Use Your House Look at the lines of your home -- it might give you the perfect spot to place a deck (and make mowing or other yard-maintenance chores easier to boot). This deck-and-pergola combination, for example, is a perfect solution for an odd space.
BHG: Keep an outdoor structure uncovered to increase the sense of space. Instead of draping a pergola in climbing roses and vines or closing it in with walls, keep it open so the space feels bigger and yard views remain intact.
Melinda and Simon landscaped the garden themselves. The teak doors were picked up in Java while on a furniture-buying trip. “We knew they would make a fabulous feature in our garden,” says Melinda. “It was well worth the effort to get them here.