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Dave Bauer

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When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living Gardens Landscape Design. “The front is where friends and neighbors gather. The back of the house is a more intimate family space,” she says.

The Front Yard

The front yard is divided into separate zones — a stone patio, a raised deck and a seating area around a fire pit — giving each area the feel of a destination. When McCrae started her yard renovation four years ago, the patio against the house was existing, but the deck and fire pit areas were an overgrown hodgepodge.

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