Taking advantage of the garden’s changes in ground levels, steps lead from the upper dining deck to the lower patio paved in smooth sandstone. Contemporary raised beds with evergreen perennials, grasses and tall bamboos for screening.
Backyard Wabi-Sabi Rocks and stones suggest a Japanese garden in this courtyard retreat outside a Los Angeles house. Amphitheater-style steps provide extra seating when the homeowners are having a party.
In a high-tech green family home in Culver City, California, Lee + Mundwiler Architects designed a sliding glass wall between the living room and engawa—a deck found in traditional Japanese houses. Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao