2019 APLD Gold Medal Winner
Set in the Oakland hills with views as far as the eye can travel, this inspiring lawn conversion blends in stunningly with the natural surroundings. Connecticut full-range flagstone paths break up the large space, creating “good circuits” to guide visitors organically through it. Swaths of meadow-like borders pop with tough, waterwise perennials (Penstemon, Grevillea, Lomandra) offering robust year-round color and texture. Low-growing Ceanothus and Myoporum around the pool avoid obstructing views of the dreamy horizon beyond. Where there’s a path, there’s a destination, and this design presents several, all with a spectacular 360-degree view. Olive trees anchor a raised edible garden. A previously unused area now features an often-visited fire pit while a lone black basalt bench invites quiet contemplation.