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Before & After: Stephanie’s Modern Hillside

before and after garden makeover

Hillsides can be tough projects and for a designer, It can be particularly difficult to re-sculpt the space, carving out useful areas and conveying the design to a client.  The extra complication of the hillside can be hard for people to imagine and buy into.   That is why I find this particular project so successful.

before and after garden design

From designer Stephanie of SB Design in Southern California:

Working with the existing “vintage” brickwork, sloping topography, and a yard full of mature trees, we carved out a multipurpose living-dining-cooking patio and a large play yard. Ample built-in seating encourages lively parties, warmed by the fire pit and fed by the built-in kitchen unit.  Custom details include concrete countertops with an integral, poured-concrete sink, Nelson-style wood-and-metal benches, and cast-resin cabinet doors.

Water spills down a rill and cascades over a wall into a small pond. We created benches around a grassy area to define a play yard. And at the lawn’s edge, the grass becomes a meadow that extends down the hill where a bamboo hedge screens out the street.

The part I find particularly thought ful about this design is the meadow.  When confronted with a steep slope, mowing can often be difficult if not dangerous and opting for a beautiful ground cover that doesn’t need this type of maintenance is a very smart idea.

See more details of the design in the gallery.

Photos by Andrew Takeuchi & Karena Dacker

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  1. Tracy Zeltser says:

    Wow, what an excellent and successful project! Thanks for sharing.

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