The primary challenge for the site was the aggressive slope, encompassing a 5-meter grade change from the front of the property to the back. Design for grading and retention was a mayor aspect of this project, and not only in terms of aesthetic and function, but also engineering considerations. Grading was one of the most important aspects and the biggest challenge for this landscape. The design of the landscape included the soft and hardscape elements to integrate in a harmonious way. Because of the significant amount of hardscape elements, including the swimming pool, pathways and stairs, driveway, and retaining walls, the details were critically considered. This included not only the important functional and aesthetic layout of these elements, but also the small details of the ‘paperface’ finish on concrete elevations, lighting and fixture selection, the 10mm chamfer edges, the location and spacing of the ‘tie-back’ holes as well as the linear reveals.