City Garden Hideaway

A small, dark backyard gets a bright, roomy makeover.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe yard has two major problems: privacy and an ugly cinder-block wall. Matt's design solves both.
City dwellers William Crow and Philip Kain live in a small but perfectly-formed apartment in one of New York's most desirable districts, the Upper East Side. However, their backyard is dark and dingy — plus, it's full of broken pavers, flaky paint and clutter. After stripping the garden back to basics, host Matt James sets about implementing his design of a hideaway from the hectic city.

To tame the clutter in this space, an understairs storage area will be built. Matt will create a lush getaway with an ambient jungle feel. By keeping the center of the yard wide-open and uncluttered, the space will be very versatile.