Overlapping panels of ipe wood and colored concrete flank the firepit in this backyard in Los Altos Hills, California. Stone veneer forms a chimneylike background for the flames, creating a classic focal point for this true outdoor living room.
Plant living torches. Golden flower plumes of Miscanthus sinensis shimmer and sway over grassy leaves.
Add shadow casters. Small well lights positioned close to the dark walls create contrasting pools of warm light.
Light open flames. A firepit fueled by natural gas is the patio’s irresistible centerpiece.
Design: Kate Stickley and Natasha Libina, Arterra Landscape Architects, San Francisco (