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, Pennisetum setaceum rubrum 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.