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  • Lara Gould

    How fun! Outdoor scrabble "I like areas of double use," says Sacramento architect Kristy McAuliffe, and her 5-foot square Scrabble board rates at least a double-word score on the scale of inventive garden games. With the help of friend Keith Rogers, McAuliffe made a wood frame, then poured concrete and scored it into 3¾-inch squares separated by ¼-inch joints. After the concrete had cured for one month, she colored the squares using water-base concrete stains. McAuliffe then made 100 3¼-inch square letter tiles from baseboard trim. She found precut, adhesive-backed vinyl letters and numbers at a sign shop, stuck them on the tiles, and sealed each one with spray lacquer. The lightweight letters, which are stored in a canvas bag, fit on metal trays made by McAuliffe's friend, metal artist Crystal Weber. Games go late on summer evenings. "You get better words playing outside," McAuliffe says.

  • Jennifer Tucker

    Backyard Scrabble A homemade board game gives extra play to this patio "I like areas of double use," says Sacramento architect Kristy McAuliffe, and her 5-foot square Scrabble board rates at least a double-word score on the scale of inventive garden games. With the help of friend Keith Rogers, McAuliffe made a wood frame, then poured concrete and scored it into 3¾-inch squares separated by ¼-inch joints. After the concrete had cured for one month, she colored the squares using water... I love scrabble- how fun!

  • Brittany Boland

    Backyard Scrabble "I like areas of double use,” says Sacramento architect Kristy McAuliffe. A friend helped her make this 5-foot outdoor Scrabble board with scored concrete in a wood frame. I need to have this when I live in a house

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