A family of five gets maximum enjoyment from a versatile backyard redesign - with something for all ages.
By Debra Prinzing | Photography by Ed Gohlich | Produced by Robin Tucker
BH&G's Deck, Patio & Outdoor Living | Spring 2013
Start with one ordinary backyard, a concrete patio, a patch of lawn and a swing set. Include one mom and one dad, both with busy medical careers, plus three active kids. Add one rambunctious dog named Mackie and an undemanding cat named Ginger.
For Gigi Kroll McConnaughey, an OB-GYN physician in private practice, and Doug McConnaughey, an internist, this equation didn’t add up. Three years ago, the couple realized that their Newport Beach, Calif., property wasn’t reaching its potential.
“We’d been toying with a big garden project, but the idea of tackling it was overwhelming for two working parents,” Gigi says of their average-sized suburban lot.