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Montana-Style Retreat

Designer Karen McAloon draws up a Montana-inspired design for this backyard, including a log cabin storage shed and a rustic row-boat sandbox for the kids.

Homeowners Stacey and Alan Forsythe would like to turn their large, mostly dirt backyard into a play space for their two small children. Plus, they need some creative storage for their garden tools.

Before Before: There's nothing but a lot of bare ground and huge piles of redwood tree cuttings in this backyard. When it rains, the yard becomes a sea of mud.

With the help of designer Karen McAloon, the backyard has become a Montana-style retreat, with a log shed as the perfect focal point for the theme.

One of the redwood cuttings becomes a play table...

and others become stepping stones.

A water fountain lends the sound of a bubblng brook to the yard.

Great idea for a sandbox: A used rowboat purchased cheaply online gets a faux paint job that gives it a weathered wooden look.

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    • Siding from Modulog Industries
    • Malibu lighting systems from Intermatic Incorporated
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