This rural Walnut Creek property combines contemporary sensibilities with a regional traditional farmhouse feel. Various options for layout were explored before settling on a pool that was on-axis with the main house. A large underused Ipe’ deck was reduced in size to make way for the pool patio. A raised spa is accompanied by a gas fire pit and bench. On the side yard a concrete-framed bocce court was carefully set to a sloping grade with concrete and gravel steps and terraces. In the front yard, lawn was reduced and a regional feel was achieved by planting grasses and perennials amongst existing boxwood hedges.