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Yard of the Week: Elegant Poolside Retreat and Front Yard Lounge (www.houzz.com)

When a couple and their young daughter moved into their home in Haddonfield, New Jersey, two years ago, their backyard desperately needed a face-lift. The in-ground pool was in good shape, but nothing around it was remotely inviting, landscape designer Joe Palimeno says.

“My clients loved the property’s location, and the house had great bones, but it had a tired, outdated concrete deck around the pool, plus a couple of old pressure-treated wooden decks that were falling apart,” says Palimeno, who had landscaped the family’s previous property. “We stripped the entire property down. All we left was the pool and the driveway.”

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