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November 25, 2013
In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, California, that brings the outside in. We track the project from start to finish with future resident Michael Sylvester. Part 23, May 2013: Landscaping.

With a home that fully integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces, landscape design is a critical element. Sebastian Mariscal had defined a series of outdoor rooms and we selected Ventura, CA based Landscape Architect Jack Kiesel to help us make the most of these spaces. In the design phase of our landscaping we discussed modes of use and paths of travel for the numerous outdoor spaces that are tightly integrated with the home. Jack Kiesel drew up several rounds of plans as we agreed on ground cover material and refined the plant selections and layout. My wife and I had clear views on what types of plants we liked and these were integrated into the design discussions.
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On delivery day a truck load of various plants arrive. In this image a small selection from the delivery is staged in a front courtyard. Plants here include a Ginkgo Biloba tree, Bush Tango Kangaroo Paws and Small Cape Rush.
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Landscape Architect Jack Kiesel lays out the plants in the main courtyard. The spacing between the plants must take into account their mature sizes as well as any desired layering effects. Sparsely spaced planting can look quite full after a year or so – patience is required.
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Placing the Purple Hopseed Bushes along the front lot line and entry gate. The broken sidewalk will be replaced once all other landscaping is completed.
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With plants in the ground the irrigation system is installed. The landscaping contractor for this project was Jacinto Sanchez and team from Stout Landscape Design Build.
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After all planting and irrigation was completed a cover of 3/4" Del Rio washed gravel was installed over soil areas.
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A guest bedroom looks onto this rooftop garden on the bridge connecting the main module of the house with the master suite. This roof garden uses a special lightweight soil mix. Plants include Kangaroo Paws and Blue Chalk Sticks
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The courtyard off the master bedroom features a daybed looking onto Bush Tango Kangaroo Paws and a ground cover of Dymondia Margaretae.
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The main courtyard includes a water feature with a variety of aquatic plants. Landscape lighting products were sourced from Lumens.com including the Kichler well light shown next to the wall.
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Another view of the water feature.
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Looking back to the house from the rear of the property the foreground shows Bush Tango Kangaroo Paws and European Grey Sedge. The overhanging bamboo is Alphonse Karr. The gas burner in the outdoor fireplace is from Spark Modern Fires.
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The outdoor dining pavilion looks onto a Ginkgo Biloba tree, shown here with yellowing leaves in late Fall. A Japanese flowering magnolia tree flanks the far side of the patio. Acacia colored patio pavers were sourced from Concrete Collaborative in Oceanside, CA. The gas burner in the fireplace is from Spark Modern Fires and the white planter is from Vessel USA Architectural Pottery.
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Landscape Architect Jack Kiesel of Kiesel Design in Ventura, CA.
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A purple-hued Cordyline contrasts with the black cedar siding. In the foreground are European Grey Sedge. All landscape lighting was sourced from Lumens.com. At left is the Atlantis Path Light by Hinkley Lighting.
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The home features several decks and patios. This deck off the master bathroom features a Peanut Planter in glazed matte studio white from Vessel USA Architectural Pottery. The well light is by Kichler from Lumens.com. The Ipe decking system is from EcoArbor Designs. Photo by Andre Movsesyan
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The entry porch features an FX planter in glazed matte studio white with a black metal stand from Vessel USA Architectural Pottery. The Celosia wooden screen in the middle ground reveals a mature pine tree beyond.
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The Pine Needle Courtyard houses a mature pine tree. The existing trees on the site played a strong role in determining the layout of the home.
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When viewed from the street, the home is obscured by extensive plantings. A line of Purple Hopseed Bushes act as a screen in front of Olive Trees, Blue Fox Tail Agave and Kangaroo Paws. The front of the property also includes an Oak and a Pine tree.
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With a home that fully integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces, landscape design is a critical element. Sebastian Mariscal had defined a series of outdoor rooms and we selected Ventura, CA based Landscape Architect Jack Kiesel to help us make the most of these spaces. In the design phase of our landscaping we discussed modes of use and paths of travel for the numerous outdoor spaces that are tightly integrated with the home. Jack Kiesel drew up several rounds of plans as we agreed on ground cover material and refined the plant selections and layout. My wife and I had clear views on what types of plants we liked and these were integrated into the design discussions.

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