This hillside held striking views and amazing potential. Our responsibility was to respect the natural beauty while creating an inviting, livable space. We conceived this infinity edge pool, spa, patios, walls, trellis and gardens to make it work.
Originally this steep rear yard offered only a 10' wide deck just outside the kitchen, enlarge photo to view it in upper right corner. Our careful layout with extensive terracing provides multiple outdoor rooms with an infinity edge pool, patios, planters, BBQ, fireplace and play areas comfortably nestled into the hillside.
This front yard was dominated by a driveway with excess paving. We sculpted it back to greatly increase the gardens while retaining a serviceable size and shape. A heavy, craftsman style trellis with extensive custom iron work softens the wall on the left and delineates the entryway.
An unrealized hillside becomes an elegant entry garden. The curving stairway descends from the new upper parking area around the waterfall and pond (on right) to the front door. Note the center pine tree on left side of photos for reference.
This contemporary residence lacked a gracious front entry and had an awkwardly proportioned front porch. We gave the porch new post details and finishes and brought the steps further out into the garden, away from the garage. Generous stone steps and terracing create a welcoming entrance through the garden.
This ranch house had an entry crowded into a dark corner. We gave the house a new entry porch that welcomes visitors with a walk through a lovely garden. Stone details in the garden connect it to the architecture of the house.
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