Open to change

Perfect fit with the surroundings
Lauren Bonar Swezey

Lafayette, CA. Nestled at the base of a steep hillside with gorgeous views of Northern California's rolling hills, Brian and Cristen Godfrey's charming small-space garden feels perfectly matched to its surroundings.

But just a few years ago, much of the land was overrun with a carpet of scraggly junipers 3 feet deep. A huge fir tree growing up through the junipers blocked much of the view. The only connection to the open space was a set of wooden steps that went straight up the hill.

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