Carmel Valley IV / This new home in the Santa Lucia Preserve is set on a gently sloping woodland site framed by majestic oak trees. The planting design uses native and regionally adapted plants to visually tie into the woodland setting and soften the transition from built to native landscape. JLJA created a series of courtyard spaces at the entry, guest room, and master suite that connect interior and exterior spaces and frame intimate views into the landscape, inviting occupants to step outside. The main outdoor space, with furniture and a fire pit that welcome gatherings, features soft Mediterranean-style plantings and spills out onto a grassland clearing with a footpath extending into the property. Boulders perform a key function around the site, gradually finishing walls, tying walls to the ground plane, and, when used as smaller, intermediate retaining walls, reducing the overall appearance of wall heights.