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15 Tiny But Mighty Yards, Balconies + Rooftop Patios

July 07, 2015

Get the most from your outdoor spaces with these clever design ideas.

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Photo: Elk Studios LLC. From: Amy Elbaum.

Bright Balcony

An artful array of plants create a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Functional yet stylish furnishings are perfect for lounging with a cocktail in hand.

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Potted Privacy

A street-facing balcony may offer extra square footage but not much extra privacy. Line your balcony with tall, leafy potted plants to shield your place from prying eyes.

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Artful Landscaping

A dark and tiny backyard was transformed with built-in plant beds, salvaged bluestone pavers and lots of natural charm. Reclaimed barn doors add a focal point to the space, while a custom greenscreen trellis fills the garden (and two floors of the home!).

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Rooftop Office

Investing in weather-resistant outdoor furniture, like benches and coffee tables, opens up new possibilities. Don't have enough space for a home office indoors? Take your work to the roof deck on the next sunny day.

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