Collection by Diana Budds

A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape

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With aptly applied angular concrete details and ornamental plantings, landscape architect Terence Lee transforms his slender Northern California backyard.

"It was nothing but a muddy pit," landscape architect Terence Lee says about the 500-square-foot yard behind his…
Here's the space before. When Lee purchased the house (he's its first owner) it didn't come with a finished yard.
Lee used a bit of visual trickery in the form of forced perspective to make the yard appear larger than its 500 square…
Eliminating right angles skews how one visually interprets the space. For example, the vanishing point here at the step…
"I think there’s plenty of missed potential in small compact spaces like these," Lee says. I see it in my neighborhood…
Horsetails occupy the raised planters. Lee used a darkly colored mulch to offset the light concrete, which gives the…
Now, instead of being an under-used muddy pit, the reinvented patio—which was completed for $30 per square foot—acts as…
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