California architect develops outdoor living room

05/18/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Architect Jeffrey Tohl has transformed his yard in Studio City, Calif., into an outdoor living room and multilevel garden. Tohl, however, had to work around a steep, sloped hillside so he installed a scoured concrete terrace just outside the home's top floor and a series of terraced gardens rise behind the 16-foot retaining wall. He also put in raised planters to keep his dog Maggie from digging around plant roots.

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