The serene Zen experience one gets from visiting this house starts at the sidewalk, leading visitors through an Asian-inspired garden.
The front path leads you through a minimal geometric courtyard, and the materials have a strong relationship to the house.
A convenient parking pad has a thoughtful spot in this landscape. It makes it much easier for people lug in really good hostess gifts for you.
This formal, symmetrical and well-manicured front courtyard gives visitors a lot of clues to what's inside the house.
This staggered approach gives visitors big peeks into the house itself. Take note of how they have used plants in containers to accentuate the approach.
This gated home walks a good line between feeling secure and being welcoming. The fence is not too high, and the gate is translucent.
An approach covered with an arbor gives us a glimpse to the spectacular open view on the other side of the house.
This entrance begins with an approach that is closed in by gabion walls, and the space opens up as one gets closer to the buildings.
This Japanese style entrance accomplishes what Zen gardens do - it gives visitors a chance to contemplate their surroundings. It transitions from stone path to wooden bridge to the final staircase; each part of the journey is a unique experience.
Leading visitors in over a lily pond definitely makes a strong first impression!
This has always been a favorite of mine on Houzz. The glossy black door, the lights that flank it, the plant and the perfectly pruned trees gives this house oodles of curb appeal.