Embraced Open Space: After

Entry: New composite railings define the airy porch, which the owners opened up and rebuilt on the original footings. The columns are 66s wrapped and trimmed in PVC, and the floors are meranti, a wallet-friendly mahogany look-alike. A Craftsman-style fir door adds more warmth than the boring builder-grade white one.

Landscaping: A curving walk made from tumbled concrete pavers meanders past beds of succulents and other drought-tolerant plants. Their silvery hues complement the house's now sage-green siding.

Shown: Use stones and concrete blocks left over from other projects to frame foundation plantings.
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