Mike Lanza, who blogs over at Playborhood, did an amazing thing a while back to increase community interaction and kids' play in their northern California neighborhood. He redesigned his front yard into a "family room," with the goal of building a family neighborhood hangout.Mike blogs about his front yard family room, and you'll be amazed at the innovative additions he's made to his lawn: a 30 foot long outdoor whiteboard, a media system, a fountain, a sandbox, a basketball hoop—and that's not even all. If you're not up for a complete playground in your front yard but do want to encourage outdoor play and neighborhood fraternizing, you might consider adding just one of the elements he talks about.
Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.
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