Incorporate levels into a steep yard.
This Toronto home is perched on a steep grade down to the beach, so architect Sharon McKenzie designed several terrace levels to make the yard more livable. Wide, shallow steps leading down to the pool double as extra seating for summer entertaining. Separating the sitting area from the dining set and pool loungers creates the feel of an inviting, open-air extension of the home's interior.
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