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Entertaining in Style

The homeowners would like to remove the cement, open up the view and incorporate a communal barbecue area. Up for this challenge are landscape designers Susan Ciufo, Stephen Shea and Anne Phillips.

Nayssan Parandeh and Dustin Finer were immediately drawn to their traditional-style, mid-20th-century home, with its pool and magnificent views. Together, they created a playful interior with a modern twist, but they haven't had the same success with their outdated backyard. Nayssan and Dustin hope to transform their unruly yard into a stylish entertainment area that will enhance their fantastic views.

Susan Ciufo wants to create a luminous stone patio with a bubbling fountain, framed by a graceful arched steel arbor. In Shea's modern concept, flagstone is featured in a patio beneath the shade tree, in an adjacent grilling station and around the pool. Phillip's relaxing garden provides wonderful viewing areas, including a new in-ground spa and a gravel seating area bordered by colorful carpet roses.

After a week of reviewing the three designs Parandeh and Finer ask Shea to modernize their backyard. It has been an exciting and fun process full of surprises. They extended the patio to the grilling area, added a wooden deck to take in the views and discovered a tree they didn’t know they had along the way. Parandeh and Finer are thrilled with their fresh, contemporary backyard, and are looking forward to many years of hillside entertaining.

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