Ever wonder what is going on in your neighbor’s backyard when trash bins are delivered, bobcats go in and out of the yard and landscaper’s trucks seem to be a permanent fixture on the street?
Someone is getting a new landscape!
Before Photo of Front Yard
It’s natural to be a little bit curious, even nosey about what is going on next door.
As a landscape designer in Los Angeles and garden television host, I’m used to onlookers trying to sneak a peek at the action….so I decided to do something about it!
Go Behind the Scenes!
I’m inviting you behind the construction gates of one of my projects in Calabasas, California through photo and video posts of the progress on EdenMaker TV.
The Grinbaum Family
The first project I want to share with you is the making of “Villa Gardens” for one of my favorite clients, the Grinbaum family.
I know this family well because I designed another landscape for them years ago and am familiar with their tastes and lifestyle.
They are a dream to work with because they are knowledgeable (husband Joe is a builder/contractor), have great taste, (wife Randi often suggests ideas for the design) and are so reasonable!
Southern California Landscape
Principal, Javier Martinez is one of the landscape industry’s best talents with detail perfect design instincts and no ego!
Now, that is a rare combination.
Javier and I bounce ideas off each other, sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t but the Grinbaum’s get the final word.
I’m excited about combining our design ideas and you’ll get to see the results in upcoming posts.
A masonry craftsman from Southern California Landscape works on the pool makeover, replacing a tile water line with stacked stone.
Meet Charlie, one of the fun-loving pro’s I get to work with.
There is also another passionate contractor on the job, Charlie of Charlie’s construction who is handling the carpentry work.
Charlie is fun to work with, resourceful and gets the work done in record time.
What is “Villa Gardens?”
When I first saw the Grinbaum’s yard a couple of years ago, I thought, “This is a Mediterranean villa ready to happen, but not quite there.”
The house was attractive but had a forgettable quality about it.
It lacked personality and the personal signature of the homeowners who have a fondness for Italian, French and natural garden style.
Lose the Topiary and “Template Design”
The classic-leaning hardscape and manicured gardens were so “un-Grinbaum.”
I knew I had to get in there and create a garden that can “shake its hair loose.”
The hardscape featured lots of cast concrete detailing- not a bad thing, just not a “Grinbaum thing.”
It will be replaced with warm, natural flagstone.
Say “goodbye” to this boring, uninspired hillside.
The Design Plan
The core projects within the design plan include:
- New outdoor kitchen, chef’s garden and sports bar for barbecue enthusiast Joe. Yes, Joe will be watching ESPN outside.
- New covered courtyard lounge with shade garden and fountain
- New, covered “Sunset patio” located off of the formal dining room for small scale entertaining or overflow sitting.
- New custom fireplace with built-in sofa for the existing outdoor living room patio.
- Complete makeover of existing pool, spa and deck from classic design to natural design. Sculpted stone fountains spill into the pool.
- New, hillside gardens with stone and boulder accents.
- New front and backyard gardens featuring low water, low maintenance and year round color-producing perennial plants.
- The house will be painted. It is white now.
- New perimeter fence and architectural gates.
- Golf tee
- New flagstone paving in garden areas.
Follow us in our progress and pick up some design tips and ideas for your yard.
If you are in Los Angeles and would like us to design your yard, email me through the contact form on this web site.
See you soon!