Situated in the Oakland Hills, this hidden gem of a mid-century modern, Japanese-influenced home was surrounded by a long-neglected garden. Like the home, the garden had good bones, but needed some reimagining to optimize the family’s needs. For family meals, we built an outdoor kitchen with every amenity, as well as a kitchen garden. For sun bathing and hot tubbing, we built a deck surrounding a modular spa. For stargazing and storytelling on chilly Oakland nights, we built a seating area around a firepit. For quiet times, we retrofitted the beautiful deck that overhangs the creek. The entire area is stepped into the hillside, with meandering paths, that display the owner’s art collection and lush planting. Outdoor living at its best!