Illinois Yard Transformation

Neil and Susan Locke's huge backyard in the suburbs of Chicago was a perfect place for their three daughters to play as children. But now the Lockes are ready for their landscape to become a place where they can relax and entertain friends.

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Built around a four-foot central fountain, the spacious new terrace multiplies the Lockes' outdoor living space with versatile dining and conversation areas. Mature serviceberry trees, which turn a dramatic red in the fall, provide plenty of shade. Bob even replaced Neil's hard-used grill, dubbed Old Sparky, with a state-of-the-art model.