Two rounds of improvements—first construction and hardscaping, then color and soft furnishings—bring a whole new life to this beloved backyard
The backyard Liz Johnson describes from when she and her family moved into their home seven years ago bears little resemblance to the place they cherish today. The steps from the back door led to a small cement landing and a pool with concrete surround. “We had several different architects and landscapers come over to ask them, What do we do with this space?” Liz says. Little Rock’s Burt Taggart, III, of Taggart Design Group had the solution: Build a deck over the cement and elevate much of the living space—including a pergola-covered sitting area, bar and outdoor kitchen, and flagstone fireplace—on a landing a few steps above the pool….