Ideas That Matter

A Spanish Bungalow's Sophisticated Garden

Lisa Gimmy
A Spanish Bungalow's Sophisticated Garden

It’s All in the Details 
Published by Les Sechler, ASLA

Landscape architects and artists alike know that attention to detail is the difference between transforming something ordinary into something of great interest and beauty. In re-defining the garden of this 1926 Spanish bungalow in Atwater Village we sought to create a sophisticated landscape while providing a gracious entry, an outdoor entertainment area with pool/spa, and play space for our client’s children. This meant paying careful attention to detail.

We wanted the entry courtyard to function as more than just circulation space between the sidewalk and the front door. We transformed the existing front yard’s lawn and foundation plantings into an intimate courtyard defined by a low wall and four strategically positioned olive trees.

The sequence of design details begins with meticulous board-formed concrete steps rising to a set of custom steel gates that announce the space. A laser-cut Moorish star pattern repeats in each gate and echoes the interior shape of the courtyard fountain. The house number is also laser-cut into the adjacent steel mailbox.

The board-formed concrete is then repeated on the steps to the front door. On either side of the entry two old washbasins—discovered by the owner—were repurposed as planters, each showcasing dramatic Velvet Elephant Ear (Kalanchoe beharensis) succulents. Note the coordinated coloration of the planters and the succulents—it’s this attention to detail that adds interest and makes the courtyard a unique and special extension of the home.

Rather than using traditional terra cotta tile, we paved the patio with a custom-designed pattern of natural cleft, full-color bluestone pavers reflecting the gray-green/blue color palette of the entire project. This also enhances the green clay tile used on the roof.For the fountain, instead of a traditional plaster finish, we opted to use the exposed board-formed concrete. The juxtaposition of this contemporary/industrial material with the fountain’s star-shaped Moroccan-motif creates drama and provides an exciting focal point for the space. Ann Sacks custom tile was used in both the front fountain and the pool/spa in the back.

The material palette continues into the rear garden. Because the small lot required creative solutions to the challenges of limited space, the pool also serves as a combination spa and formal fountain. A shallow bench provides room for the children to play and the spa itself can be fired up and fully heated within 30 minutes.

The raised wall, clad in custom tile defines the dining/pool area. Water gently cascades from three water spouts offering tranquility. To complement the gray green palette of the front we added bright green citrus trees and olive trees.

Salvador Delgado provided the ironwork on the gates and mailbox and Darin Marten constructed the water features and did the tile and stone work.

LINKS

http://www.lglalandscape.com/residential-landscape-architecture/spanish-bungalow

www.lglalandscape.com

 

Writer and Media Management Consultant Taylor Van Arsdale provided research and contributed to this article.

Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture

Helms Bakery Building
8800 Venice Blvd., Suite 216
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Phone: (310) 202-8320
Fax: (310) 202-8350

info@lglalandscape.com

Creating landscapes for California living

 


 

 

 

 

Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture is a professional consulting firm offering master planning, site planning, and landscape design. Since its founding in 1992, LGLA has designed landscapes for schools, campuses, boutique hotels, buildings, public parks, estates, and private residences. At LGLA each project is viewed as an opportunity to explore a series of relationships: between the site and the region, architecture and landscape, and most importantly, between the landscape and the people who will use and enjoy it.
RSS

Recent Posts


Archive


    Categories


    Tags

    Heineman and Heineman Elrod House Lisa Boone Grand Eclair garden color Lawrence Halprin MoMA, Museum of Modern Art Herzog and de Meuron granite George Hargreaves exhibition design Grand Hope Park Paulette Singley California Preservation Foundation Courtney Coffman Landscape Sequence Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture LIght/Breeze House Thomas D. Church Craig Elwood interiors Florence Knoll multidisciplinary designer Allegra Fuller Snyder Kun II mid century landscapes graphic design Andre Le Notre landscape architecture in los angeles Eugene Kinn Choy, Garden Dialogues, The Cultural Landscape Foundation Ira Keller Fountain Kengo Kuma Adolf Loos Ray Eames Ruth Adler Schnee Koffka/Phakos Design Julius Shulman FIDM Landscape as Catalyst garden design Virginia Robinson tablescape Rose N' Palm furniture TCLF Peter Walker Frank Gehry Open Days Ralph Cornell, Malcolm Leland, Howard Troller, UCLA, Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden Los Angeles Central Library Photography by Marion Brenner Opera on the Great Lawn Wells Fargo Plaza Dominus Winery Artecho Mission Revival Marin Bolinas Max Palevsky House Don Chadwick Pasadena Craftsman pool landscaping fabrics Hafley House Maguire Gardens Garden of Sculpture Stinson Beach 9-11 Memorial Grace Miller House Queer Eye for the Straight Guy John Lautner Albert Frey Desert Courtyard House EPT Design tropical planting TheBlack Desert House Wendell Burnette Transforming Small Spaces, Intimate Courtyards, Custom Steel Gates, Velvet Elephant Ear, Kalanchoe Beharensis, Bluestone Pavers, Bourget Brothers, Moroccan Motif Virginia Robinson Gardens Garden Dialogues Hindry House Kaufman House Lovelace Pool Annie Chu Lina Loos rock Loewy House mid century architecture garden restoration Howard Rosen Barbara Lamprecht Craftsman Native Mow Free Bunker Hill Steps Martin Garden Richard Neutra Garden Conservancy Friends of Robinson Gardens Kitchen for Exploring Foods Japanese gardens Edris House Nasher Sculpture Garden Deborah Sussman California natives Villa Pisani Italy Darin Marten Landscaping Vaux le Vicomte Isabelle Green, FASLA King Palm forest Flowermaid Charles Waldheim Ralph Bacerra Heather Scott Peterson toys Cranbrook Academy of Art Oller & Pejic Architect's Garden Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre downtown Los Angeles First Point Construction Carl Andre poppies Los Angeles Conservancy Frank Lloyd Wright Nord Eriksson Lisa Gimmy Los Angeles Times Native Bentgrass, Hafley House, Hindry House, Artificial Turf Jon and Liliane Lovelace Pamela Palmer Denise Scott Brown Gere Kavanaugh Palm Springs Modernism Cleo Baldon Landscape Architecture Soils Solutions Delta Bluegrass Jack Coyier E. Stewart Williams Docomomo Award Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency Leslie Cozzi Floating Teehouse grasses Jeffrey Dahl, John Wooden, Dustin Dorr, Rosemarie Allaire, Yoshikawa David Collins New York landscape architecture