Tranquil Family Retreat

A backyard in Brooklyn goes from child-centric clutter to family-oriented sanctuary.

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Jon and Shawn Morehead bought their tiny Brooklyn apartment several years ago, but since then they've had two children. Space is at a premium: The backyard is a wilderness of kids' toys, and there's no place for the adults to hang out. Host Matt James sets about turning the space into a green garden fit for both adults and children.

The neighborhood is a dream, but the yard is far from idyllic. Plastic toys are scattered about, the lawn is history and the whole space is neglected. It's an unwelcoming place for both kids and adults. Shawn and Jon want an outdoor room where Maddie and Mina can have fun while Mom and Dad relax, thus helping to expand their living space.