The clients built a new pool, spa, entertainment area, and guest house adjacent to the back of the house. The concrete and masonry were designed to complement the existing architecture of the home. At a higher level in the backyard, there is an existing oak tree surrounded by a tree well made from broken concrete. The challenge here was to find a way to blend the rustic charm of the existing “urbanite” with the more formal design of the pool area.
We designed all the walls, steps and pathways in the back yard with repurposed broken concrete (urbanite) and decomposed granite. In the smaller transition area to the pool and guest house, we poured concrete pavers and planted Dymondia ground cover in between. The concrete color matches the pool deck, which is solid concrete. The retaining wall in the transition area was designed to accommodate rows of succulents planted in the wall and in the step risers. This design softens the look of the retaining wall while adding visual interest.
The yard is planted with 75% California Native Plants, and we designed a seating area with a fountain and circular seat bench. The client wanted the fountain and the bench to look like it had been there for a long time, so we antiqued the concrete and masonry to make it look old.
The front yard is a mix of California Native plants with oaks, fruitless olive trees and a couple of existing palm trees. The native plants border a meadow of native Carex pansa grasses.