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Small Space — Big Impact

Small Space — Big Impact

“Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” – John Lennon

Sometimes circumstances dictate a change of plans—literally.  This outdoor design project was the final phase of renovation to this late 1970’s soft-contemporary home. Our clients (who are architects) requested an indoor-outdoor experience that would extend the living area with an outdoor room accessible throughout the year. However, after an exciting career opportunity caused them to need to relocate, we had to go back to the drawing board to quickly redesign this small, angular outdoor space to be put on the market.
Bonick Landscaping Small Space — Big Impact
Our original plan included a board-formed concrete fountain wall and corten screen wall along with a sunken patio and steel cantilevered arbor.
Bonick Landscaping Small Space — Big Impact
Instead, the quick turn around to help them sell their home required a much simpler and cost-effective landscape. So, we opted for an architectural concrete patio off the large La Cantina patio doors.
Bonick Landscaping Small Space — Big Impact
The patio is patterned with linear score joints which step down to a large gravel seating area with fire pit for entertaining.
Bonick Landscaping Small Space — Big Impact
Pavers connect the space to the driveway with the same pattern.
Bonick Landscaping Small Space — Big Impact
We also added an enlarged gravel courtyard area on the side yard off the kitchen. Planting is very textural to provide year-round interest.
Thankfully, this project was a success and the home sold right away!

Landscape Designer: @tanyakwilson for @bonicklandscaping .

FROM OUR CLIENTS

“Our landscape designer Tanya Wilson, developed a clean edge and restrained landscape palette to complement the warm, modern palette of our home while balancing the budget. The greatest achievement was Tanya’s ability to retain the core elements of the landscape design despite the unfortunately abrupt scope reduction. Had the full scope (including pool area) been developed, the results would have been even more spectacular.” – Craig
“One thing I never accounted for is the light quality—the reflection of light on the concrete into the living room is incredible. It actually changes the house. Architecture is so fun.” – Jennifer