Great ideas for outdoor rooms

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21 ideas for outdoor dining rooms

Set the scene for great outdoor parties or just dinner for two

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Hillside hideaway for dining
Christina Schmidhofer

Hillside dining hideaway

Problem: How do you create an outdoor dining area in a tight backyard against a steep uphill slope?

Solution: You dig it out. Armed with pick and shovel, interior designer Linda Applewhite and her husband, Marshall Miller, excavated a 15- by 20-foot semicircular area out of the hillside.

More:  How they did it

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