The unsightly, long and constrained yard was completely overgrown with an invasive weed, which had to be removed. The client wanted an outdoor space with minimal contemporary look that was relaxed, yet still had a simple sophistication. He also requested it to be a low maintenance yard, with flexibility for entertainment and quiet solitude. The resulting design introduced a refreshed garden, featuring an oval gravel area in the middle section of the yard in order to break up its linear box shape which in turn made the space look bigger. The large oval space doubles as a dining area for entertaining as well. Small stone patios at each end further balance the yard and tie the shed/garage to the house. The small patio spaces along with the oval sitting area created a series of rooms which further broke up the yard’s linearity. The use of gravel, river rock and minimal amount of stones, surrounded by plating kept costs down and allowed for good water infiltration.