After the initial overhaul of her 1983 ranch house in Charlottesville, Virginia, Elizabeth Birdsall enlisted Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded Landscape Architecture & Design to design a versatile outdoor space. Boeschenstein created a series of ipe decks that form pathways around the two main buildings of the house and provide platforms that combat the site’s steep and complex grades.
As part of the renovation of their Portland, Oregon, home, a couple hired Fusion Landscape Design to remake their garage and backyard into a calm oasis. A bluestone-paved patio with a built-in fireplace sits adjacent to a sprawling in-ground hot tub.
To complement the renovation of a home in Redondo Beach, California, Robert Sweet of Ras-A Inc. added an ipe deck, built-in bench, and concrete fire pit to the roughly 1,800-square-foot backyard, transforming the home into a model of indoor-outdoor living.
Architects Jeff Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle of L.A.-based firm Standard reimagined a Los Angeles ranch house as a sustainable home engineered for entertaining, with two large outdoor rooms located on either side of the house.
Following the renovation of her Marin Country cottage, landscape designer Loretta Gargan created an accompanying outdoor haven that includes a dining deck, lap pool, and spa, green roof atop the detached garage, and various patios for lounging.
Having completed the restoration of their 1958 Eichler in Sunnyvale, California, a couple hired Monterey-based landscape designer Bernard Trainor to transform the irregularly-shaped lot. Trainor divided the yard into four “garden rooms”: an entry courtyard with a fire pit for entertaining, a traditional backyard with a lawn and a dining area, a meditative space just off the master bedroom, and a side garden near the guesthouse.
While the remodel of their Los Angeles home was in progress, Eric Garcetti and Amy Elaine Wakeland acquired two steep, unbuildable adjoining lots. With the help of Sean Femrite Environmental Design Studio, they transformed this 19,000-square-foot yard into a full-blown productive garden.
The restoration of a 1960s house on Lake Sammamish in Seattle, Washington, involved transforming the outdoor spaces with pavers and a rock garden.
A remodeled Eichler in Burlingame, California, features a large glass wall that opens onto the outdoor courtyard.
The first order of business for a green remodel in Belvedere, California, was to reconnect the house with its surroundings. The new back patio abuts the lagoon and offers stunning views of Mount Tamalpais beyond.