Sunken Terrace Stepping down into the × terrace that sits about 2 feet lower than the surrounding grade feels like entering a room. A low stone wall around this terrace also adds a sense of enclosure and offers extra seating.
Project completed in Hinsdale, Illinois. Work included two patio areas made of clay paving brick and natural flagstone, mortared sitting wall and piers for pergola and outdoor fireplace. I also like the decorative fence on the side.
An eight-foot antique Dalle de Bourgogne stone table hosts the outdoor buffet at this Los Angeles home. Peter Dunham designed the neoclassical iron furniture by the flames, but an enormous banquette branches out from the hearth too.