Case Study stainless steel furniture from Modernica in Los Angeles surrounds a built-in gas firepit. The decking is teak finished with tung oil. Tree aloes and yuccas soften the house.
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Photo by Michael Schneider
Don't ignore the real front door
A low wall of graphite-hued concrete backs a long, shallow pool on both sides of a “bridge” leading to the entrance to the main living area.
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Illustration by Arthur Mount
Rejigger the space
Terracing the bottom half of the 30- by 40-foot former driveway with concrete walls and steps  lets the top half be level. A teak wall with a white-framed “door”  screens the outdoor room  from the street. The actual entrance to the house  lies on the far side of the new space.