The hardscaping helps keep water use to a minimum. The Lais used gravel—accented by drought-tolerant bamboo—to create their side yard.  Photo 5 of 13 in A Dream House for the Ages
The larch rainscreen covering the second floor give the house a light appearance and also provides privacy. Though it's difficult for outsiders to look in, the openings between the slats of wood let the family sneak views to the outside.  Photo 7 of 13 in A Dream House for the Ages
The house sits on a corner lot, which makes the side yard (shown here) also a front yard. Five-and-a-half-year-old Maya (left) and two-and-a-half-year-old Yumi (right) play on the gravel while Mayuko, David, and Shota sit on the bench. Tagged: Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck.  Photo 6 of 13 in A Dream House for the Ages
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