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Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck "The rear yard, given the property's limited size, presented more of a conundrum," says Southerland. "We came up with the idea of using the roof of the garage as a roof deck to add useable area to the rear." Taking advantage of the gently sloped site, he built a series of terraced bleacher-style seating above and around the detached garage, doubling its roof as an additional terrace, and effectively bridging the backyard space into one multi-level whole.  Photo 5 of 6 in A Mid-Century Modern Makeover in Los Angeles