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The decision to redesign their property began with the desire for a backyard cottage. “The original thought was that it would become a guest room,” landscape architect Chris Kukula says. “But once it was under construction, I decided to claim it for our husband-and-wife design and construction business.”

Kukula and her husband, Pat Barry, didn’t stop with just adding a cottage. Today, the overall property is a demonstration garden of low-water habitat plants that are for the most part planted in different beds representing Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean and California. The couple also created distinct garden rooms defined by strong geometric forms and featuring stone, Kukula’s favorite material, with rusted me tal as an accent. “The garden is still a work in progress, which is fine with us,” she says. “It gives us something to look forward to.”

Before Photo

by Chris Kukula Landscape Architecture & Design

Chris Kukula Landscape Architecture & Design

Backyard at a Glance
Who lives here: Chris Kukula and Pat Barry, with their cat, Bobbi
Location: Piedmont, California
Yard size: 2,835 square feet (about 263 square meters)
Year house was built: 1925
Garden renovation timeline: Begun in 2003; cottage finished in 2007; most hardscaping finished in 2008; planting started in 2010

BEFORE: “We bought a derelict property and have expensive aesthetics,” Kukula says. They expanded the house from a two-bedroom, one-bath property to four bedrooms, three baths and a cottage. “We did much of the work ourselves, so it is taking some time, as we both work full-time.”

The garden renovation started in 2003 with the removal of more than 50 cubic yards of clay soil.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

AFTER: The couple reshaped the hill to create three outdoor garden rooms: a patio off the house, a gently sloped planting area and an upper yard where the cottage sits.

Traditional Shed by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford PhotographyBarry designed and built the 120-square-foot cottage, which sits at the top of the sloping backyard. While it’s now used as the couple’s office, it could someday be converted to a guest room.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Limestone steppingstones finish the curve from the sweeping limestone stairs to the entrance of the office. Sheet mulching, made up of cardboard and tree chips, is used to suppress weeds and improve the soil. “Worms love cardboard,” Kukula says.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

The cottage does not have indoor plumbing, but outside the structure are a sink and potting counter.

Traditional Home Office by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Inside the cottage, a desk, filing cabinets and custom Douglas fir flat files that match the office trim run along the longest wall.

Traditional Home Office by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

The Douglas fir wood used for the trim, ceiling and wainscoting was salvaged from construction jobs and from found and recycled materials. The space was designed to include more than one workstation.

Traditional Home Office by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Original art hangs on clipboards above Kukula’s desk.

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Margot Hartford Photography

The long work surfaces provide plenty of space for laying out landscape plans.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

This old iron bench is a treasure Barry found.

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Margot Hartford Photography

The rusted me tal slats on the seat made it unusable as a chair, so Kukula planted chamomile and Echeveria instead and turned it into an art piece.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

A decorative hummingbird is perched above a succulent pot filled with Aeonium canariensis,Aeonium ‘Kiwi’, golden sedum (Sedum nussbaumerianum),Echeveria fimbriata and pork and beans (Sedum rubrotinctum), which add color to the yard when winter rolls around. Much of the garden is designed to provide food for hummingbirds.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

A mix of succulents, primarily sedums, lines the creases between the treads and risers, adding interesting patterns and color to the journey to the upper garden. Here, Sedum‘Makinoi Ogon’ is planted above, while Sedum spurium ‘Red Carpet’ is below.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Two decrepit chairs being thrown out on a trash day found new life with a sandblast and powder-coat finish. “We call it treasure hunting,” Kukula says of their search for found items.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Kukula designed a custom stone lounge chair, built by master mason and friend Michael Lohan, that sits below a live oak tree in the California native garden. Bobbi the cat checks out a niche that was created for special ob jects.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

A small gravel path curves beside the office to separate the cottage’s South African low-water garden from a small vegetable bed.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Many of the edible plants are along the edges, making them easier to pick. Mandarin orange, lime and lemon trees, along with artichokes, strawberries, blueberries and native California huckleberries and currants, can be easily grabbed en route from house to office.

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

Kukula attributes her love of plants and the outdoors to her childhood. “Growing up near the Great Lakes in Northern Michigan, we were always outdoors playing,” Kukula says. “We didn’t have many toys, so I spent a lot of time observing, collecting and making art from bits of nature.”

Traditional Landscape by Margot Hartford Photography

Margot Hartford Photography

The fountain on the patio was selected for its resemblance to Italian urban plaza drinking fountains. Both Kukula and Barry studied in Italy, and the country’s architecture and urban design continues to influence the way they live, work and design.

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Margot Hartford Photography

Kukula, seen here with Barry, shares her passion for landscape and design with her husband, who practiced architecture for many years before becoming a general and finish contractor. Here they’re enjoying their yard and outdoor dining room.

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