The quarter-acre lot behind John and Linda Marshall's 1946 home, in Statesville, NC had plenty of lawn but only a little patio with next to no seating. It also had plenty of eyesores, like sprawling shrubbery and a chain-link fence. The space was uninviting enough to keep the couple from enjoying it themselves, much less with friends.
The Marshalls wanted an outdoor area to cook, eat, and relax in, as a family and with guests, so they met with a garden designer and a plan took shape. The outcome is a gorgeous deck and an open-air structure that is a three-season entertaining space.
See the transformation of their backyard.