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Betsy Schulz’s design for the Shipstead backyard illustrates how a small outdoor space can be transformed into a lovely, functional outdoor room. The slate patio was extended from the house, and a fountain and fire pit were added as a focal point for the seating area. Schulz had-sculpted the fountain tiles to add interest and beauty to the water feature. A succulent wall livens up the plain white fence. The plantings are all low-water varieties, including the Dymondia, which replaced the grass. Boulders add a natural feel around stepping stones that lead from the main house to the garage.


Medium: Landscape design, installation, and sculpted-tile fountainSize: 2,000 sq. ft.Duration: January–February 2012 Client: Susan and Patrick Shipstead