side of the structure, with the new master bedroom on top and living area on the left. A hot tub and seating ar

A hot tub and seating area foreground the lawn around this abode in a Cincinnati suburb providing a minimalist setting for thia modern home. Photo by Chad Holder.

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Originally appeared in Home Schooled
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The broad deck and seating area are perfect for the Mediterranean climate and invite guests outdoors.

A Los Angeles home takes advantage of the climate with a spacious outdoor seating area, complete with a water fixture and firepit. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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Originally appeared in Echo Logical
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water-conscious cottage in Sydney, Australia

This renovation of a semidetached cottage outside Sydney, Australia, carves out a sheltered outdoor enclave where residents can enjoy native greenery and al fresco dining. Photo by Richard Powers.

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Originally appeared in The First Wave
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Backyard fence in Los Angeles

By reusing materials from their remodel, these Los Angeles homeowners were able to construct a landscape perfectly suited to outdoor play. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

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Originally appeared in Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles
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Chong left enough space in the 16-foot-wide backyard for a garden and comfortable dining area.

A shock of greenery surrounds the outdoor dining area of this Toronto backyard, where the family awaits a freshly-barbecued meal. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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