Well-designed and constructed hardscape is an investment, not an indulgence. Built elements don't need maintenance or irrigation - they are the ultimate drought tolerant enhancement to your outdoor living! Sitting areas can be as simple as a rustic bench off a meandering pathway to an elaborate multi-level deck with steps, landings and railings.

Existing mature trees are usually an invaluable asset to the garden. This welcoming sitting area was photographed the day we completed its construction.

Pavers come in a variety of colors and textures. Dog not included.

Custom cut Arizona flagstone. Used dog included.

An arbor creates an outdoor room.

Mixed materials can create interest and work well together if they are all in keeping with the same color scheme and feel.

More mixed media.

Sitting areas are usually most effective close to the house, but in this instance the view, morning sun, and proximity to the garden studio justify it’s placement further away.

A modern day twist on the traditional front porch

Bold lines and sharp angles create drama.

Designers are rethinking the idea that front yards are just “for show”. Many (Kate included) are reclaiming the front yard as a space to connect with the neighbors. This sitting area on a corner lot will become more private as the plants grow.

A hidden “pocket deck” is cantilevered above a creek. 

This airy arbor provides both shade and privacy from the neighbors’ second floor windows.