The glass fence creates soft screening between the front yard, pool, house and the public sidewalk. It also provides shelter from the salt-laden wind for the veggie beds and a couple of small fruit trees. Salvaged grape stake fencing keeps dogs out of the veggie beds, without discouraging a neighborly chat or exchange of produce.
The ocean bluff side of the house is a narrow strip designed and installed with strictly low impact uses. A cantilevered deck, native plants, dry-laid pavers and a bocce court bring the living outside. On a clear day, the homeowners watch pelicans fishing, hang gliders drifting by at eye level and surfers in the white water from their breakfast table.
To maximize the views from inside the house, the majority of the outdoor living space was placed on the street-side front yard. A pool was a must for the clients. The existing 60-year old Dragon Tree on site was carefully protected throughout construction and formed the inspiration around which the house and garden were designed. The tree shaped the garden and planting palette, while providing the depth and age a new home may lack.
This minimal open-floor plan home required a garden that reflected the owners’ love of simple clean lines, open views and a feeling of space. The hardscape was designed with a conservative use of materials to create the illusion of space with the planting used in a more architectural way to mimic the interior of the house.
Woven armchairs overlook the sleek swimming pool, which is surrounded by a streamlined patio. Contemporary lounge chairs and oversized armchairs provide the perfect spots to relax, while a funky sculpture adds a touch of color to the space.