1 house, 5 great outdoor rooms
See how one couple doubled their living area with stylish "rooms" outside
Changes in levels and materials help carve five distinct “rooms”—each laid out in a neat geometric shape and accented with the same hot colors—from the couple’s unused back and front yards.
The result? About twice the house, and no costly house renovation.
Click ahead for the plan and a closer look at each outdoor bonus space.
Info: Judy Kameon, Michael Kirchmann Jr., and Ivette Soler, Elysian Landscapes, Los Angeles (213/380-3185)
Mapping it out, room by room:
- 1. Breakfast room
- 2. Solarium
- 3. Playroom
- 4. Den
- 5. Formal dining room
Yellow kangaroo paw grows behind the table, while tall shrubs screen the mini patio from passersby, making it an ideal spot for morning coffee.
Bronze plants repeat near each garden room, reinforcing the brown-red theme. Gold medallion trees (Cassia leptophylla) lightly shade both ends of the deck.
A purple hop bush provides hits of red and orange. Raised a few inches above the dining area, the den’s floor is covered with pea gravel. A potted bougainvillea beside the garden shed adds vibrant magenta to this “room.”
Playroom: Frequently occupied by kids and dogs, this patch of lawn between the "den" and "dining room" also accommodates extra tables and chairs when the couple entertains.
Cannas shoot orange blooms that resemble candle flames above brownish foliage. The simple “floor” is decomposed granite.
For casual backyard parties, Oren throws blankets on the lawn for seating and uses the table as a buffet.