An overgrown garden on a steep and deep San Francisco lot is transformed using tropical plants and stacked stone inspired by the early stonework at Skara Brae and the terraces and water systems of Machu Picchu

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proposal drawings: elevation and site plan by Reynolds-Sebastiani
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After: lower section looking north (hawthornia trunk left, deck center top, pittosporum right) stone seating and retaining walls, water feature, and steps. photo by Caitlin Atkinson
“waterfeature” — germann182
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Before: lower section looking north ( barely visible through overgrowth- hawthornia trunk left, deck center top, pittosporum right)
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seating pylons photo by Caitlin Atkinson
“sitting space vs ruins” — scottybb
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stone bench with succulents and bromeliads. photo by Caitlin Atkinson
“riverside” — mutten
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Water feature inspired by rain water retention spillways of Machu Picchu Caitlin Atkinson
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After: looking down from deck (hawthorni, pittosporum left),
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Before: looking down from deck (hawthorn, pittosporum left),
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Spillway and basin water feature photo by Caitlin Atkinson
“Landscaping” — Yesenia Cabrera
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After: Lower level looking south (see palm in middle)
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Before: Lower level looking south (see palm in middle)
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Caitlin Atkinson
“Loquat” — Gary Smith
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seating grouping. reclaimed wood furniture by Old and Board. Caitlin Atkinson
“Railing” — kranderson71
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Caitlin Atkinson
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Photo by Molly Molly DeCoudreaux
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the point of inspiration: the ruins of Skara Brae, the oldest know masonry on earth dating back to 3180 B.C. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skara_Brae
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Point of inspiration, the terraced water management system of Machu Picchu. It was comprised of a series of basin reservoirs connected by spillways to retain the rainwater high up on the slopes before it could fall away unused or worse erode the foundations of the precariously perched buildings.
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