merge studio helped place the new buildings on this formerly bare lot. Infrastructure including a large water storage tank and septic mound were artfully incorporated into the landscape layout. New plantings include a no-mow lawn, vegetable beds, fruit trees, and dramatic bunch grasses. A native shrub understory was developed around preserved mature trees, and a long water feature separates the lawn from the ‘wilder’ landscape. The whole project meets stringent CalGreen certification standards.