Front and rear gardens were developed for this newly renovated house addressing the street, the ravine, and the contemporary renovation to this turn-of-the-century house. The front landscape is a casual route through a courtyard like space, asymmetrically alternating black granite paving and sharp white variegated and limey green foliage to create a strong contrast to catch the light against the backdrop of dark red brick and black detailing of the house. Garbage, recycling and the mailbox are built into the front porch.
The rear garden is terraced with three zones connected by a floating stair: a large lawn and herb garden for play; multilevel decks interwoven with shade plantings and trees that connect the interior living space with the outdoor area with seating; and a lower parking level at the lane.
A long bike shed forms packs storage into the fencing in the rear.
Our work included negotiating a ravine permit as the rear garden encroached on ravine lands.