The artist-homeowner wanted two patios that he could use for pleine air painting. We re-located his AC unit and constructed a flagstone patio surrounded by a stone seat wall to the right of his front door. A berm of soil in front of the wall created more privacy for his work. New mostly native plantings provide privacy and four-season interest. A second gravel patio to the left of the front door has become a private contemplative space. The new front walkway now has a graceful curve and a generous, welcoming landing at the curb.