Small lots restrict opportunities for outdoor living in the neighborhoods near Venice Beach. The owners, a young artist couple, asked for a design that would accommodate entertaining inside the high wall surrounding their twelve by 30 foot front garden.
The functionality of the small space was maximized by eliminating in-ground plantings.
Artful emphasis was placed on the hardscaping. APLD designed wave patterns in a variety of materials including slate, flagstone and pebbles and a new stepped entry of solid basalt blocks. The steel wall fountain and fire pit surround, designed by a sculptor friend of the clients were incorporated into the design. A living wall of succulents on each side of the wall fountain as well as potted plants compliment and soften the stone.