The big picture

The team at Tumber & Associates knew it would be a huge undertaking. The new, 6,000-square-foot European-style home sat high on an open corner lot, with no obstructions on any side. Yet the family craved privacy — and they got it.

Through creative use of plantings, elevations and strategically placed waterfeatures, as well as other elements such as a gazebo, fire pit, barbecue island and cabana with kitchen, the Canadian property was transformed into a secluded retreat.

The waterfeatures alone are impressive: a natural-looking waterway sporting 14 waterfalls and three koi ponds, running from one end of the property to the other; a reflecting pool; a small fiberglass pool; and a spa. And all on just a half-acre.