The Noe Valley couple love gardening under the canopy of mature trees, but negotiating passage along crumbling steps, around rotting terrace beds, and staring at the neighbor's looming retaining wall dampens the experience.
Eliminate tripping hazards, create flowing paths, terrace the upslope property, provide gathering areas, and transform the neighbor's eyesore into an attribute.
Custom cast, leaf-imprint retaining walls double as benches and designate places to enjoy the garden. Tumbled bluestone steps replace crumbling ones. The looming retaining wall becomes a section of "ancient aqueduct" a series of arches with nooks and shelves for candles, objets, and plants. Water slips out of a "crack" in the third section. Salvageable materials become planting beds, benches, and pavers.
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