The site is located in an old Gravenstein apple orchard that was slowly declining due to neglect and the encroaching California coastal oak woodland landscape. Because our client wanted to retain parts of the orchard, we chose to use the agricultural roots of the area as well as the native oak landscape as the inspiration for the design. We used typical materials found on the local farms such as board formed concrete, gravel, wood decking to compliment the home’s aluminum roofing and wood siding. The orchard was revitalized with additional fruit trees and large vegetable beds with some of the proceeds donated to local food banks by the client. On the upper hill of the site, the native oaks and grasses create a loose edge that frames the house and driveway entry.
Landscape Architecture: Longwell MacDonald, Principal, Jan Longwell | Architecture: Cary Bernstein Architects | Landscape Contractor: Siteworks Landscape | Pool Contractor: Stan Johnson Pools | Photography: Cesar Rubio