Designer Matt Olson meets homeowners Dave and Amy Keyes. They have a small urban backyard and want to make the most of their limited space. What's more, the couple have two dogs, so their new yard needs to be both dog- and human-friendly. Olson rises to meet the challenge.
The dying evergreens have been removed to gain more space. The patchy lawn has been replaced with a dog-friendly cypress mulch.
This grilling area replaces the old, unattractive garbage bin. A nearby planter holds herbs for use in cooking, while a mural serves as the backdrop.
This plain garage and driveway take up a sizable portion of the property.
Expanding their usable space, part of the driveway has been transformed into a patio. Mobile planters make this area transitional at a moment's notice.
Now a focal point for the garden, this arbor served as the Jewish wedding canopy that stood over the couple during their ceremony.
A small fence was built and treated with hot sauce to deter the dogs from tramping through the bed. Flagstone from the old patio has been recycled and used to create a new pathway through the garden.
glacial boulders - Hedberg Aggregate
western red cedar - The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association