Drainage Issue Artfully Solved 3 photos

The homeowner's contemporary home had one big problem: Water leaked regularly into the basement. The design not only resolved the problem, it created a much more beautiful space and view.

DURING: Drainage Issue Artfully Solved

A deep and natural-looking swale was designed to run parallel with the house. Pipe from the downspout was hidden under the gravel trench and boulders were placed to suggest a stream.

Photo: Cathy Carr

Drainage Issue Beautifully Solved

The same area, after, shown. A bridge made of Ipe crosses the stream.

Photo: Cathy Carr

Drainage Issue Beautifully Solved

Design and Photo: Cathy Carr. APLD

Ducks were provided by the homeowner.