garage doors with ivy
Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan
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3. Make Features Do Double Duty

Designing elements that have more than one use adds value in a small yard. The driveway was set with attractive pavers that essentially transform the area in front of the coach-house-style garage into another patio. When hosting their large extended family and friends, the couple can use the space to set up a bar and tables. "This has helped us entertain as many as 100 people here," says George.

Shown: Plants are nestled against wood and stone to lighten their look. Boston ivy climbs up the garage.
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