The house was designed on a 5-foot grid, which helps the building and landscape come together. Zoysia grass was used in the front yard because it is more draught tolerant and likes edge conditions.
The original driveway used to be covered in shell. Rainwater would run down and create a rut in the guest parking area. The architects designed two entry gates that close off guest parking from the courtyard and the main entrance. A sidewalk was also added to provide an easier path to the entry gate.
Palm trees frame the house on three sides.
Guy Peterson designed the pavilion, which gives the couple an additional place to sit.
Giant papyrus grows along the Nile River. With plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, it can reach heights of 10 to 15 feet.
A veitchia palm begins to bloom.
Blue elf aloe grows along the front gate.
The bamboo provides a linear garden view from the shower.
The landscaping behind the house features mondo grass, an alternative to grass that does not have to be mowed, oil palms, heliconia, right, and veitchia palms, left. Veitchia palms can reach 12 feet in height.
Wart ferns lend texture to the garden area.
This sculpture from California dates back to the 1960s.