Design: Residential, Single Family Home
Sinbad Creek House
Huettl Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Lead Landscape Architect: Joseph Huettl
This Northern California residence is located in a canyon of oak-studded grassland, chaparral and remnant olive groves. The design for the clients, whose hobbies include hiking and horseback riding, was not so much an attempt at recreating a native landscape as it was to create an idealized and enhanced version of the regional landscape that would be successful, easy to maintain, and tie the house to the site. The simplicity of the hardscape was designed to complement the house and the surrounding regional landscape. A series of integrally-colored concrete paths, flush hardwood decking and a walk-across water feature, extend the interior rooms out to the landscape. All of this was accomplished on a fairly tight budget. The new plantings are dominated by various grass species that reflect the adjacent hillside, non-native grassland, but in an easier-to-maintain and more idealized form.
Photographs 1, 7, 11 by Russel Abraham Photography. All others by HLA.