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Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California

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Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
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  Usha and Mike Kreaden had a virtually blank slate when it came to the garden outside the 1958 Joseph Eichler house that they bought in Silicon Valley two decades ago.  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: Daniel Hennessy
    Usha and Mike Kreaden had a virtually blank slate when it came to the garden outside the 1958 Joseph Eichler house that they bought in Silicon Valley two decades ago.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: Daniel Hennessy

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  Landscape designer Bernard Trainor’s creative use of poured-in-place concrete pavers—such as off the living room, where they break up a low-maintenance lawn of June grass—give the irregularly shaped lot a sense of order. Foxtail ferns and blue chalk sticks, a succulent, lend dashes of color to the entry courtyard, while thyme makes for a fragrant accent between the pavers.  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: Daniel Hennessy
    Landscape designer Bernard Trainor’s creative use of poured-in-place concrete pavers—such as off the living room, where they break up a low-maintenance lawn of June grass—give the irregularly shaped lot a sense of order. Foxtail ferns and blue chalk sticks, a succulent, lend dashes of color to the entry courtyard, while thyme makes for a fragrant accent between the pavers.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: Daniel Hennessy

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  An ipe fence and a neon-yellow resin screen fashioned from recycled acrylic panels draw visitors toward the entrance to the Kreadens’ renovated Eichler house.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    An ipe fence and a neon-yellow resin screen fashioned from recycled acrylic panels draw visitors toward the entrance to the Kreadens’ renovated Eichler house.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  In the back, ferns and other shade-friendly plants thrive beneath the home’s deep overhangs.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    In the back, ferns and other shade-friendly plants thrive beneath the home’s deep overhangs.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  A gravel path leads to a guesthouse, where Trainor supplemented an existing garden of yuccas and palm trees with succulent aeoniums and flowering euphorbias.  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: Daniel Hennessy
    A gravel path leads to a guesthouse, where Trainor supplemented an existing garden of yuccas and palm trees with succulent aeoniums and flowering euphorbias.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: Daniel Hennessy

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  “Eichlers aren’t very big—that’s why so much emphasis was on the outside. The house had to look like it extended out.” —Bernard Trainor, landscape designer  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: Daniel Hennessy
    “Eichlers aren’t very big—that’s why so much emphasis was on the outside. The house had to look like it extended out.” —Bernard Trainor, landscape designer

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: Daniel Hennessy

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  A contractor drilled holes in a boulder, creating a fountain that he placed in the backyard outside the master bedroom, where the sound of water lulls the Kreadens to sleep.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    A contractor drilled holes in a boulder, creating a fountain that he placed in the backyard outside the master bedroom, where the sound of water lulls the Kreadens to sleep.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Their daughters, Annapurna, left, and Siddartha, play with their dog, Anouck, beneath the kangaroo paws in the entry garden courtyard.  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: Daniel Hennessy
    Their daughters, Annapurna, left, and Siddartha, play with their dog, Anouck, beneath the kangaroo paws in the entry garden courtyard.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: Daniel Hennessy

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  Behind the resin screen is the property’s centerpiece: an entry garden that Trainor recast as an outdoor living room. Sparta stacking chairs, a deep-wicker Baia sofa, and matching Baia armchairs, all by Mamagreen, are arranged around a custom concrete fire pit. Orange kangaroo paws lean in from the sides, creating a sense of privacy without sacrificing views. It’s a welcoming space that serves as a casual gathering spot when the weather cooperates.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Behind the resin screen is the property’s centerpiece: an entry garden that Trainor recast as an outdoor living room. Sparta stacking chairs, a deep-wicker Baia sofa, and matching Baia armchairs, all by Mamagreen, are arranged around a custom concrete fire pit. Orange kangaroo paws lean in from the sides, creating a sense of privacy without sacrificing views. It’s a welcoming space that serves as a casual gathering spot when the weather cooperates.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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