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Case Study: Backyard Lounge, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles 90068

Believe it or not this residential backyard used to be covered in a wall to wall backyard putt-putt course! I guess some lucky kid must have asked for that instead of a pool back in the 1980’s. Time had not been kind to the putt-putt course and it was getting kind of post apocalyptic looking. So we got out the jackhammers and ripped out all the concrete, except for a long low retaining wall.

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We turned the retaining wall into a built in 40′ long bench that acts as seating for the dining area and a transition to the lawn level. It also allows you to hang out and really appreciate the succulent collection close up.

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Agave attenuatta, lavender, aeonium and senecio act as a transition between the gravel zone and the lawn.

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Outdoor dining are is flexible for hosting small or large groups.

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I love how different the chairs are. You don’t want things too matchy-matchy.

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We are working on designs for the front yard right now that will pick up on some of the themes in the backyard. Stay tuned.

Case Study: Turf Free Backyard, Pasadena, CA 91103

Here is a sneak peek at our new project in Pasadena. We removed the backyard turf and made a new poured in patio and farm/garden area. Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 8.16.52 PMScreen Shot 2015-06-05 at 8.17.19 PMWoolly Pocket green wall.Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 8.17.03 PM

Custom planter wraps around corner of house. Plants will be visible from dining room inside.


CB2 furniture.


P1050313Deluxe chicken coop. Bought as a kit and assembled.P1050321


The side yard was cleaned up to make space for an outdoor grill and dining area. A wood topper was added to the brick wall to create more privacy. The table and benches are second hand from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. The red chairs were on sale at

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Case Study: Front Yard Patio, Echo Park, Los Angeles 90026


BREAKurban just finished the design of a patio garden in Echo Park. The client wanted a space to relax and entertain that was low maintenance. The property in a on a corner and the whole front yard is fenced in. There is no back yard, so the front yard needs to do double duty.


The paving is poured in place concrete with Del Rio gravel (paw and foot friendly) in the gaps.


A large aloe tree makes a statement at the corner of the bed. Protea, agaves, aloes, senecio, eurphorbia, aeonium. etc. fill the beds.

The plants are small now but will fill in to make a dense textured planting.


Purple lantana will fill in as a ground cover under the tree. Party lights will allow the space to be used at night.


The plan is to have more furniture on the patio. There is room for a big section couch and an outdoor coffee table.


And existing Papaya tree on drip irrigation.


The recycled brick path leads to the outdoor kitchen area and a place where there will eventually be an outdoor dining table.P1030627

Podocarpus hedges screen the driveway and the neighbors yards at both ends of the yard.

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Sweet dreams!


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