SANTA CRUZ III
This project was part of an overall home renovation. The owners wanted the garden to reflect, and be an extension of, the colorful and highly personalized interior of their home. They wanted an expansive space for entertaining both adults and children. The patio accommodates outdoor dining and relaxing and provides a fun place for their young daughter and her friends to play – the artificial turf spiral wraps around a covered sandbox. Along the back of the property another patio was created next to a creek that runs yearlong.
This garden was featured in the June 2009 issue of Sunset Magazine.
Tiles left over from the living room fireplace were embedded in the colored concrete patio walls and floor.
The garden is often enjoyed after dark. The stairs, lit from underneath, seem to float. Throughout the yard, colorful glass lanterns peek through shrubs and line the stream. Part of the owners’ collection of large letters light up one end of the patio. Many evenings, guests spread out on the lawn to watch movies projected on a screen the owners designed to hang on the back of the house.
A stream runs along the back of the property, shaded by a mature stand of Bambusa oldhamii (a clumping timber bamboo). The original decaying wood retaining wall and bridge were replaced with a dry-stacked stone wall and stone bridge.
Next to the creek is a patio of recycled, tumbled art glass.
Design, Kathleen Shaeffer
Contractor, Doug MacKinnon
Concrete, Tim Whitlow