The owner of this small shady garden in the heart of Noe Valley wanted an elegant outdoor room with enough warmth to ward off the cold of San Francisco’s summer nights. She also wanted her small upper deck to feel more connected to the lower deck. The design included replacing the two redwood decks and stairs with Brazilian Walnut and the addition of new railings.  We added a unique water feature that could be seen from various vantage points, and a simple concrete fire pit large enough to be used as a coffee table.

A heated concrete bench made the small upper deck off of the kitchen more inviting and usable. We replaced a tall wooden plinth at one end of the upper deck with a long clay pot filled with succulents, connecting the two decks. The all weather cushioned couch and chaise lounge on the lower deck are back lit by elegant sconce lights. New shade tolerant plants such as Fuchsia Thymifolia, Hellebores, Loropetalum and a Box Honeysuckle add to the year round blooms of this small, elegant garden.