New Backyard Enjoyed All The Time


It doesn't matter if you get home late from work. It is easy to grab a beer, click on the fire-pit and kickback. The landscape lights are already on, highlighting the geometric lines and soft plantings. Take in the scents of the newly planted fruit trees. And that is the bare minimum.


This Orange County yard had great bones, but was neglected. The wish list included a solid-roof patio cover, large barbeque space, fire-pit, update existing retaining wall, planting plan with drought tolerant plants, new irrigation and lighting.

The patio cover was engineered to hold a tile roof and seamlessly come off the house. The barbeque is large enough to sit around. The poured concrete counter is a modern element.


Even though this is a large backyard, the space for the fire-pit was limited. By using a fire-bowl with a small diameter, the space issue was solved and the finish is classy.


Part of the old retaining wall was taken out to open up the pool patio. But since we needed to plant around the pool, we built-up that portion of the wall. We added steps up to the raised planting area where the homeowner will keep a vegetable garden among the new fruit trees. The wall is finished with stucco and capped to finish it.


The informing line, which repeats itself throughout, is the back property line. It is an odd angle that we replicated throughout the landscape design. It influenced the edge of the patio and shape of the planting beds. Geometric angles. The planting designs in these shapes are evenly spaced and modern. The plants around most of the perimeter are loose and colorful. Riots of color with drought tolernt plants will grow in.

Installation contractor: QS Landscape (lic #956158)

After shots photographer: Susan Manzur Photography (

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