Zen Modern

Remodeled previous to the purchase by APLD’s client, the East meets West home combined both modern California and Japanese elements. The client, who had used APLD on the landscaping for his previous home, gave us the challenge of defining the formal front entrance which was off angle to a long driveway approach, unintentionally drawing first-time visitors to the rear of the property.


Our solution was to play off both the modern and Japanese aspects of the home, creating a traditional Japanese entry wall and wide double gate. A classic Japanese stone pathway leads through these entry doors, transitions to concrete pedestal platforms over the reflecting pool then repeats the stone pathway to the front door. Japanese decorative elements and plantings completed the transformation.