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Front yard façade remodel

A dated front yard gets a sleek new look and private outdoor living room

home facade before
Photo by Michael Schneider

Step inside a front yard makeover

Before: Too much concrete

A dated façade and a bleak concrete front yard—that’s what the owners of this ’50s rancher got when they bought their house in Encino, California.

Instead of remodeling the home, though, the couple used a simpler, less costly strategy to solve both problems.

First step: Remove the metal fence and the expanse of concrete beyond. Then reorient the garage (at far left photo) to face the street, with access by wide pavers.

Next, see what it looked like after the remodel.

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