An ipe deck slopes sharply skyward behind Amy Persin’s house in Menlo Park, California, creating a secluded backyard...
The vertical planter in the deck contains ten varieties of succulents.
Persin and her children, Lu, Mae, and Calvin, pose on their front stoop, built with ipe left over after the completion...
Cox initially conceived the deck as a conventional surface for relaxing and entertaining.
The rear of the house features Victorian brick, a modern extension, and Velfac windows.
The red chimney and strategic diagonals throw accents against the simple silhouette.
Stringent building regulations didn’t cramp the designers’ style.
“The steep site lends itself to the ‘upside down’ configuration,” Harkness explains.
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