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Before and After: A Brooklyn Backyard Gets Beautified

When homeowners David and Vivian bought their brownstone, the backyard wasn't attractive in the least. A decrepit deck, falling-down retaining walls, and exposed soil made the whole space unappealing and uninhabitable. But with some gumption and planning, the husband-and-wife team took the yard from desolate to delightful. To see what they did,


The couple terraced the yard, added stepstones, flowerbed borders, and a variety of foliage to the area. They created multiple "mini gardens" to break up the space, and for privacy and aesthetic purposes, covered an ugly chain link fence with a cedar fence. All in all, they saved about $10,000 thanks to their DIYs. Want to do something similar at your house? Get all of the details and instructions at This Old House.


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
talrocks talrocks 8 years
Way to go people! Very cozy!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Love it! Great job!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
beautiful. really nice garden. would be fantastic in the evening if there was a bit of lighting?
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 8 years
Looks like a beautiful and very relaxing garden!
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