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element, and offer a sense of privacy from the street." To acheive this, McKinnon raised the original low roof over the stoop to brighten the space and added two brick columns to support a metal grate wall and new courtyard doors.

The small size of the entry court called for an understated fountain. McKinnon's design -- as much a minimalist sculpture as a fountain -- activates without overwhelming the space.

The owners' needs for the narrow rear yard -- low maintenance, minimal color accents, a pool, and a separate pet area -- informed McKinnon's design challenge. He divided the rear yard into two distinct areas, a people side and a pet side, separated by a low, unobtrusive fence.

As owners of several West Highland White terriers, Rex and Tod wanted an area that was large enough for the dogs to run and play. McKinnon combined landscaping with lawn area for the dogs to romp, and softened the impact of the fence with plantings. A doggie door from a utility area in the house allows the dogs to come and go as thy please.

On the people side, McKinnon chose to emphasize the linear qualilty of the yard by combining stone walks, gravel beds, and a lap pool. "I raised the pool above grade to lend a sculptural quality to it," he explains, "and placed a

The pergola (above) provides shade for the terriers and adds an interesting architectural element to the rear yard. Confederate jasmine trained on cable ornamanets the fence with green diamonds all year and gives an extended spring season of small fragrant white flowers. "The per area had to be aesthetically pleasing and complement the rest of the yard.\," says Rex Adams (left). The elegantly simply wire fence separates the two areas without overpowering the yard.

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