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Mission Hills Residence

bluegreenLA's creative garden redesign beautifully complemented the architecture of this 1950s modernist home.

Longtime owners of this 1950s modernist home in San Diego selected Chris Gustard to prepare landscape plans for a significant grounds renovation and garden makeover. Given the pedigree of the home, designed by architect Lloyd Ruocco, Chris's landscape design concepts took a period approach inspired by notable landscape architects Thomas Church and Garrett Eckbo. After significant design collaboration and input from the client, the result was a garden design that created a series of outdoor rooms connected by sweeping decomposed granite walkways edged in corten steel and garden beds planted with a variety of unique succulents and native grasses. The design capitalized on and enhanced underutilized views of both the bay and local mountains. Off of the master bedroom, the patio was redesigned to include narrow modular pavers and a stone clad seat wall with a large precast concrete bench. Prominent supporters of local artisans and the slow food movement, the client opted for raised corten steel planters to be used for gardening which Chris coordinated the design of with a local steel fabricator.

Contracted Services:  Landscape concept plans, landscape construction drawings, irrigation plans, tree preservation and pruning plans, new planting plans and specifications, lighting plans, and construction administration including bidding, value engineering and onsite contractor coordination.

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