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There is a smooth and seamless transition from the living room out to the patio and pool area. The design of the landscape focuses on blurring boundaries between exterior and interior spaces. Notice how the ceiling of the living room cantilevers out and transitions to the overhang for the patio. The raised lap pool occupies an entire side of the patio, redefining the landscape's relationship with the water and to the coast. The constant interplay of materials and obscured edges is a great way to take full advantage of a small exterior space. There is an inherent continuity between all areas both visually and spacially.
For privacy, Cantwell planted a row of Slender Weavers Bamboo alongside the pool. Its lithe silhouette and feathery foliage complement and soften the minimal geometry of the pool and surrounding structures.
Cantwell didn't just move a living room outside, he also carried materials from the home's interior out into the landscape. Italian sandstone paved the patio as well as the interior. The stone was simply sandblasted, instead of polished, to stand up to the harsher exterior conditions.
The loose organization of the plants creates a stunning effect. The fluid movement of the grasses paired with the compact rigidity of the agave and yucca play against each other’s characteristics to create visual harmony. Simple backdrops of hedges allow the more ornamental varieties to advance to the foreground.
One of the most stunning features of this site is the expansive flat lawn area alongside the water. Speaking as someone who grew up near the beach, I can say that there is nothing better than feeling the clean, coarse texture of lawn in between your toes after getting out of the water.
The entire area beside the water was graded in order to accommodate the grass as a special request made by the owners. With the rest of the terrain primarily vertical, this area was designed with the intention that parties, games and other social events could take place here.
Photography by Peter Brennan.
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