Best Landscape Design Options

A nice entrance of a luxury house over outdoor landscape
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Ed and Barbara Garahan loved the backyard of their 1960s home in a north Dallas suburb, with its creeks and mature trees. But after 15 years, the deck was deteriorating. And with the kids grown and gone, it was time for a change. "We wanted to make it a visually appealing place, with enough room for family reunions," says Barbara Garahan.

Many homeowners face a similar question: How to transform an outdoor space into an extension of their home, where they can enjoy the great outdoors in style and comfort, and also add to the home's resale value?

Luckily, outdoor designs have become more sophisticated in terms of products and plantings.