“After” photos by Caroline Johnson Photography

3. Three’s the Charm

Yard at a Glance
Who lives here:
A couple with three teenagers
Location: Piedmont, California
Size: Lawn: 360 square feet (33 square meters); deck: 308 square feet (29 square meters); patio: 192 square feet (18 square meters); gravel area: 120 square feet (11 square meters)
Landscape designer and builder: Rock Paper Scissors Landscape Design Build

Before: Cracks, leaks and a slope … oh my! While the layout and flow of this Northern California backyard worked just fine, the two decks and patio were in sorry shape. Not only were the decks rotting and leaking water into the house, but there was no way to move between them. And the patio at the base was sloped and cracking. The homeowners, who have three teenagers, brought in landscape designer Barry Sacher to give them a family-friendly multilevel yard with space for dining, lounging, growing veggies and even practicing lacrosse.

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