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GOALS: More entertaining space for a pizza oven and BBQ, keep steep rockery stable, use clients art collections, make it beautiful--and a little 'bohemian'.

The clients love to entertain groups but had virtually no space for guests. The narrow (15’ from house to slope) front area slopped off quickly. They love cooking and entertaining and wanted an outdoor area to include a pizza oven, a BBQ, & seating for 8+. She is an avid collector and has an extensive collection of outdoor glass art and special ceramic figurines from her hometown. It was requested that these items be worked into the design along with colorful plantings and a vegetable garden, Between the home and the neighbor’s home is a 10’ shady area they wanted for quiet seating. The lot is small and narrow with a cliff in the front--what a challenge!

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Bright glass balls welcome you at the top of the entry stairway. Andrew Holmberg's art glass.

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Pavers mesh with the decking for a smooth, generous outdoor 'floor which allows for multiple furniture arrangements. Glass art by Andrew Holmberg of Portland. Tree at left is a dwarf Styrax 'Frosted Emerald'.

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Newly built, cantilevered ipe deck with built-in seating will be finished with bright pillows for comfortable seating. Firetable/coffee table will anchor the ipe decking. Pavers mesh with the decking for a smooth, generous outdoor 'floor'. Glass art by Andrew Holmberg of Portland.

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Newly finished, cantilevered ipe deck with built-in seating will be furnished with bright pillows for comfortable entertaining, small coffee tables, and a firetable for chilly evenings. Pavers mesh smoothly with the decking for a generous outdoor 'floor'. Pavers and cantilevered deck are flush to give maximum options for furniture arranging. The two rectangular tables can be arranged as a large square or placed end to end for one long unit giving options for entertaining. Three strings of overhead lights provide a 'starry' ceiling for this area that easily holds 30 guests. Deck by Ryan Parshall, Cedarcraft Construction,

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U-shaped built-in seating on a cantilevered ipe deck extends to the old maple tree from which overhead lights are suspended.

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Pizza oven

Deck by Ryan Parshall--cedarcraftconstruction@gmail.com

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Pavers mesh smoothly with the decking for a generous outdoor 'floor'. Pavers and cantilevered deck are flush to give maximum options for furniture arranging. The two rectangular tables can be arranged as a large square or placed end to end for one long unit giving options for entertaining. Three strings of overhead lights provide a 'starry' ceiling for this area that easily holds 30 guests. Deck by Ryan Parshall--cedarcraftconstruction@gmail.com

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A shady sideyard is paved with reused stone and gravel. Generous pots, the client's collection of whimsical ceramic frogs, and a birdbath add interest and form to the narrow area. Beginning groundcovers will fill in densely. The pathway is shared with neighbor. A variety of textured and colorful shady plants fill the area for beauty and interest all year.

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Shady plants shine with many colors and a variety of textures and sizes. 'Quiet' ceramic pots add form, interest, and height.

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This narrow, just planted, vegetable garden is separated from the entertaining patio by these tall green structures which double as trellises for vegetable vines and clematis. Colorful herb pots adds interest to the area.

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Part of the narrow vegetable garden and new pathway with custom metal trellis for vegetable vines and safety screening of the basement stairs. Newly planted.

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Custom vegetable trellis and stairway screen by Bent Productions--Shannon Buckner, blacksmith. Vegetable garden in a tight, side-garden/pathway. Now lovely all year.

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The new metal handrail flanks the steep slope and entry stairs. 3 dwarf Stewartia 'Frosted Emerald' trees give height and help hold the steep, original rockery--a major goal. Plants are a mix of drought tolerant grasses, shrubs, succulents, conifers, lavenders, and ferns. Inviting all year long. Railing by Ballard Ornamental Ironworks, www.ballardiron.com

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Clustered art glass by Andrew Holmberg of Portland adds a colorful punch to the entry planting bed and his glass balls at the base tie all together. Refreshingly , original display.

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Curved entry patio with colorful art glass and evergreen, variegated plants.
Full sun. 3 dwarf Styrax 'Emerald Frost' trees give filtered privacy from street below. Glass by Andrew Holmberg-Portland artist.