Art Smith's built-in Viking grill

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Last summer, Art and his longtime partner, Jésus Ramon Salgueiro, added flower boxes for their neighbors in the condo building. "People who never had a place to grow anything really got into the spirit," Art says. "The amazing thing is, this space, which was built for our own personal party overflow, is now a community garden.

Brickwork and stone provide a built-in frame for the Viking grill and a base for limestone countertops.

"Sometimes, I think maybe we should get a bigger house," Art says, "just so we could have a bigger yard—and a bigger outdoor kitchen."