Garage Conversion + Landscape
An urban garden + adjacent writer's studio replace an underused back yard in Portland's Laurelhurst neighborhood.
Inspired by Japanese precedents and our client's love of mossy Pacific Northwest landscapes, we conceived of a multi-purpose outdoor space that would look good in all seasons, with materials that weather well. A cast-in-place paving scheme designates zones for a barbecue grill, a cedar soaking tub, a fire pit, and dining area. A maple tree forms the focal point and will grow to shade the yard.
The studio concept came into being midway through construction: it was intended as a garage rebuild, but the owner decided he liked the building too much to sacrifice it for parking.