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When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living Gardens Landscape Design. “The front is where friends and neighbors gather. The back of the house is a more intimate family space,” she says.
Yard at a Glance Who lives here: Sacha McCrae; her husband, Rob; and their son, Josh Location: San Clemente, California Size: 4,600 square feet (427 square meters) combined front and backyards
The Front Yard
The front yard is divided into separate zones — a stone patio, a raised deck and a seating area around a fire pit — giving each area the feel of a destination. When McCrae started her yard renovation four years ago, the patio against the house was existing, but the deck and fire pit areas were an overgrown hodgepodge.
McCrae designed an 8-foot-high trellis (her husband didn’t want a solid front fence), using treated and painted 2-by-4s and conduit pipe. This photo was taken when the bower vines (Pandorea jasminoides) were just getting a foothold.
After several seasons of growth, the mature vines now provide a lush, green backdrop. Everything is on a drip system, says McCrae, but rather than use a timer, she prefers to turn the irrigation on manually to water only when necessary.
The seating area around the fire pit is a favorite spot for kids. “They like the little bit of separation,” says McCrae. The gravel surface is very forgiving of drips and spills, so no one has to fret about dripping s’mores.
Stepping stones edge the driveway, with elfin thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’) providing soft tufting in the pockets between the stones. The summertime bloomer tolerates drought as well as light foot traffic.
The backyard is also zoned, with an area for lounging, a cooking and dining patio, a hot tub, a veggie garden and a workspace for McCrae. More of her succulent pots line the table. Succulents and grasses surround the lounge area.
The shade structure over the patio already existed, but McCrae added a striking vertical planter on one side to screen the space even more. It’s built of painted cedar 2-by-8s and lined with a waterproof pond liner that has drainage holes.
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مقصود آن شکل دادن به فضای زیست انسان درتمام زندگیش می باشد
فرم، کیفیت و نحوه ارتباط عناصر تعریف کننده فضاست که شخصیت یک فضا را میسازد و به آن شکل، بعد و مقیاس میبخشد و برای ما قابل درک میکند.
معماری همواره به معنای ایجاد فضایی با روح و حیات تصور می گردد.