An urban garden + adjacent writer's studio replace a ho-hum back yard.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fences, Wall, and Wood Fences, Wall. Inspired by Japanese precedents and our client's love of mossy Pacific Northwest landscapes, we conceived of a multi-purpose outdoor space that would look good in all seasons, with materials that weather well. A cast-in-place paving scheme designates zones for a barbecue grill, a cedar soaking tub, a fire pit, and dining area. A maple tree forms the focal point and will grow to shade the yard. Photo  of Michael BView Photos

Inspired by Japanese precedents and our client's love of mossy Pacific Northwest landscapes, we conceived of a multi-purpose outdoor space that would look good in all seasons, with materials that weather well. A cast-in-place paving scheme designates zones for a barbecue grill, a cedar soaking tub, a fire pit, and dining area. A maple tree forms the focal point and will grow to shade the yard.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. A 7-foot-tall cedar fence is sheathed on both sides to afford maximum privacy for owner and neighbor. Photo 2 of Michael BView Photos

A 7-foot-tall cedar fence is sheathed on both sides to afford maximum privacy for owner and neighbor.

Modern home with Outdoor, Hardscapes, Back Yard, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Horizontal Fences, Wall, and Landscape Lighting. The fire pit is made of board-formed concrete with Cor-Ten weep holes for drainage. Photo 3 of Michael BView Photos

The fire pit is made of board-formed concrete with Cor-Ten weep holes for drainage.

Modern home with Office and Study Room Type. Mid-way through construction, the owner decided to convert the garage into an office, as he liked it too much to give it over to parking. Photo 4 of Michael BView Photos

Mid-way through construction, the owner decided to convert the garage into an office, as he liked it too much to give it over to parking.

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Desk, Bookcase, Shelves, and Concrete Floor. Mid-way through construction, the owner decided to convert the garage into an office, as he liked it too much to give it over to parking. Photo 5 of Michael BView Photos

Mid-way through construction, the owner decided to convert the garage into an office, as he liked it too much to give it over to parking.

Modern home with Outdoor, Raised Planters, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. Board formed concrete is softened by moss. Photo 6 of Michael BView Photos

Board formed concrete is softened by moss.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Garden, Hardscapes, Grass, Walkways, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. Moss + Mint: A yard of cast-in-place concrete pavers can be rather stark. But Scotch moss is soft underfoot, and mixes with fragrant, steppable Corsican mint. Photo 7 of Michael BView Photos

Moss + Mint: A yard of cast-in-place concrete pavers can be rather stark. But Scotch moss is soft underfoot, and mixes with fragrant, steppable Corsican mint.

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