August 23, 1992 |
The route from the street to Jim and Linda Ries' front door leads through a fragrant, tree-shaded court, where water music drowns traffic noise and vine-clad walls block out any evidence of neighbors. Once a typical lawn and driveway in Encino, this hidden garden is now ideal for private outdoor living. "It's given us an extra room," says Jim Ries, "a transition from the public realm to the house inside." A recessed bench invites repose between planters full of horsetail grass and cannas.