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.
This contemporary pre-fab home and studio were built on a flat city lot. The landscaping was inspired by the clean, simple lines of calligraphic Asian painting and aimed to incorporate light, movement, lots of pretty views and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors.
The landscape design for this contemporary home strived to tie the house to the grounds while seamlessly blending the architecture with the neighborhood's venerable historical homes, some dating back to the late 1800’s.
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.
A paver walkway leading to the pool is flanked by low water shrubs and mulch. Lounge seating beside the pool feature modern umbrellas for shade, and a long frosted glass wall ensures there's privacy from the neighbors.