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.
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.
Gentle mounds and boulder piles enhance the site's drainage and reduce the total planted area and water use. They also create wildlife habitats and collect runoff. A drainage “moat” was built to prevent runoff from collecting under the house.
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.
This welcoming Zen garden draws the eye by placing statues, stones and a prayer bell in a gracefully meandering path. Foliage, like the miniature Japanese maples, provide a backdrop for the focal points.
Native grasses and wildflowers were used throughout the landscape design of this home in Santa Barbara. The result is gardens that are low water, full of color and harmonious with their natural surroundings.
For an estate that recently went through a catastrophic fire, this unique pool provides a refreshing dip on hot summer days and is also designed to be used for back-up fire suppression if the municipal water supply were to fail.
The grounds of this Santa Barbara home were badly burned in the Tea Fire and needed to be redesigned. The new gardens incorporate outdoor living areas with walkways and colorful plants; the plan also reduced water usage and made the property's slopes more stable.
Varied sizes of smooth pebbles provide a finished, artistic element to the edges of the planting beds. Additionally, Margie spends extra time at the end of each project selecting plants, sculptures and pottery to tie the whole design together.