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After drawing up plans, Jamie is off to Lowe's for supplies. There he finds everything he needs, from lumber to plants to sandy potting soil. Jamie's goal is to reclaim this unused space and make it part of the house again. "It's an intimate outdoor space," he says. "So [now], this is really your fifth room."

He specifically chooses plants that are easy to care for and drought-tolerant—a valuable characteristic in Southern California's dry climate. They also look beautiful, creating the feeling of an oasis. "Every box has plants in it so it's like the whole thing's growing," Jamie says.

"What prospective buyers aren't going to walk in here and imagine themselves having coffee, reading the paper, hanging out with the kids?" Nate says. "I mean, this is really beautiful."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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