Seattle, WA

Private Residence


In south Seattle, a tiny backyard garden needed a makeover to add usability and create a sitting area for entertaining. Raised garden beds for edible plants provide the transition between the existing deck and new patio below, eliminating the need for a railing.

A firepit provides the focal point for the new patio. Angles create drama and direct flow to the steel stairs and gate.


“Mark was great to collaborate with during our yard renovation project. We had an initial idea of what we wanted in terms of design elements and layout, and he was able to listen to our needs and design a plan that worked with our space. This was our first time to work with a landscape architect, and the process was smooth and professional.

“We challenged Mark to think outside the box and create something that reflected our style, maximizing usable space and building on some of the existing elements. The plans we received were detailed and easy for our contractor and fabricators to use, and when we needed to make changes along the way Mark was quick to respond with alternative suggestions.

“Being new to the Pacific Northwest, we relied on Mark to provide planting suggestions that would work well in our new climate; we followed his detailed guide which featured native and edible plants appropriate for the smaller space. We enjoyed being part of the design process along the way. With his services, our urban yard was transformed from a basic patio to an outdoor living, entertaining, and garden space that has become the center of social gatherings.”