An extensive house addition radically changed the building’s orientation to its sloping, mix-softwood forest landscape. HMWhite designed a series of walls, paths and terraces making efficient use of the sloping topography. Garden walls and steps were introduced to establish linkages between each new garden room and a higher pool terrace. A series of new garden…more
(Graduated) Stairway to heaven Decomposed-granite steps edged with concrete nudge this path upslope in a backyard in Portola Valley, California. Because the steps taper from 8 feet wide at the bottom to 3 feet wide at the top, they appear to cover more ground than they do. (A Cor-Ten steel wall enhances the effect; from a 4 1/2-foot base, it shrinks to 2 feet high at the top.) Dasylirion and dwarf lavender line the path.