This Orinda property offers spectacular views, plenty of level garden space – a novelty in this hilly community – and a house that features seamless living between the indoors and outdoors. The landscape design capitalizes on these attributes with a layout that is at once generous, respectful to the architecture and views, and simple without compromising on details and imagination. Breathtaking views from the family room and living room to the distant hills are underscored by a glimpse of the sky mirrored in the pool just outside and are gently framed by low-lying plantings. As day shifts to evening, a new view emerges as the flames of a fire pit dance over the valley below. This garden creates a peaceful, inviting space that incorporates a complex program while feeling graceful and effortless.