Houseandhome.com's online director, Lisa Murphy, wanted a functional backyard to complement her family home in downtown Toronto. Originally, the 442-square-foot space "featured" concrete stairs, a desolate strip of turf and a gap-toothed fence. With a smart plan by architect Gillian Green, who specializes in modern interiors, they transformed the yard from humble to inviting, gaining accessibility, style and privacy. See how they introduced different textures like dark-stained wood, concrete, steel, lush turf and organic grasses to create a cosy escape from the city.
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