Private Getaway



Palo Alto, CA

Here a lifeless asphalt driveway that once cut harshly alongside the home (think prison yard) was converted into a lush space for entertaining and growing edibles. The area was maximized to its potential by removing a portion of the driveway and repaving with Connecticut Bluestone. Plantings including fruit trees, privacy hedge and mini olive allé add dimension and depth. An arbor transforms the existing patio from an exposed, over-sized landing into an intimate dining spot, while a double gate separates the car park from the private side yard. A trellis supports roses on the back of the house to create a flowering green wall. In this private getaway one moves freely between garden rooms, from drinks under the grape arbor to a soak in the spa.