This Urban neighborhood in E. Palo Alto, CA captures:
Hello Urban Living With All Around Enjoyment!
Hired to address these many underutilized small spaces with big potential opportunity for form and function and inviting destinations.
With utilizing many vistas from interior window views while practicality when outside adding privacy from neighbors on 3 separate sides.
This client found me on Houzz.com, requesting her outdoor spaces to be offering a place to have her hands in the earth,
frequently looking forward to tending to her home garden.
Also, to enjoy growing annual flowers for bringing indoors for bouquets;
or delighting being surrounded with bolder, bright colors for brightening the front sunny spaces and backyard mostly shaded by many neighboring trees and 2 story houses nearby.
The goal for me as the designer is to create an inviting space with function and practicality, each space as easy on the eyes, with comfortable, functional design —
utilizing the separate small spaces to the ultimate maximal use of every available area for many seasons to come.
WORK AROUND THE TREE ROOTS: A Win Win Solution !
The challenging aspect from the former lawn in back had the established tree roots dominating at soil line due to years of lawn being watered before the drought. In order to not compromise and maintain the health of the tree, the work around was my designing the seating wall. A Win Win Solution !
An incredible addition for the benefit of additional stunning lighting from inside vistas to expand bringing outdoors inside or when outside entertaining and her invited guests to relax by the fire expanding the built in added seating across from the fire pit with the mentality the more the merrier!
Creatively Adding Napa-esque style a custom painted water feature fountain is soothing just looking at it. The colorful plantings by day and many hummingbirds and birds already, natural relaxing sounds are effective. In the evening, with additional low voltage lighting controlled by a dimmer changing the tone and mood in subtle yet soothing complimenting plantings nearby. Subtle and stunning from inside or out.
The time is here and now for this homeowner to enjoy any time of day her new completed landscaped spaces and conversation or dining areas in her maximized narrow spaces!
An absolute win win for everyone & flying feathered guests coming and going!