Mid-Century Modern Remodel Landscaping

2 Oct

The beauty of the blog world is all the sharing and support you get from readers and fellow bloggers.  I have an open invitation for people to share their stories with me and I love it when they do.  The post below comes from fellow blogger Rebecca of Mid-Century Modern Remodel.  Enjoy!

After we remodeled our bathrooms, we were left with a 10 by 67 square foot piece of land off the back fence. I was terrified it would turn in a junkyard. Odd bits of yard are prone to become somewhat ghetto overnight … a hose here, some unused lumbar there, random pieces of flagstone stacked up against a wall — and before you know it, a blight on the neighborhood. But, luckily, I had saved a tiny bit of the remodel budget to deal with our mid-century modern garden problem. I was obsessed with having a view out the new bathroom window:

mid-century modern bathroom window after picture
 I got my wish.mid-century modern bathroom window after picture

You remember the BEFORE?

mid-century modern landscaping before picture

Pretty normal for a BACK back of the house. Except the sprinkler line was cut which elminates water to other areas of the yard, and when it starts raining we would have had mud slide. Due to the weep screed incident, near the fence line, the yard was left approximately 6 to 9 inches higher than the strip near the house — which would force rain towards the house during a big storm. BAD.


mid-century modern landscape design AFTER picture

Our needs were simple. We wanted California native plants, sparse landscape, decomposed granite, concrete pavers and some sort of water feature (AKA bubbling pot). And we got it.

Our design held pretty true to the tips on Eichler for Sale who have recommendations for mid-century modern landscaping and garden design:

There are some general guidelines and tips to keep in mind when designing a landscape or garden to compliment Eichlers or other midcentury modern homes:

  • Allow the geometry of the home to guide the overall design of the landscape & garden,
  • Select water-wise plants that maintain their foliage year-round,
  • Allow hardscape elements to carry from the front yard to the back (including the atrium),
  • Repeat the use of certain plants throughout the landscape,
  • Consider a water feature,
  • Mix materials to create variety with textures (rock, grass, wood, metal, crushed stone.

Click here to see the rest of their lovely work!


8 Responses to “Mid-Century Modern Remodel Landscaping”

  1. lauren October 5, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Love what you did with the landscaping. I love stone walkways.

  2. Jason October 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing their post! As a Landscape Architect, it is great to see when home owners put as much passion into their gardens as their house. I’m also pretty glad that their tips for landscaping a mcm home were similar to those I follow!! I must check out ‘Eichler for Sale’ in more detail!

    • Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel October 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Jason, I really wanted a MCM landscape and studied up a bit. It was also key to set aside a bit of budget. But in the end, the design wasn’t that costly to execute. YAY!

  3. midcenturyobsession October 2, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Rebecca October 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      I am thrilled Brandy shared it with everyone. We are really pleased. Thanks!

  4. janis-pinecone camp October 2, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Such a simple, but hugely effective, reno. Love it!

    • Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel October 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      And honestly, it was super quick! In and out in 5 days. That may have been the best part, as opposed to the house remodel where you literally watch the paint dry for months.

      • Melissa Mandani February 2, 2013 at 11:42 am #

        Would it be possible to get your landscaper’s information? I live in Orange County, too and have a mid century home.

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