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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.