Midcentury Modern Landscape
This 1960’s midcentury modern home in Anacortes was updated to accentuate the style of the house and landscape to further communicate the aesthetic reminiscent of the Eichler houses in Palo Alto. The design should be sleek, lush, and provide privacy.
The front façade has a plant palette of tropical looking shrubs, cold hardy palms and yucca. The plants softening the angles and lines of the home while providing unique visual interest and screening.
The design expands the existing patio off the living room and kitchen to create an indoor-outdoor flow between the social spaces in both locations. The extended patio also provides space for comfortable outdoor seating, table and barbeque. To protect the outdoor living space from southern sun exposure and to provide screening from the neighbor’s two-story house, vase shaped deciduous trees to provide dappled shade in summer and maximum sun in winte0 were proposed. The border of this space is densely planted to further continue the feeling of being inside an outdoor room, surrounded by plants that also provide winter interest.
The large social space is balanced by a small, private terrace off the master suite to extend the private relaxation area of the bedroom into the outdoors. This space includes a horizontally slatted wooden screen wall on the north and west side and is bordered on the south by tall lush plantings and a sculpture or water feature to anchor the space.
The backyard was originally a fence to fence lawn with a 10% slope. Our design reduced the grass area by two thirds. Three sculptural stone walls were proposed along with a low understory woodland planting along the west property boundary to draw the eye up the hill as well as continue the visual language of the clean flat lines of the house.