Unappealing EntryKevin and Heidi Geier have a beautiful mid-century modern home. Its hillside location gives them a retreat from the city below, plus an amazing view. However, they are less then thrilled with their front yard. The couple hopes to have a space that matches the newly-remodeled interior and incredible view. On the side of the house is access to the backyard, but they would like a decorative fence or gate for a simple, clean look.
Private CourtyardThe couple looks over the three design plans and decides on designer Scott Daigre, who adds a lot of color with a wide variety of plants. The front steps are reconfigured to open out to the street, and a small courtyard off the front door provides a nice view out the dining room window, as well as privacy. The travertine tile used for the courtyard is a perfect match to the new house color. New front doors with glass panels and unique outdoor lighting create a clean and contemporary feel. A flagstone path leads to a double door gate on the side of the house for easy access to the backyard.
Dangerous DrivewayThe couple has a spectacular view, but it isn't evident from the street. The narrow front yard sits on a hill, creating a difficult space to landscape. One of the biggest challenges is fixing the steep driveway, which makes it tricky to get cars in and out of the garage. In addition, the design will have to work around the city street lamp.
Not only is the driveway wider, it's dressed up with a touch of travertine in the front and a new home for the garbage cans. By terracing the front yard, Daigre was able to give the couple more level areas and draw the eye along the house. A variety of plantings, including daylilies and olive trees, fill in the yard creating a stunning garden. In addition, the street lamp no longer stands out on its own, but has been incorporated into the design. The Geiers now have a front yard they are happy to show off to their neighbors and friends.