Garden Thresholds

 

Transitional spaces such as passing through a gate or arch, when designed in a welcoming manner, can have a powerful effect on our psyche. Both passages, entries and exits, can be made to feel extra special despite the short span of time required for us to pass through them. Elements of wonder, delight and surprise can be utilized to increase our enjoyment of these transitional spaces making us feel transported to another time and place.

 

 
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Same arched entrance

Several years later!

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Double Threshold Side Yard Entry. There are two thresholds located at this gated entrance. The wood lattice gate serves as the first threshold which has been complimented with a flagstone path, succulent plantings to the left and an elegant concealed trash bin enclosure to the right. Immediately beyond the trash enclosure is a cedar bench and table giving the homeowner a place of rest and reflection. The metal arch creates a second transition through the space as visitors enter the back yard patio containing two seating areas.

Double Threshold Side Yard Entry. There are two thresholds located at this gated entrance. The wood lattice gate serves as the first threshold which has been complimented with a flagstone path, succulent plantings to the left and an elegant concealed trash bin enclosure to the right. Immediately beyond the trash enclosure is a cedar bench and table giving the homeowner a place of rest and reflection. The metal arch creates a second transition through the space as visitors enter the back yard patio containing two seating areas.