After artistically remodeling his charming mid-century bungalow, this client was ready to transform his yard from the impractical tiny brick patio and field of weeds into a colorful, contemporary series of outdoor entertaining spaces and lush plantings.
We started by enlarging the patio with colorful new stucco walls and stonework. Then we wrapped the walls with built-in and cantilevered benches, adding plenty of extra seating. An outdoor fireplace now provides a focal point that anchors the patio corner. For added drama, and the soothing sound of falling water, we installed a stacked-stone wall fountain. Finally, the brick flooring was replaced with brightly patterned ‘Three Rivers’ flagstone. It’s now the perfect area to show off our client’s eclectic mid-century flea market gems.
Next to the patio, accessible but just out of view, we tucked in a small herb-and-vegetable garden of rosemary, lemon grass and thyme, plus a few seasonal greens and veggies for fresh produce just steps from the kitchen and BBQ.
The large, gentle hillside above the patio was made accessible by a path of landscape-tie steps, surrounded by an eclectic mix of colorful succulents, perennials and grasses. The path leads to a terrace that overlooks Silver Lake Reservoir, where we added oversized tropical plantings, including elephant ears, tropical salvias, bananas, and scented geraniums.
On the upper terraces, we edited, pruned and mulched a variety of existing mature fruit trees to encourage the health of the trees and create shady retreats. It’s become the perfect vantage point to nibble a fresh fig, lie in the hammock and eavesdrop on the cocktail party below.