Older homes on deep, narrow lots often have lots of setback, which means there is a long expanse of often-unused front yard. For decades, the traditional front yard has been lots of lawn and a long driveway leading to the garage -- which is often in the backyard. From the sidewalk, a pathway -- sometimes lined with hedges or rose bushes -- lead to the entry. More hedges are planted beneath the front windows, and occasionally there might be a tree in the yard.
Neat and tidy, predictable, and ho-hum.
The owner of this property in Venice, California, opted to use that front yard space to create an intimate, enclosed patio that is accessible via a gate or a kitchen door. The fence provides privacy screening, and offers relaxation, a place to dine, entertain and is a true outdoor room.