Bland and BoringTetine Sentell and Craig McHenry have spent the last year and a half renovating their bungalow home, and it's now time to turn their attention to the backyard. Tentine spent her childhood in the Bahamas and the family loves to go back there every year, so they're hoping to incorporate some tropical elements into the space.
Lush and LivelyLandscape designer Carolyn Anderson's plan is all about creating a welcoming retreat for the family. A redwood bench with bamboo trellis creates a unique outdoor room that adds a tropical feel and intimacy to the space. The fire pit made with imported materials and cool furniture becomes the perfect gathering spot, and to finish off the plan, they add plenty of tropical plants and a lush lawn.
Uninviting LandscapeThe couple has a muddy backyard full of crab grass, ivy and old plants. They want a more private oasis where they can relax and play with their children and dog.
Room to PlayBamboo is used to camouflage the shed lurking in the back corner, which helps integrate it into the space. A flagstone patio created out of decomposed granite and square pavers allows some function and softness within the dining and patio area. For the kids, they design a redwood stump jump and balance beams, which are surrounded by mulch for a soft landing.