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INSPIRATION IS DRAWN FROM LOCAL MATERIALS AND HISTORIC DESIGNS IN THE CREATION OF A DROUGHT TOLERANT AND COMMUNAL BACK YARD FOR A 100 YEAR OLD PASADENA BUNGALOW

This was a landscape design created for a craftsman-style bungalow built around 1905. The owner at the time had two dogs that liked to run around the yard, yet he was really interested in getting rid of his high maintenance grass. The solution was to create a decomposed granite path that the dogs could chase each other on.

  • A view through a bank of French doors.Fire pit with San Gabriel River Rock
    and concrete benches.
  • A Chinese writing desk and an antique cabinet and vase with contemporary sofa.Fire pit with San Gabriel River Rock
    and concrete benches.
  • The master bedroom facing otwards the bed.From inside the garden looking back towards the house and fire pit with seating area.
  • The master bedroom facing towards the sofa.Uplighting the Sycamore trees
    from the central planter.

We also designed and installed a fire pit with surrounding concrete benches, inspired by the outdoor seating area at the Lummis House in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Part of the key to the design was making sure that the concrete and brick work did not look too new. For this reason we used bricks that were on site as well as slightly longer additional bricks that were similar in color and texture. This helped create a little natural variation in the pattern of the bricks. The bricks were not laid in mortar, but rather, sand set. We tinted the concrete to affect the warmer colors of an aged concrete and created a more gritty finish to the bench tops. Thus the new concrete installation appeared to have been there for some time.

The sycamores in the middle of the central planter will eventually be trimmed in a way that promotes more horizontal growth. Over time the trees should have an umbrella effect over the yard, making it a wonderful shaded sanctuary in the middle of the summer.