This is one of two wine- bottle trees I designed for my backyard.

When I purchased my home seven years ago, the smallish backyard was supposed to be an English garden – not exactly appropriate for our Sacramento heat.

"Maybe the hot tub will be nice," I thought when we moved into our east Sac home six years ago. But as it languished near the garage in a cool corner of the yard for five years, I began to long for a serene nook to spend mornings admiring my gardening efforts.

Kimberly Anger repurposes an old gas barbecue to create a utility side table for her patio.

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