Oceanfront landscapes are usually designed to be simple and quiet so the view off the property can take centre stage. In busy suburban neighbourhoods, the opposite is true: we work to keep your eye busy on the property, so it doesn’t get distracted by the other houses nearby. Contrast – the marriage of two opposite features – is one good way to capture attention.
In this project, contrasts define the approach. A raised charcoal ledge placed against the white pool coping draws the eye to the water features; the round natural texture of river stone stands out when placed in the joints between smooth concrete slabs; and a repeating “wall” of ornamental grasses sways in front of the structured cedar fence. The rough-hewn cedar fence, privacy pergola, and pool house enclose the space and provide privacy from the neighbours.