This beautiful home is perched on a steep slope with a dramatic view of Puget Sound, but the front of the house was open to the public thoroughfare, no privacy,  no visual interest. By moving in large boulders and creating a private garden (reflected in the glass doors) we created a safe and grounded space which was in contrast to the precarious site of the house itself.

Gardens are not only visual. We core-drilled one of the boulders to create a  fountain and positioned bamboo nearby so that visitors could hear both the sound of moving water as well as the wind blowing through the leaves as they entered this magnificent aerie.