Less is more

Make the most of a small garden

Less is more

A wooden walkway leads to the side yard.

Thomas J. Story

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Walnut Creek, CA ― As homes grow larger and fill more of their lots, gardens are getting smaller and smaller. Landscape designers try to make every inch count. The suburban garden of David Brewster and Alvey Halloway is a perfect example of how to make the most of a small yard.

Using complementary paving materials to define each space, landscape architects Stefan Thuilot and Joseph Huettl transformed a very narrow side yard into a slate patio, gravel potting area, and a small lawn that wraps around the end of the house. Wooden walkways set flush with the patio act as bridges between the various garden areas.


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