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A fire pit adds appreciably to outdoor enjoyment. Cushioned wicker furniture can generally be left outside without cover, so the patio becomes a convenient gathering spot that doesn't require a lot of use-preparation.

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Outdoor Elegance Meets Cutting Edge Technology

A design/build team explores fine architecture in weather-resistant materials.

If anything in the summer of 2013 points to still evolving homeowner expectations, it may be the frequency with which locals are integrating screen porches, patios, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens into original landscaping schemes that artfully marry the house to its setting.

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