Make movie night the main event
With the help of landscape designer Mark Tessier, Rika Houston and her architect husband Brian Ten overhauled their yard to
create a gathering spot for the family, which includes 9-year-old daughter Maya and teenage sons Cole and Taro. With a simple
set-up, they transformed it into an outdoor movie-screening space. As movie night took off, the neighbors started to join
in. Sinking into the cushy sofa with lanterns lit overhead, guests watch The Birds or The Sound of Music on a screen nearly as big as the garage wall. “In the summer, every Friday is movie night,” says Houston.
More: See the complete makeover