A large gravel courtyard is the front yard of this home. A major view from the house and courtyard is an unattractive hillside.
This is one of the first areas one notices when driving into the courtyard. The homeowners wanted to improve their view. They envisioned a beautiful garden for quiet sitting and reflection, a “rock garden with a Japanese feel.” The design challenge was to improve the vista and to create an accessible garden space on the hillside.
#1 BEFORE View of street from the house; telephone pole is a point of reference.
#2 BEFORE. View of house and front yard from the street.
#3 After massive yard clean up: hardscape installation in progress
#4 Paths, patio and plantings in relation to sidewalk
#5 Private patio with new plantings with telephone pole reference
#6 AFTER view of the street from the house; telephone pole reference
#7. AFTER View of the house from the street through screen planting
#8. Plant list