Outdoor Living Spaces

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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Double-Decker Porches
With the addition of one open and one covered deck upstairs and a screened porch below, the Loves added 850 square feet of outdoor living space to their house. Smart move: Mild winters mean they use these areas, connected by an outdoor staircase, year-round.

Arched Iron Gate
A wrought-iron gate that looks like gates the Loves saw on historic homes in Charleston, SC, replaced a shoddy wooden one. "Switching out just the gate was an easy, low-cost way to revive the fence without replacing the whole thing," says Peter.

A Spot to Read and Relax
The screened porch offers privacy and protection from bugs.

Evergreen Lawn
Patchy, half-dead grass got the boot. In came a sturdy mix of bluegrass and fescue that gets trimmed no shorter than 3 inches. (Most grass, when mowed, is left a little shorter.) The longer length keeps the lawn looking lush.

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