This Oakland backyard was overgrown with 5’ tall grasses, it had an uneven concrete slab with a giant shed, brick edging and poorly located concrete retaining walls. After finalizing the design, a two-weeklong demolition took place. Unnecessary debris was removed and the property was terraced to provide defined areas of entertaining and play for the adults, children, and pets. The transformation from an unusable backyard to a functioning landscape was highlighted by an entertainment patio, redwood arbor, medicinal herbs, fruit trees, and a curvilinear shaped lawn. After the house remodel, we continued to unify the landscape with a new backdoor landing, moss rock retaining walls, and a flagstone pathway planted with shade tolerant ground covers.