This turn of the century home on West Newton Hill sits in the middle of a three-quarters of an acre lot. The ample front lawn is bisected by a wide, curving bluestone walk leading to the front steps and porch. Varied heights of plantings accent the beautiful stone facade. The rear yard provided several challenges. The clients were desirous of a large lawn for soccer and active play for their four children. In order to fit an adequately sized terrace for entertaining within the long narrow yard, the terrace was pushed towards the driveway with a large stone wall constructed off the side of the house to provide privacy from the street. The terrace was raised several steps above the lawn to lessen the number of steps down from the kitchen. Stone seat walls around the terrace contain a raised bed filled with peonies, roses, perennials, clematis and a Stewartia tree which provides summer flowers and beautiful bark in winter. A curved arbor, covered with pink 'New Dawn' roses welcomes you from the driveway. A fountain built into the large stone screening wall provides ambient noise. The new raised terrace creates a great spot for an outdoor dinner party while the children play on the lawn below.