Historic Mid-Century Modern

Architect Cory Buckner, noted specialist in restoring architect A. Quincy Jones’ early modernist solutions for affordable family homes in the 1940’s, commissioned APLD to design the landscaping for her renovation of the “The Volk House” in the Crestwood Hills area of Brentwood.


The Volk House, built in 1949, was placed on the historic register in 2002. This mandated that its quintessential mid-century elements be retained. However, there were challenges to resolve due to the siting of the home at a steep descent down from the street. APLD reconfigured the narrow steep staircase, widening the approach from the street to the front entry with a series of steps and landings that are bordered by raised planter walls.

Featured in CA Modern, Spring 2009


APLD matched all new hardscaping, raised planter and block walls with the original materials and finishes. An unused, raised area off of the bedroom wing was enclosed with additional raised planter walls and added an upper patio.


The rear patio with new pool and spa was designed to compliment the mid-century architectural sensibility and was surrounded by drought-tolerant, low maintenance plantings.