After: Space savored To help entice the family outdoors, Los Angeles landscape designer Steve Siegrist halved the lawn—leaving enough for the kids to play on—and ditched the family’s old hot tub. Then, inspired by the couple’s love of the tropics and the beach (they’re surfers), Siegrist built an open-air lounge and dining patio, separated by a cooling lily pond. Now, says Darren, “we spend as much time outside as we do inside.” Design: stevesiegristdesign.com
DIY Tip of the Day: Gravel Path. Gravel is inexpensive and easy to work with, and makes an excellent garden path. Dig the path at least 6 in. deep and edge it with vinyl or steel. Lay down landscape fabric to block weeds. Cover the fabric with 3 in. of sand, then 3 in. of 3/8-in. crushed limestone or washed pea gravel. Smaller stones make a path that’s denser, more attractive, weed resistant, and easier to walk on.