Tranquil Family Retreat

A backyard in Brooklyn goes from child-centric clutter to family-oriented sanctuary.

  • The backyard of this Brooklyn apartment has been taken over by the kids and their toys.
  • Now the kids have a play area bordered by perennials and the grownups have their own spot for getting away.
  • A new sand pit and storage area for the thinned-out toys helps the kids and adults peacefully coexist.
  • Before: Kid Clutter Rules
  • A picnic table atop a bluestone patio is the centerpiece for family gatherings.
  • Sedum — in blues, whites and pinks — will help attract butterflies.
  • When laying down new sod, always work on a board to prevent your feet from creating divots.


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    • Jon Feldman
      Landscape Designer
      G. Biloba Garden Environments
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