The property is located on a bluff with 180 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is undeniably the focal point so we immediately adopted a design philosophy of “less is more” and deferred all ideas to the ocean view.
The client’s request for entertaining were met in two ways. A deck cantilevered over the hillside was restored and redesigned with a counter height dining table and banquet seating to capture the spectacular coastal views to the south. The second entertaining area was accomplished by a pergola, flagstone patio, and seat wall to extend the house and create an outdoor room.
A network of decomposed granite paths link the two entertaining spaces and extend across the ocean front perimeter allowing multiple access points to vistas and planting beds. The views were given a final natural frame with mass plantings of grasses (Nassella tenuissima, and Lavendula dentate). The stucco and flagstone capped perimeter wall for the patio was softened with Pennisetum setaceum-fireworks.
A pocket garden with a custom water feature, located outside of the client’s office, was restored and replanted to create an oasis from the rigors of a thriving youth and canine rescue agency.