Concrete steps create a break in the stone retaining wall that separates the upper and lower backyard tiers. These steps provide access to the upper tier, creating an organized flow in the backyard, and frame the waterfall that adds a peaceful ambiance to the space.
To squeeze every last square inch out your cupboards — and still be able to easily access what’s in back — install a tiered shelf, like this bamboo option from The Container Store that expands to fit the width.
This spacious open plan kitchen features traditional white cabinetry paired with a double-tiered breakfast bar and brown wicker stools. Hand-hewn walnut floors lead the way to the nearby dining room, while the other side of the kitchen provides access to a sweeping staircase and the second floor of the home.
Keep your arts and crafts supplies within arm’s reach and neatly displayed by arranging them on a tiered cake stand. Dedicate the lower stand to glass jars for housing buttons, tacks and other embellishments which get lost easily. Keep spools of ribbon or thread in the center and then use the top tier for things you’ll need easy access to such as pens and paints.
A two-tiered island features a cooktop with a ceiling-mounted vent hood above. Sculptural seating allows guests to sit and converse with the cook. Rich stained cabinetry and granite countertops create a harmonious palette with the neutral flooring and walls. Meanwhile, a long window provides access to the natural view.