An informal natural stone pathway leads guest from the driveway to the back patio. A stream bed of river rock bordered by ornamental grasses runs along the patio and serves as a necessary drainage swale. At the far end of the patio sits the hot tub. A narrow pergola fitted with a wrought iron window stops the eye and frames a view. One barely notices the neighbors house in the distance. The “window” could be fitted with swag curtains of brightly colored outdoor fabric that could be closed if more privacy is desired.