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The quiet, simple design, installed by Designs by Sundown, features a sleek custom bench that accentuates the long, narrow footprint and a natural-gas fireplace made of precast limestone. LANDSCAPING BY Adam Hallauer of Designs by Sundown ARCHITECTURE BY Jeff Sheppard, Roth Sheppard Architects PHOTO BY David Winger MORE INFO at http://www.coloradohomesmag.com/article/modern-oasis

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two levels of colored concrete. The Byrnes use the upper terrace mostly for dining and hanging out; three steps down, a built-in bench invites guests to lounge around the firepit. A gappy ipe fence gives a sense of spaciousness while preserving privacy. Low-care plants, such as autumn moor grass, Mexican weeping bamboo, and yucca, soften the angular design.