I did a lot of research for this before I designed and built it. i stayed as true to the philosophy of the tea house as possible. Natural materials, the concerns of physical life and world left outside, exposed building systems, calm and serene and it serves a s a sculptural focal point in the garden. I built the tea house and raised walkways plus tweaked the landscaping – there were some invasive species included and some that would not do well where they were planted. Where the raised walk is was originally planned as a gravel path – this being under deciduous trees meant that it would become fouled with organic matter, be a maintenance headache for a while then torn out and replaced. The raised walk just needs to be pressure washed every couple years plus it sets up the opportunity for focal points off the ends of the walkways and a place to stop and look at the plants in mid walkway. The zig zag nature of the paths make it so demons can’t follow (traditional design).