One of three family-owned lots on New York Avenue, the homeowner/builder asked Shademaker Studio to develop a landscape plan that is simple, low maintenance and can be reconfigured for the adjacent lots.
The modern-day bungalow designed by Elizabeth Baird Architecture has subtle, contemporary twists to increase openness and flow in the interior spaces. The landscape responds with a native plant palette that can be found in neighboring yards. Planting them in minimal and sculptural arrangements promotes contemplation and easy maintenance.
Having owned the property for nearly a century, context, scale and character were key goals for the homeowner. The constraint and openness of the front yard design provides a welcoming street presence that is approachable and warm. The small backyard is packed with native cacti, yucca, ornamental grasses and wildflowers, providing both a focal point and a screen to the garage apartment.