In-City Living - West Seattle

How to best use the limited space around a `skinny’ house for outdoor living as well as improve the experience of arriving at the front entry, set far back from the street?

To create an intimate entertainment deck in the back, wooden planters were added to match the house. Hedging and mixed plants were placed to provide a sense of enclosure and screen the carport. Queuing off the traveling interests of the homeowners, we made `Kula’ - a 450-pound stone elephant - the official greeter at the front door. She introduces visitors to a more extensive collection of African art on display indoors, and directs them down a lushly planted narrow side yard.