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How to Overhaul Your Backyard

HGTV Magazine shares how one couple transformed their drab backyard into an exceptional double-porch sanctuary.

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When Sarah and Peter Love moved to Birmingham, AL, in 2008, Peter was set on finding a property with a great backyard like they'd had in their old Charlotte, NC, home, with a nice grassy area for playing with their dog, Grace, and outdoor space for lounging around and hosting parties.

What they found instead was a 1940s cottage with a good layout inside but a sad situation out back. "There was one measly uncovered deck and some seriously spotty landscaping," says Peter. It wasn't at all what he had in mind, but he was confident it could become the backyard of their dreams.

Fast-forward five months, two decks, and a lush lawn later....(read on to see for yourself)

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