Blue spruces used to screen the front yard of this Eden Prairie, Minn., home from the street and nearby neighbors. But when the spruces started dying after 30 years and the community wouldn’t permit the family to put up a tall fence, creative solutions were necessary. The fix? Replace the spruces with a space-saving barn-door entry gate and half-inch-thick, timber-framed copper panels. The company that designed the project won NARI’s national COTY Award for best landscape design for an outdoor living project costing over $60,000.

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