April 21, 2014
We showcase seven swoon-worthy backyards in honor of Earth Day, April 22.
The terrace at the front of the house.

The terrace at Ray Kappe’s multilevel house he built for his family in 1967, is cantilevered over the front door. Photo by  João Canziani.

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Originally appeared in Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
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Little house by the beach in Las Caletillas

In Spain’s Canary Islands, homes are carefully built into the coastal cliffs. Although a typical green lawn is impossible, these residents make due with a bit of rock. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel

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Originally appeared in On The Rocks
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Modern courtyard with fire pit and infinity pond

A four-time Iditarod winner built his home in Alaska with a courtyard featuring a fire pit and infinity pond. The family has hosted events, weddings, and even a funeral here, and annual solstice parties are always a big hit with the neighbors. Photo by Kamil Bialous

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Originally appeared in Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska
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Outdoor backyard garden reclaimed-wood boardwalk
A boardwalk made from salvaged wood and steel allows a local stream to flow through this Marin, California, backyard
 
Originally appeared in Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
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Josie’s tepee playhouse stands on a platform, where she and her friends erect sets for their theatrical productions.

For their modern retreat in Beverly Glen, a Los Angeles canyon, a pair of architects created outdoor rooms, like this one where daughter Josie stows her tepee playhouse. Photo by Catherine Ledner

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Originally appeared in Compound Addition
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modern ipe wood deck landscaping

To combat a steep site in Charlottesville, Virginia, architect Anna Boechenstein staggered a series of ipe decks that conveniently double as a race track. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan

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Originally appeared in A Family-Friendly Landscape Design in Virginia
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Modern backyard pool patio BBQ area

In Adelaide, Australia, an airy addition opens onto a pool, garden, barbecue, and lawn space. Photo by James Knowler

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The terrace at the front of the house.

The terrace at Ray Kappe’s multilevel house he built for his family in 1967, is cantilevered over the front door. Photo by  João Canziani.

Photo by João Canziani.

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