japanese Zen garden - "An essential factor in any Zen garden is the concept of "Yin and Yang". Buddhists view them as complimentary forces and any Zen garden always contains a Yin and Yang element, though it is crucial to achieve some sort of balance between the two. In any Zen garden landscape the most important natural elements are stones, sand, water and plants"
I'd want more space for Elason to play in the courtyard but I like the outdoor retreat feeling for her in the middle of the city. Nature (and open floor plan) is the main reason we want this house. -Beth