Nestled within the Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, this project features a residential home and landscape renovation sitting on a one-acre parcel. Arcadia, at the foot of Camelback Mountain, has long been a desirable neighborhood for its views, its central location, and the pastoral quality of its large green lots interspersed with citrus groves. The renovation of both the house and the landscape was meant to honor the historic essence of Arcadia that has made the neighborhood so unique and livable for several decades.
The firm developed a contemporary hardscape and landscape that both respects and integrates the architecture of the original 1950s, ranch-style home with the texture of the land’s historic agricultural use as a citrus grove – pieces of which remain interspersed within the yards of many of Arcadia’s domiciles. The architecture and landscape work in unison, creating a seamless transition between the interior and exterior living spaces that take advantage of the lush citrus groves and maximize views to the mountains. A “strong bones” hardscape was crucial in providing a framework for integrating existing structures and spaces in such a way that would allow informal – and at times, formal – living to unfold.
Using climate-appropriate plantings and inflicting as little damage to the site by keeping the design footprint as small as necessary, an elegant series of spaces were created for family life to unfold – a primary objective for the client. There are three main garden zones surrounding the house: the entry and citrus garden facing the street, the kitchen garden/play court to the south and the idyllic rear yard and courtyard at the rear of the house. The success of this project demonstrates that by respecting existing integrity and scale, coupled with a critical understanding of materials and detail, design can elevate the cohesiveness and legibility of the neighborhood.