Del Mar - Modern Landscape
The challenge with this unique property was making the most of the available space, which included steep slopes and narrow bands of land around three sides of the house. Eco Minded Solutions created a series of outdoor “rooms” for various activities. One side of the yard features a ledge stone lap pool and raised spa with a small lounge area. Highlights of the outdoor dining space include a large BBQ island, a granite-topped bar that seats four, a slightly more formal dining table and a small lounge area with a custom water feature. A grassy play area with artificial turf was built in the third space, with casual seating at the edge.
Outdoor room with focal water wall. CB2 open weave black resin wicker chairs create a cozy seating area with colorful cushions and architectural side table. The Client loves to enjoy their morning coffee here while listening to the running sounds of water. Potted saucers planted with blue flame agave's frame the feature. The finished floor surface is a gray concrete with a top cast finish and modern score joints. The water feature is clad with natural ledge stone and has a single sheer descent and two copper...
Close up of water feature highlighting multi colored ledge-stone facade and copper water spigots. Concrete stepping pads floating in basin create interesting flow of water circulation and reflections. In the background is a fire pit retreat with build in western red cedar seat benches. Benches were designed with water proof cushion and pillow storage underneath.
Spa surround made of Western red cedar bench and stucco facade. This feature is a popular destination for Client and guests after dinner and drinks. Tucked in the corner of the property surrounded by papyrus grasses and ginger plants privatize the spa from neighbors and the street. Behind the custom spa is a built in bbq island clad with western red cedar wood and a modern ceramic tile.
Vantage point from back corner of property. In the foreground is the custom wood spa surround. In the mid-ground adjacent to the home is the outdoor dining area with furniture and umbrella from CB2. Across from the dining room is the fire pit lounge area framed by wood and stucco seat benches with a central fire feature. Behind the fire pit is the water wall and sitting area, which is the first thing you see when you walk into the home. In the back ground is the open play area for kids and family games.
Birds eye view of this comprehensive outdoor living space. Our project focus was on creating various defined outdoor rooms that were all interconnected. Low maintenance and low water use plant material was used throughout the back yard. Rich accents of wood was a perfect complement to the gray concrete and natural ledge-stone used on the fountain. Splashed of color were used for the decorative pillows and umbrellas.
This fire pit retreat is suitable for large parties or comfortable for a couple. It offers a large scale rectangular fire pit with built in seating made of western red cedar and stucco. The fire pit is filled with blue reflective fire glass. The seat benches have water proof storage for pillows and blankets. The finished floor surface is a rounded decorative pebble which helps soften the space.
This photo offers the expansive views of the person cooking on the grill. The simple and sleek BBQ island has a stucco interior finish and wood clad exterior and side facade. The counter top is finished with an inexpensive ceramic tile in various sizes. It's easy to keep an eye on all the excitement happening in the yard from this perspective.
This is the panoramic view from the Clients master balcony. The major goal of this project was to create an outdoor entertaining space that the family and friends could enjoy on a daily basis. The Client likes to refer to the space as there little Spa retreat. It offers all the amenities of a Spa in the convenience of their backyard.
With plenty of space to play in the sun or sit in the shade this yard has it all. It's a small space that captures large features. With natural materials and a repetitive plant palette this property maximizes its useable space and minimizes its maintenance. This is an ideal yard for any family large or small.