Planting is sparse, but impactful in this California front yard. Landscape designers paid close attention to the shape and scale of plants and gave them a clean, neutral backdrop of gravel and concrete walls.
A tiered concrete wall works overtime in this backyard, accentuating the home's sleek lines and showcasing a modern fountain. As guests eat dinner or exchange stories by the fire, they'll enjoy the soothing sounds of water.
The benches were constructed on custom metal frames that lift for easy cleaning and maintenance. The wood breaks up the concrete and provides a comfortable place to rest, while the feather reed grass adds a natural touch.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
The garden is 22 feet below street level and looked like a massive bunker because of cement walls. The designers did not cover or paint the cement walls and added polished concrete planters to refine the outdoor space. Semi-evergreen bamboo and English Ivy cover some of the space.
This 1950s home in San Luis Obispo, California needed a full landscape renovation. Now, low-maintenance plants, gravel and unique touches like offset concrete walls make it feel fresh and thoroughly contemporary.
On the lower level of this modern Dallas home sit guest quarters with two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. The concrete brick walls in this bedroom echo the aesthetic of home's exterior, drawing a link from the indoors to the outdoors.