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Create a Convertible Dining Space This low table is surrounded by Japanese-style cushions. Remove the table's top and it converts to a daybed, the cushions becoming a mattress. A scrim of Westringia fruticosa, Melianthus major, and Eugenia creates the room's walls; succulents soften the bricked terrace.
A raised platform becomes a stage for children's performances. Deck Modern Create room to play by keeping furniture minimal on a backyard deck. The cedar backdrop in architect John Tong's yard is used for plays and as a screen for projecting movies. The lattice wall on the far left is painted out in cobalt, adding some unexpected colour. Using patches of sod and precast concrete pavers form a low-maintenance and cost-effective landscape.
A peninsula of tumbled cast-concrete blocks and a stone counter turns a freestanding grill into a built-in. DIY this setup for about $350 by stacking blocks on a bed of tamped drainage stone, securing each block with masonry glue. | Photo: Jessie Walker/Cornerhousestock | thisoldhouse.com