This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
This contemporary outdoor space shines at night thanks to landscape lighting and a warm glow cast by the pool house. A dining table and chairs sit just a few steps to the left, allowing the owners and their friends to enjoy dinner al fresco.
This tiny alleyway didn't have much room for a garden. Designer Seth Boor made use of the space off of the bedroom by designing a custom succulent garden wall hanging. The garden wall adds an unexpected touch over a bed of asparagus fern.
Wanting to give their clients plenty of room for outdoor entertaining, the landscape architects also introduced a soft gray sectional by the pool. At night, guests can enjoy drinks and conversation around the sleek stone fire pit.
Contemporary Backyard Art Studio With Minimalist Landscaping
A concrete paver walkway with Mexican pebble joints leads from the main house to the backyard art studio. Pea gravel is used as a clean, budget-friendly mulch material, and plantings are kept to a minimal for an easy-to-maintain landscape.
Contemporary Patio Features Wood Paneled Enclosure
Ivy climbs the wood paneled enclosure on this contemporary patio. Simple outdoor chairs and a metal table create a casual dining spot with a grill nearby, while cushioned armchairs offer a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
The design concept for this inviting home was to combine rural farmhouse friendliness with contemporary materials and luxuries. A light exterior and lots of windows create an immediately welcoming atmosphere for guests and residents.