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Family-Friendly Backyard Design

A raised platform becomes a stage for children's performances.

Create room to play by keeping furniture minimal on a backyard deck. The cedar backdrop in architect John Tong's yard is used for plays and as a screen for projecting movies. The lattice wall on the far left is painted out in cobalt, adding some unexpected colour. Use patches of sod and concrete pavers for a low-maintenance and cost-effective landscape.

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