Zigging and Zagging
So many California homes are often more driveway than garden when faced with relatively narrow lots, and the garden often is treated as 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? Mine holds that it's visually more pleasing than a single straight run of stairs out to the street, as the owner/builder originally intended when he drew up the plans. One of the reasons that this house is so tall, is that a ground floor mother-in-law unit was placed for extended family use or as an office.