Mediterranean Backyard

Landscape designer Michael Glassman takes a formerly concrete backyard and transforms it into a Mediterranean-designed retreat.
By: Barbara Ballinger

Dining With a View

Sheltered dining gets framed with columns supported by stone piers to add a rustic Mediterranean flavor. A large flowering tree is another focal point for those sitting or relaxing at opposite ends of the yard.

Functional Focal Point

A fireplace is a stunning focal point, while also being a functional place to cook outdoors, from favorite breads to fish.

Light It Up

Night lighting can be discreetly installed along the house or under a terrace roof as Glassman did in this yard.

Keep It Cool

Use a ceiling fan outdoors keeps cool air flowing on steamy days.

Simple Walking Path

Glassman designates separate areas with different materials, including a grassy oval and gravel pathway.