Christopher Yates

Working on the small backyard of a Victorian town house in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, landscape architect Christopher Yates created a minimalist space complete with a dining area and built-in barbecue. The custom COR-TEN-steel barbecue shelf was mounted on a concrete wall, beside an herb planter and above an ipe-wood deck. A small amount of color added to the paving gives the space a slightly warmer tone, and low-maintenance, drought-tolerant succulents, grasses and restios surround the dining area.