Tranquil Family Retreat

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

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Closer to the house, the area is now a beautiful combination patio and play area. Jon and Shawn attacked the clutter by getting rid of toys that the girls hadn't used in the last month or so. The new sand pit — made out of natural railway ties — is a treasure for Maddie and Mina. A new wooden storage bin stores toys out of sight. Children and adults can now coexist peacefully.