Craftsman Gem

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Craftsman Gem

This home rests high in the hills of Laguna Niguel, offering expansive views of the town below, and it’s nestled under the shade of mature trees that provide wonderful light quality to plan a garden under. The design approach for this garden remodel was a “Craftsman-Zen” style.

The clients had a clear vision of what they wanted to see, and they’d collected many Japanese garden items they wanted integrated into the design, but they had no idea how to make it all come to life. To satisfy their “yen for Zen”, we designed the garden with flagstone footpaths meandering through grounds that feature woodland plants and Asian water features.

To enhance the backyard’s usability we added a large stone-edged patio with a custom-built gas fireplace that connects to a new outdoor kitchen with a long serving counter.

A serpentine baffled wall separates the front yard from the street, but a welcoming wood gate dresses up the entry. Many unusual perennials, shrubs and grasses create seasonal interest and enhance the Zen sensibility. The spa, in dire need of a facelift, received sacked stone veneer and redefined spillways.