The lawn in front of this Berkeley, California home was replaced with pavers of square-cut Connecticut bluestone. Landscape architect Stefan Thuilot added an overhead trellis to enclose the space, benches for extra seating, a water feature to mask traffic noise, and vertical plants such as New Zealand flax (in the pot) and horsetail (along the wall).
Design: Huettl-Thuilot Associates, Berkeley (www.huettl-thuilot.com or 510/848-3200).
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