Rebecca Rudolph and Colin Thompson's home in Southern California is no exception. They bought the small house nine years ago and have been modestly updating and (slightly) expanding it ever since.
And, although we really like all the inexpensive changes they made to the house, it was their courtyard that really caught our eye. Clean and modern and beautiful, their front yard (blocked off from the street by a tall fence) is full of California natives and drought-tolerant plants.
"We wanted the yard to be fairly maintenance free," says the owner Rebecca Rudolph.
And it's a good thing that they made the yard so attractive, because the very best thing about the house is how they've opened it up to the outside.
See all the pictures at the LA Times.
Image: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times