A pronounced feature of most modern California homes and developments was indoor-outdoor living. This often translated to a back yard with a lawn, and, in many cases, even a swimming pool. This new informal style of living, and its easy proximity to the beautiful Calfornia outdoors, created a renewed interest in gardens and landscaping.
The backyard became a family's private oasis, hidden by fences and hedges and often boasting play spaces for children and barbeque pits, features formerly associated with public parks and community centers. Concrete was used liberally, freeing the suburban homeowner from tedious gardening chores such as mowing. In suburban developments where real estate was at a premium, these spaces often served as extra rooms.
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