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Backyard makeover: Space to unwind

From lawn to private retreat, a new outdoor living room makes a small home feel twice as big

Space to unwind
Thomas J. Story

The before shot

Out with the old, in with the new

Griffith replaced the lawn (shown at left) with an inviting outdoor living room that covers every square inch of the small yard and extends the Kimbreys' living space beyond the walls of their 1,200-square-foot house. The new open-air room includes an alfresco dining area, a water garden and wildlife habitat, and a lounge area at the rear of the property.

Design:  Jay Griffith, Venice, CA (310/392-5558)


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