An aluminum-and-slate water feature masks the sound of city trafficPhotos by Edward Pond.

It was also important for the design to knit together the old and new parts of the house, and create a flow between indoors and out. So they consulted Lance Kaprielian, the architect of their renovation. ?He had always envisioned the house and garden as one space, so we knew he would have to be involved with the design of the garden,? says the homeowner. ?We looked at lots of formally structured modern gardens, but I wanted something undulating, and Lance kept using the word ?diaphanous.??

An aluminum-and-slate water feature masks the sound of city traffic.