Cary Bernstein Architect Potrero ResidenceTransitional Landscape, San Francisco

Photo of a transitional retaining wall landscape in San Francisco. —  Houzz
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    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    lolalina
    Laura Gaskill added this to 10 Creative Ways to Work With a Sloped LotJan 7, 2016

    4. Built-in bench. Create a retaining wall and seating area in one with a built-in bench that swoops upward. As part of a larger patio, the built-in seating provides a quiet space to read or relax next to the outdoor dining area.

    lolalina
    Laura Gaskill added this to Spring Patio Fix-Ups: 9 Wonderful Ways With Built-in BenchesMay 9, 2013

    3. Make a statement with a big swoop. Have a steep hillside that's impossible to plant? Use it to your advantage by building in a unique curved bench.See the rest of this house

    becky
    Becky Harris added this to 21 Patios Ready to PartyMay 14, 2012

    "Ladies who enjoy lunch" party. Dappled shade and a relaxed atmosphere create the perfect setting for catching up with friends.

    amyrenea
    Amy Renea added this to How to Create an Outdoor NestDec 22, 2011

    If you have a large tree, you have an almost instant nest in your outside space. The line of most tree branches is an arcing curve — perfect to enclose a space as a ceiling. This tree creates an intimate setting for a dining area, gracefully providing shade and protection from above. The bench continues the line of the tree creating another place to rest. This space is also situated below grade, so it feels somewhat cave-like thanks to the surrounding berms of earth. I could spend hours in this nest!

    lilygahagan
    Lily Gahagan added this to 50 Great Designs for a Garden PartyJul 4, 2011

    A lightweight dining set has its upside too: It's easy to move around to get that right mix of shade and light as the sun travels across the sky. See more of this house.

    sheilaschmitz
    Sheila Schmitz added this to Houzz Tour: A Little Cottage Grows UpMar 5, 2011

    A plum tree shades the front gravel courtyard, featuring a swoopy ipé bench a landscape designer built as part of an earlier renovation.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    dplawner20
    dplawner20 added this to backyardJun 23, 2019

    If we could just put a an artistic Magestic tree and bench like this where the fountain is and skip a hot tub

    tgddesigns
    tgddesigns added this to 259 BRIDGE OVERVIEWJun 4, 2019

    LANDSCAPING. Wood seating at base of lowest retaining walls. Wood lightens up massive stone and practical.

    nukepicnic
    Kevin Bourque added this to 936 Patio IdeasApr 7, 2019

    this bench is interesting for the hill

    tgddesigns
    tgddesigns added this to 259 Bridge BackyardMar 1, 2019

    Bottom bench incorporated into retaining wall. Softer than a cement wall and bench.

    adrienne4899
    adrienne4899 added this to GardensFeb 19, 2019

    bench with sloped back to hide an ugly retaining wall

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