Juan Devis, right, and housekeeper Delmy Morales play soccer with Simon while Eva sits on a swing. The family turned to artist Laura Cooper for help creating a landscape that not only melded with the house but also was "wild and chaotic, yet soft and romantic," Purdy said. To help connect the upper and lower levels of the gardens, Cooper designed an 8-foot-wide staircase that helps to shape what they call an amphitheater. "Stairs are social spaces if you make them wide enough," Cooper said. The concrete patio rounds and the concrete wall in the foreground were made from the home's old patio.
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