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Cascade Garden is a tranquil, high-altitude residential property, designed to preserve the area's natural setting and ecosystem while meeting the property owner's requests for outdoor amenities. The project involved dismantling an existing house and siting a new home integrated into the landscape with minimal site disturbance. The site features an existing pond, which was planted with riparian vegetation and modified to support trout habitat and supply water for landscape irrigation. Because of the harsh, high-altitude climate and presence of wildlife, plant species were carefully selected to ensure high growth levels and low maintenance. Most of the traditional lawn was replaced with native plants, which conserve water and reduce fertilizer consumption. The home also employs renewable energy through a ground-source heat pump that is used to operate outdoor site features. The design creates a serene environment that complements its surroundings and provides the relaxing outdoor spaces the homeowners sought.