Small Backyard, Big Escape
Clever design makes the most of the room you have.
A Series of RoomsFirst on the list: Divide the yard into three separate outdoor rooms, each with its own function. This makes the yard seem bigger because each room is a destination. Guests enter the yard through gates on either end or through glass doors connected to the kitchen. The latter option brings them to an outdoor extension of the kitchen, outfitted with a gas grill, a granite-topped bar with stools, and a wall-mounted TV. A roofed arbor gives shelter from sun and rain, while ceiling fans keep the air moving.
To the left is the dining area, which is clearly defined by a table and chairs sitting on a painted wooden deck. Behind the table rests a spa. A few steps to the right of the bar is the fire pit. An outdoor fireplace, decorated with items Yandell acquired in the Southwest, dominates this sunken garden room.