Magazine article Sunset

Four Corners, Four Kinds of Outdoor Living

Magazine article Sunset

Four Corners, Four Kinds of Outdoor Living

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A Los Angeles garden offers places to be together and apart

By Peter O. Whiteley * Photographs by John Granen

When all you have is a broad expanse of lawn for your backyard, you start dreaming of possibilities. The owners of this garden saw themselves entertaining, cooking, growing roses, relaxing in a spa, and simply stretching out in the sun. Their subsequent remodel offers lessons for anyone who wants to incorporate a variety of activity areas into the backyard.

Landscape designer Nick Williams removed the lawn and divided the bare, rectangular yard into quadrants corresponding to the owners' needs. The center of the garden is filled with flowering plants and slender paths connecting the sections. The plan gives the overall impression of a densely planted garden with distinctive destinations in each corner.

The main entertaining spaces-a covered dining area with a large freestanding outdoor fireplace, and a horseshoe-shaped barbecue center-lie closest to the two-story house. The elegant fireplace is near the edge of a pergola. …

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