Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Located in the exclusive Newport Coast community, this Santa Barbara inspired vacation home boasts a 180-degree scenic view of the Southern California coastline. Challenged by the owners' desire for both formal and casual entertaining areas, Mark Scott Associates employed every element – earth, air, fire and water – in this fully functional, dynamic outdoor escape. The firm employed artist renderings to convey the grand, elegant designs to the client. Attention to detail throughout this entire project ensures every single space is utilized to its fullest offering as a relaxing distraction, a place of overwhelming beauty or a purely functional home. Originally, the property was approximately a half of an acre of dirt with no real challenges arising from the terrain. The most important goal was to address the clients' desires and to ensure that the natural view was enhanced by the landscape architecture. This semi-custom home previously had the entrance as a concrete straight path from the street in an uninspired plan. By designing a transitional walkway, a welcoming front courtyard was created to set the tone for the home as a calming oasis. The entry features a specially selected wrought iron bench with powder coating and a special zinc coating for additional protection against the ocean air and occasional rain. Diagonal travertine tiling in a checkerboard pattern, which was used throughout the project to maintain a theme, Above: This lagoon-inspired pool acts as a representation of a tropical island getaway. Surrounded by native Californian plant life and hosting a boulder waterfall that flows gently into the pool, this refreshing hideaway fulfills the clients' wishes of a landscape that compares with the natural beauty that surrounds the property. Middle: The entry area for the property was transformed from a boring path to a colorful walkway that offers dynamic colors and textures. As the first feature that is seen by guests, the plantings and checkered tiles offer a sense of elegance upon arrival. 32 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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