European-Style Garden

These homeowners want to transform their bland backyard into a grand European-style garden.

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Josh and MaryJo Fein remodeled their home shortly after buying it, adding a Parisian flair with many elegant touches.

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Although they feel it is time to extend the same sort of grand style to their mediocre backyard, they are not quite sure how to proceed. The Feins imagine a European-style garden with room for dining, entertaining and a play space for their young daughter. They hope to soften the hard lines of the yard and incorporate a shade structure that won't block the views from the balconies. Up for the challenge are landscape designer Mitch Kalamian, landscape designer Nancy Lyons and landscape architect Richard Krumwiede.

Kalamian's classically-styled concept features distinct outdoor rooms, including a spacious courtyard dining area set on mosaic cobblestone tile. Lyons proposes a layered and luscious setting with formal white tiles that further enhance the homes beautiful color. In Krumwiede's garden design, columns frame a spectacular gazebo and wall fountain. The versatile child's play space can later be converted into a relaxing spa area for all to enjoy.

After a week of reviewing the three designs, the Feins choose Kalamian's design. The old patio is demolished and Kalamian transforms the ordinary backyard into a sensational Parisian-style garden. Details like cobblestone inlay, a wrought-iron arbor and a stone lion's head give the new backyard an Old-World feel. Kalamian has given Josh and MaryJo an extraordinary courtyard garden that honors their home's design and provides a wonderful space for the whole family.

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