An Entry Garden with a difference

bahia(SF Bay Area)April 13, 2011

So many California homes are often more driveway than garden when faced with relatively narrow lots, and the garden often is an afterthought. This home had the additional need to fit in a full floor of stairs within a very shallow front yard set back. The design uses a zig-zag alignment for the stairs that uses a playful layout of walls and railings and built-in planters to make the most of the relatively limited planting areas. People seem to either love it or be annoyed by the configuration, what is your opinion? My opinion is that it's visually more pleasing than a single straight run of stairs out to the street.

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I love it. The entrance at the corner of the house prevents the house from appearing flat to the street. Making the stairway also in angles with space left for plantings to soften the sharp corners, was inspired. Al

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 8:27AM
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loribee2(CA 9)

I love it. It's also easier to climb stairs that turn than a straight run up. (I've had homes with both types of stairs and can attest). It's a little shocking to me that someone wouldn't like it, but go figure. To me it's gorgeous!

Here is a link that might be useful: loribees garden blog

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 9:34AM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Love it! I also love the house color -- I've been predicting that more people will follow the trend of indoor paint colors and begin painting the outside of their homes in more interesting colors.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 9:34AM
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I agree too that it's more visually pleasing to have a zigzag staircase than a straight one. In addition, depepnding on whether you believe in it or not, zig zag stairs are favored by Feng Shui :-)

The only time I'd expect people to get annoyed by it is when they actually haul some heavy item like a refrigerator up those zig zag steps.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 12:35PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

There is also an internal staircase with just one turn inside the garage, and the owners probably use that more so than the front stairs for lugging groceries, moving furniture, etc. If this were the only access to the house, it would be a nightmare at moving time...

Here's another shot of the backyard, which I have previously posted:

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 1:36PM
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Actually, even though it is difficult to carry items etc. I would still prefer a zigzag over straight stairecase. How often do you move heavy stuff up/down? But you see a straight staircase, acting like a disproportionate eyesore *every day* *every time* you look at it, in a house.

But as you mention, this is one of those polarizing things :-)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 7:58PM
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One of those "Welcome To My Garage Door" houses. You made it better.

Here is a link that might be useful: clickable link

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 3:13PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

We have a new straight staircase..... gosh I hope people don't see it as a disproportionate eyesore every day. :-((((((( We used to have a Welcome to My Garage Door house, but the staircase leading straight to the front door brought the door (visually) much further forward.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 3:21PM
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