Contemporary MasterpieceHow do you marry a windy, steeply sloped site to a modern version of the straight-lined, minimalist detail of the Arts and Crafts style? With plenty of vision and a lot of know-how.

With retaining walls made of poured architectural concrete, staggered them and set them back from the property line to avoid an overwhelming street presence. Some of these walls were sculpted into additional seating areas, and a patio of granite in a random ashlar pattern was built by the main door. Recessed halogen lighting illuminates the steps and selected areas of the garden at night.

And resilient plantings were chosen to cope with the wind. Perennial stonecrops and shrubs such as California lilac and rock rose anchor the base of the garden while small trees create privacy. Blooms in shades of blue, purple and rose complement the blue-black cedar shingles and zinc planters. By balancing the clean lines of the home’s architecture with a mix of plants that offer year-round textural interest, the designer has created a unique, contemporary Arts and Crafts sanctuary.