Steps lead from the dining patio to a gathering spot with fireplace and seat wall. Below cactus thrive in pots.
An intimate gathering spot on the middle terrace has a built-in fireplace edged with a low seat wall; square cutouts in the wall frame views of the desert.
The lowest and most intimate terrace ― screened by an existing California pepper tree ― is reserved for a spa. "It's a wonderful series of spaces for outdoor living," noted a juror. "The subdued colors and gentle transitions to the desert make the garden very unobtrusive."
DESIGN: Natural Order Inc., Tucson (520/792-9274)