Cary Bernstein Architect Potrero ResidenceTransitional Landscape, San Francisco
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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.
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
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!