I was called to this residence to find a couple in need of a new set of stairs down to the back yard. Their very narrow and steep wooden stairs were rotting away and had become something of a hazard. I saw there was an opportunity here to widen the side yard and make room for some small landings. With the stairs starting farther down the side yard there is room for a more relaxed pathway to the top. We chose Yaletown Basalt stair treads for the steps, and San Juan slate for the landings. The old landscape tie retaining walls were replaced with greenwalls planted with fern and bowles' periwinkle. The garden itself is planted with sword fern, red twig dogwood, and Eddie's White Wonder as a specimen tree.