Instead of stairs, a three-level deck
How to Build a Fabulous Floating Deck • Ideas, tips and tutorials!
for our current yard, when we finally do it! this is perfect, low deck, no railing, just add a pergola somewhere...
Love this for a deck, privacy and built in seating without totally blocking out the view.
Herb garden at front idea Google Image Result for http://img.archiexpo.com/images_ae/photo-m2/solid-hardwood-deck-boards-ipe-70217-2153769.jpg
Wooden Decking - Lay it Down: A Guide to Landscaping Surfaces on HGTV
It's all in the details. And the lighting... good lighting always wins.