Leucadia Modern Garden – Encinitas, CA
The pie shaped lot that this attractive home sits on gave the owners many useable spaces in the rear but created challenging shapes and angles in the front. We anchored the new, repositioned concrete and exposed aggregate driveway, and identified the boundaries of the property, with short walls on either side of horizontal ipe and pale taupe smooth wall stucco. The address is spelled out on one of the walls. A broad path of large Pacific Stone precast tiles, in a warm gold color, lead to the front door, which features a generous pad faced with tropical prophery tiles. A band of exposed aggregate runs from its center, turning 90 degrees, leading to a new bronze metal sculpture. A large Chinese wine jar, sitting on a poured in place concrete pedestal, helps break up the expanse of a tall, unadorned house wall. Horizontal ipe walls and a sleek custom built ipe bench, enclose the new entry, creating a private courtyard. Lush appearing , but drought tolerant Meyer’s asparagus fern, liriope, aspidistra, carex grasses , sedums and giant green aeonium, form a simple green palette against the rich colors of ipe.