Collection by Luke Hopping

Small Backyards in Cities


On tight urban lots from London to Toronto, these homes make way for a blissful slice of nature.

Chong left enough space in the 16-foot-wide backyard for a garden and comfortable dining area.
The dramatic 90-square-foot patio features a cooking and seating area.
The Zizmors installed a 16-foot-wide deck for playing and grilling, and lined it with hostas, Hollywood juniper, and...
A 500-square-foot outdoor space with a grill, a table, and a hammock sits just off the entrance level of the townhouse,...
A thoughtfully designed garden in New York City makes way for an existing fountain by landscaping vertically around it....
A third floor addition and whole-house renovation modernized a funky cottage on an unusual, triple-wide lot in San...
If tidiness is paramount for the family, a place for the kids to play outdoors is equally important.

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