Lake Oswego, OR

Designed for a young couple with two children, this private garden south of Portland sits above Lake Oswego, connecting their house to the lake more than 75 feet below. A series of stairs and boardwalks connect the two and create a circuitous garden pathway that turns the vertical stair into a woodland walk with distinct experiences along the way. The upper garden creates new outdoor dining, cooking, and entertaining spaces. A hardwood seating wall creates a distinct edge to the patio, helping to knit the spaces together and leading visitors to the deck with its views of the lake below. As an avid gardener, the client asked for a wide variety of ornamental planting, a potting shed, and an experimental garden area.

Garden trails connect a home to the lake more than 75 feet below.