Berkeley Urban Patio Front YardContemporary , San Francisco
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4. At Least 1 High-Impact FeatureIt’s worth considering splurging on at least one standout element that elevates your overall design, acting as a focal point, a functional feature or both. This can vary depending on your site and design, from a specially detailed shade pergola to a water feature or specimen tree. This Berkeley, California, front yard needed increased privacy and security, and a wooden fence and entryway gate add beauty and serve a function. “A formal entry gate is something that people will see, touch and feel daily for many years,” says Ian Moore, who designed the garden and also built the fencing and gate by hand.
A new custom arbor and entry gate next to the fence leads visitors to the garden as well as to the front door. Entirely handmade, the gate and fence were the project’s biggest splurges but were elements Moore believes significantly enhanced the design. “This feature is a wonderful blend of historic Berkeley with some contemporary design influence,” Moore says. “Much like the formal entry to a Japanese tea garden, the fence and gate really set the tone,” he says. An antique wisteria, a gift to the homeowners from the head of horticulture at the Filoli estate in Woodside, California, sprawls over the new arbor.