Capitol Hill Terraced Gardens and Patios

Seattle, WA

A sloped lawn and small patio were replaced by retaining walls and risers to create terraced spaces in the back. The front entry was renovated with wider walkways, shade garden plantings and lighting. Concrete for walls and walkways, bluestone for patios and risers, and custom railings throughout bring an elegant look to the outdoor living spaces and gardens.

Comfortable dining and entertaining area.

A spa and inviting seating area.

Enjoy the garden view!

A few accent containers .

A welcoming front entry.

Walkways and lighting guide you through the garden.

Laurelhurst Garden and Patio

Seattle, WA

This 1920s Laurelhurst home, with a steep slope entry, outdated retaining walls and neglected lawns and beds, needed a landscape upgrade to beautify the surrounds and make the space functional. The homeowners envisioned dining and entertaining areas, lush plantings and play space for the children. New retaining walls and risers, bluestone patios, and redesigned beds and lawn transformed the space from uninviting to ‘we spend all our time outside’.

Bluestone patios with custom bench seating provide dining and entertaining space.

An evening by the fire…

New risers, lighting and custom hand rails provide a welcoming entry to the garden.

Cozy seating on the covered porch.

Magnolia Vertical Garden

Magnolia, WA

A spiral staircase connects the elevated deck to the garden and patio below; planter boxes integrated into the walkways conquer the steep grade.

The bluestone patio is a peaceful spot to sit and enjoy the garden, birds and wildlife.

The deck and patio overlook the lush garden below.

The slope in the front is covered with lush plantings that cascade to a colorful perennial garden that includes containers and a clematis that makes a wall of flowers in spring.

The perennials attract hummingbirds and butterflies; the berry-producing shrubs feed birds and other wildlife.

Woodland Garden

Mercer Island, WA

A northwest ranch style home with a sweeping view of Lake Washington was the site for this design challenge. The house sat at the top of a steeply sloped property; the backyard was a narrow terrace, below which the property sloped dramatically toward the lake. Towering conifers that supported an active eagle habitat dominated the landscape. The client wanted to transform the space so it would be a functional and beautiful entertaining area that blended with the surroundings.

The descending boardwalk with recessed lighting takes you through the Rhododendron garden to get from the deck to the patio.

The patio is sited to take advantage of the view through the trees.

Handrail with ipe detail.

Patio provides seating and entertaining area.

Enjoying the garden and lake view from the deck.

The enlarged deck accommodates dining and entertaining.

ViewRidge Project

Seattle, WA

This recently constructed craftsman-style home is located in the vintage 1950s neighborhood of View Ridge. The homeowners loved the architecture of their new home, and they wanted to upgrade the landscape to match it. In the front the design challenge was to make the two-story house look as if it belonged on this small urban lot, as well as in the neighborhood, and turn the outdated and neglected backyard into a family-friendly space that provided cooking, dining, play space for children and a low maintenance garden.

A varied plant palette on several visual planes blends the house with its surroundings.

Colorful foliage provides year-round interest and softens the retaining wall.

Cedar screening is integrated with the retaining wall and also provides support for vertical plant material.

Acer palmatum 'Oshu shidare' completes a welcoming entry.

Bluestone pavers and risers provide a comfortable transition from the sidewalk to the front entry.

Custom wrought iron handrail repeats architectural details of the house.

Bluestone snapped edge risers comfortably connect the front yard to the utility walkway leading to the back.

Screening for HVAC, custom handrails to match architectural details, and corten containers for vegetable gardening are a few of the details that maximize the functionality and aesthetics of the space.

The ipe deck provides outdoor dining and entertaining space; wrap-around risers give an open feel and easy access and transition to the lawn and play area.

The garden shed is detailed to match the house and provides much needed storage space as well as a work space.

River View Retreat

Seattle, WA

A spacious backyard overlooks the Cedar River and is surrounded by trees and habitat that support birds and other wildlife. The owner wanted to transform the neglected backyard into a space that blended with the natural surroundings and provided an area for river and wildlife viewing as well as entertaining space for family and friends.

The bluestone patio at the edge of the yard overlooks the river and offers a viewing area to enjoy the natural surroundings.

A seating wall nicely separates the patio from the rest of the yard making it feel cozy and private.

The client can now enjoy intimate dining or entertaining family and friends in a beautiful setting overlooking the river.

Risers lead to the bluestone path that defines the planting spaces and makes a walk through the garden easy and enjoyable.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Mercer Island, WA

The homeowners wanted to transform the backyard into a space that could be used for family activities and enjoyed by everyone. A long, narrow space with minimal flat areas became a lush garden with integrated spaces for seating, casual dining, vegetable gardening, and space for the dog!

The fire pit with seating provides a family gathering space where the views of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier can be enjoyed. The second-story deck accommodates dining and entertaining.

The lush garden can be viewed throughout the house.

Ornamental grasses were used as a low maintenance lawn substitute; they add soft texture and movement to the garden.

Colorful shrubs and perennials flank the gravel walkway that winds through the garden.

Urban Backyard

Seattle, WA

A dated urban backyard is transformed into a family outdoor space with a patio that offers seating and dining as well as play space for the children. The arbor makes it a shady retreat. Raised beds provide gardening space for edibles; new walkways, lighting, colorful, low maintenance plants and a lawn complete the transformation.

An arbor provides much needed shaded for a patio on a southwest exposure.

The lawn is play space for children and pets.

Walkways provide comfortable dry footing throughout the garden.

Colorful shrubs were selected for low maintenance and winter interest.

Small Spaces

Small Spaces are deserving of the design process to maximize their functionality and aesthetics. Every square inch counts-especially when the client has a big wish list.

Entertaining on the patio around the fire.

Cozy dining in the garden under a maple tree.

A covered barbecue and beverage station is integrated into the patio and walkway space between house and garage.

Roof top deck and arbor provide a cozy and intimate outdoor dining space. attention while they enjoy the surrounding plants.

Custom planter boxes provide rooftop gardening space; the integrated railing and screen define the space.

Lush container plantings soften a stone patio.