A Stone Patio
Finding room outside for a table and chairs is at the top of most homeowners' wish list—whether as a place for open-air family dinners, casual get-togethers with friends, or just kicking back with the paper. It was all three for best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin and her writer-husband, Richard Goodwin, whose home is shown throughout this story. Their vision: a plant-filled stone patio incorporating a stream and a koi pond.

So landscape architect Paul Maue nestled a bluestone terrace right outside French doors that lead from three keys areas of the house: the dining room, the great room, and the library. The stone is cut in neat rectangles that echo the lines of the house, but the patio has a naturalistic, irregular shape, bordered with curved beds and trees, that ties it to the rest of the property. "Before, the space was completely exposed to the sky," says Maue. "Now, as the new trees grow, their canopy will make it feel more intimate, comfortable, and protected."

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