A reader sent in these photos and the story of her garden transformation. Over several years, she and her family took the land from rubble-strewn dirt lot to fully landscaped with patios, grass and flower beds, using mostly found materials and doing much of the work themselves. They had a patio with pavers laid close to the house, then put down sod for a lawn. They created a small raised bed for flowers from rubble at the back of the yard, and fashioned a small patio around it using bluestone found in the garden. The circular bench toward the back, made out of compressed paper and resin, was contributed by a friend who was testing the design (it is now available at Material Process). In 2010, they extended the patio in the rear using pond pebbles. In 2011, Hurricane Irene felled a tree, which took out part of the garden. They took advantage of the newly sunny spot opened up by the felled tree and added raised beds for vegetables. Then they added a metal deck to the back of the house and redid the lawn again with new sod. Voila, a space for gardening, entertaining, BBQ and basketball.