Imagine a backyard gathering on a warm evening with dinner from the grill served at the picnic table, while candlelight flickers and soft music plays in the background.
That scenario inspired an Esparto garden designed to suit such get-togethers. A deck serves as a hangout for teenage children and their friends; it's also a destination where family members can enjoy the sun. A homeowner who is handy could easily build this deck, which lies close to the ground and includes a space-saving perimeter bench. Other outdoor rooms include a bed for shade plants beside the house and a small lawn.