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Project 3: A crowded corner lot
This European-style stone house was openly exposed on a corner lot, but needed to entertain many people at once in what felt like a northern cottage setting. By relying heavily on extensive grade modulations with coniferous trees and native plant materials, in combination with natural stone and wrought iron fencing and several structures, even adjacent neighbours have no visual access to any part of the backyard.
An extensive remote-controlled water feature, with several rivers and waterfalls, sets the mood as the guests are entertained in the cabana or gazebo, or served homemade pizza from the underground wood-fired oven, located in a grotto with a sheer water cascade or the adjacent café area. By creating several destinations, even this small property feels as though you're miles away from civilization.