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it be due to scale or budget, when a designer's skills and creativity become paramount," explained MacDowell. "Every problem has a solution; each canvas has a painting not yet realized. It's often amazing how small changes in the landscape can reinvent the space and make what was uninvit- ing or unusable into a desirable place to be." "When able, we like to get away from the basic stone patio, function-only walls, square lawn spaces, and simple plantings," said MacDowell. "We feel it's our obligation to introduce interesting and inviting spaces that draw in the client, their family, and their guests." Rebecca Verner, landscape architect and senior associate at Gregory Lombardi Design in Cambridge, agrees that livable outdoor spaces are becoming more and more desirable. "There's definitely been a growing interest in creating elaborate outdoor spaces for our clients — fire pits with hearths you can sit on, pools adjacent to sports courts, and entire cabanas with full-on out- door kitchens that include not only a grill, but an ice maker, a dishwasher, and a fully-stocked refrigerator. These exterior spaces have become an extension of their interiors and a destination, especially in the summer." One Lombardi client wanted to create a space to entertain their two teenage children — a place where the kids would feel comfortable inviting their friends over and hanging out at home. "When the family moved in four years ago, the lot did not have much usable space. 56 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7 Bringing the Indoors Outdoors

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