Favorite outdoor spaces usually have two things in common: comfy seating and a little screening. The front yard at Leni and Fred Wiener's lacked both. Add in heavy shade and the traffic of their New Rochelle, New York, neighborhood, and it's no surprise the couple went decades without using the space. But when a nor'easter took out a few old trees, they seized the chance to start over.
Shown: Flowers, shrubs, and a picket fence shield the homeowners from passersby without feeling unfriendly. Flagstones form a rustic path from the street to the front door.