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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 lounge area

The Kimbreys relax on a built-in sofa beside the fire. "With all these new outdoor spaces to hang out in, our house feels twice as big," says Joanne. "We even take lunch breaks now," adds Ian.

The rusted steel firebox and back panel add an industrial-chic edge to the garden. Designed by Griffith and put together by a local metal fabricator, it's fueled by gas.

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