This front yard design was done by Los Angeles based Landscape Architect Rob Steiner, and I like it so much I wanted to show it off as this week’s home highlight. It is full of ideas you can apply to your own front yard remodel. Here are just a few:
1) Concrete cutting. Rob Steiner is known for using the existing driveway (patio, etc) but cutting the concrete to remove sections and create artistic patterns for a very contemporary effect.
2) Pathways don’t always have to be solid. Rob used square pavers in a very ergonomic pattern to connect the driveway to the front door
3) Interesting fencing: Rob used blue colored lumocite to create a fascinating but simple fence. A low fence like this defines the front yard and contrasts nicely with the gently moving Mexican Feather Grass. Lumocite is semi-transparent, so the effect is somewhat like a Japanese Shoji screen.
4) Keep the plantings simple: the more simple the better for a more designer look. Rob used a row of Westringia against the house, a Purple Leaf Plum, Stipa tenuissima, and Miscanthus. The colors of the plant material work with the colors of the house beautifully.
Wiseman, the Principal, has been a San Diego landscape designer
for the past ten years. Find out more at www.sageoutdoordesigns.com