Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Name: Christopher J. Grubb
Firm name: Arch Interiors
Project location: Los Angeles, CA
How did you first connect with this client?
This project came as a referral from another client we had done an interior/exterior project for.
What were the client’s primary desires for the garden?
Foremost, the client wanted a family entertaining area defined by a stunning pergola. We agreed the pergola should be done in such a way that the kitchen, dining room and family room could open up and make the indoor/outdoor living experience seamless. Second, the client also desired a custom outdoor cooking area, complete with a barbeque, warming burners and stainless steel cabinetry. Lastly, they requested a grassy play area for their expanding family. We paid special attention in adding the trellis work that architecturally tied in with the home and added privacy and a sense of intimacy to the back yard.
Any interesting obstacles to achieving the dream?
The primary obstacle was securing as much grass area as possible.
What are your favorite elements of the garden?
The view from the inside of the home brings all of the ‘greenery’ into the space, continuing the seamless indoor/outdoor experience. The garden also features landscape lighting for nighttime to create the same effect.
What does the client say now that the project is done?
They are thrilled with the end result and love watching their children play, entertaining and dining al fresco.