Design: Residential, Single Family Home
Thuilot Associates, Stefan Thuilot
Client: Derek and Cathy Stein
This Orinda property offers spectacular views, plenty of level garden space – a novelty in this hilly community—and a house that features seamless living between the indoors and outdoors. The landscape design capitalizes on these attributes with a layout that is at once imaginative, respectful of the architecture and views, and simple without compromising on details. Breathtaking views from the family and living room onto the surrounding hills are highlighted by glimpses of the pure, broad sky mirrored in the pool just outside. The surrounding low-lying plantings gently frame this view as the graceful greenery moves in the wind. As day shifts to evening, a new view emerges as the flames of a fire pit dance over the valley below. A supreme achievement of this garden is the creation of a peaceful, inviting space that incorporates a complex program while feeling graceful and effortless.