From the parking area, step through the handsome iron gate onto a terrace made from old, salvaged brick. Notice the exotic, rich green fronds of a sago palm before you. They seem to be hiding something. Move forward onto the formal bluestone terrace, and look to your left. Not just one, but a pair of beautiful sago palms flanks a fountain and basin that’s trimmed in the same salvaged brick. The fountain serves as a focal point and also adds the refreshing sound of splashing water that masks outside noise.
Your next destination is a small, private sitting area just outside the master bedroom. Though it’s part of the overall garden, it feels distinct thanks to a few simple techniques. First, a change in paving material signals a transition. You move from formal bluestone pavers to casual brick and then back to bluestone again. Second, the elevation changes as you ascend a trio of steps. Finally, partial screening provided by tree-form ligustrums and a low hedge of Japanese boxwoods offers the illusion of a separate outdoor room. Viewed from the sitting area, the courtyard appears lush, serene, and very private.