Reuse & relax
With no privacy, no personality, and—the biggest drawback of all—no place to sit, this Venice, California, side yard had little
to recommend it. Luckily for homeowners Amy Swift Crosby and Josh Crosby, a truckload of salvaged redwood came to the rescue.
Designer Steve Siegrist (stevesiegristdesign.com) used some of the boards as the backs and bottoms of cushion-topped, built-in seating; others he placed to add height to
the existing cement-block wall, and still others were turned into a sturdy dining table. What’s more, the aged redwood brought
with it the character the yard had been missing. With space to dine, gather, and play, the area is now the family’s favorite
hangout in the garden.
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