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…