Landscape Design: part two

This post captures the story of the muddy, ever-evolving landscape plan. Early on in the ADU build, I engaged friends and landscape designers, Melissa + Chris of LandLine Design to help me orient and design the lots surrounding the host home + ADU. As it goes with all carefully detailed planning, things changed. Thus we were presented with the new challenge of re-designing the landscape design.

Now that the chickens were incorporated into the ADU yard, we had to consider separation of spaces. Chickens must be allowed to roam but separately from a planting area. We needed to find a new place to grow veggies. The dog needed to be able to run outside without getting sidetracked into herding the chickens. I had decided that there needed to be a more expansive view from the large kitchen windows. I wanted rooms with views of green space. Less fence and more yard. Anna and I sat down and hashed-out a rough plan. 3 separate zones, each with its own gate + purposed use.


Zone 1: Long path and landscaping that leads up to the ADU. This is where the chickens live. Plant life will be lush, mostly NW natives. Want to mimic the lushness of a Japanese pathway.

Zone 2: Enclosed courtyard  only accessible from the ADU. Roll-up door in the ADU will extend this space into another outside room in the summer. Inspired by tiny, lush European courtyards.

Zone 3: Garden and planting area. Accessed by side gate + back door of ADU. Area for River to go outside. Views from Kitchen widows.

I invited Chris + Melissa to walk over the new ideas and help troubleshoot and give professional input…



It’s not gophers. Holes are dug for the fence posts.


I specified an extra tall fence of 7′ to lend more privacy and seclusion from the host home.


The 5′ offset on the North side of the ADU will now act as a side entry for the ADU backyard/planting area/dog run. A gate will keep the dog, River, from hassling the chickens. She will be able to let herself in/out through a dog door to access the yard at anytime.


Remember the plank pathway to the ADU? A Japanese inspired pathway of 1/4″ minus will lead up to the home and allow for excellent drainage.


Chris, Melissa, their darlings and myself compare the original landscape design to the new mock-up.


Years ago, I had hired Chris’ husband Todd to design this chicken coop. Look at how perfectly the angles of the coop + ADU align!


Ed dismantles the old chicken run. the larger chicken house will now belong to the host home as a garden shed. Wet tile saw in the foreground was being used for the kitchen backsplash.


Bill Paris is an excellent multi-tasker and one of the most skilled contractors I know.


Ed beginning to build the cedar fence that separates host home from ADU.


Hours later, I inspect Ed’s work. It is perfect.


Detail of cedar fence. Overlapping ends.


Fencing will extend as siding onto the entryway of the ADU.


Removable panels were designed in the fencing to accommodate moving furniture and tools into the ADU through the roll-up door.


Fencing at the exterior entryway extends into the interior entry.



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