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THE SOLUTION  Carlton Design took a second look at the underutilized suburban backyard and designed a yin yang shaped patio built from naturally irregular bluestone resting in the inside curve of a gently rising natural stone wall planter. The

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THE PROBLEM  The homeowner, a devoted tai chi practitioner, rarely went into his backyard, which was pretty to look at but not very useful.

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homeowner now has a tranquil setting in which to practice tai chi, also known as a moving meditation.  Additionally, the patio also serves as a small and intimate outdoor room for entertaining guests.