First-place winner of the 1996 California Landscape Contractors Association statewide award for residential renovation, this Layfayette residence features streams of handset Mexican pebbles flowing through the patios and around the new swimming pool. Landscape architect Chuck McCulloch called for patios that were created from multi-level river wash stones which Dan Fix set on concrete bases so they would remain in place solidly. Large river-washed boulders stand as silent sentinals in the perennial borders arching around green lawns. The footpaths curve around young trees and red-foliage shrubs which create a sense of changing seasons. The paths are made of more river-washed stones stablized in dark constrasting decomposed granite. The slide-show below shows the masonry and landscaping work in progress.