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Spanish Bungalow

Los Angeles, CA

As published in the Los Angeles Times, this design provides the owner and his two young daughters with a sophisticated landscape that includes a gracious entry, outdoor entertainment area with pool/spa, and play space. Crisp board-formed concrete, perforated metal, and patterned tile compliment the home's "California Spanish bungalow" architecture. The entry garden features a laser cut gate, a small fountain, and mature olive trees. In the rear garden, a low, patterned tile wall incorporates fountain jets that make the pool appear to function as a fountain. Strategic placement of trees and hedges provide privacy within the small, urban lot. All plants are low-to-moderate water use, with exception to the small turf play area. The turf is planted on Grasspave ™, a pervious, load-bearing paving system made from recycled resin. It provides a play area for the kids and alternately serves as a parking area. It allows stormwater pollution filtration and treatment, airborne dust capture and retention, and heat energy reflection reduction - a cool surface. The garden includes stormwater retention basins and low-flow irrigation. All lighting is LED. LGLA was recognized with the Editors' Pick in the Outdoor Oasis Category for the 2018 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards. Additionally, LGLA was presented with the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter Honor Award in acknowledgement of the thoughtful design for this small space.