Double-Grill Fireplace..A sizable brick barbecue is the focal point of this outdoor dining area. A natural-gas line fuels easy starts for wood fires. There are two grills: one for meats, one for veggies. Toasted marshmallows usually top the after-dinner menu. Interlocking bricks provide a solid, low-maintenance floor.
The concrete and brick used to create this handsome patio seating area are low-maintenance materials that resist the effects of wind, water, and temperature changes. The washed-aggregate surface of the concrete doesn't need sealing.
Behind a Brooklyn townhouse, the client envisioned a simple gravel court, a seating area, and a low-maintenance garden. The design delivers that and more: espaliered flowering trees and mossy fairy rings.
Mini Manhattan garden At just 1,200 square feet, this is the second smallest house in Manhattan. When two architects, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, bought it, they transformed it to create a bijou interior with a sense of spaciousness that belies its exterior appearance. Leading out of the kitchen is a small enclosed garden with ivy topiary.