A Coastal Living Beach House Style Oasis

This project achieved a coastal living beach house style oasis for these work-from-home business owners.  They wanted to entertain, grow food, and relax in a year-round sauna.  Eco-Logic created exactly that, transforming wasted space into a beautiful layout where they could enjoy all the activities they love.  From the lotus pond outside their bedroom windows where there once was barren fencing to edible landscaping offering a variety of delicious berries and vegetables, to a modern outdoor kitchen and sitting patio under a grape arbor, this space fulfills their needs and more.

Starting with a traditional high-maintenance lawn, scraggly garden area, and cramped driveway, I transformed the property to acommodate the owners’ favorite activities.  Included was a permeable driveway and entry paths, living fences, soil restoration, water catchment, habitat gardens, fruit trees, central arbored patio, garden paths, outdoor kitchen, and year-round sauna.

Living at the beach is a dream for many people.  Having achieved their dream of owning a house near the beach together, these entrepreneurs were ready to renovate their property to make it just as much fun as the nearby shore.

Working within the styles they love as well as those of typical beach life, I incorporated artifacts brought home from their travels in Bali.  Inside their home, they had wonderful pillows, artwork, and rugs that evoked the feeling of other places they’d been to.  So outside, I wanted the landscape to speak to those elements.

I used rustic beachy furniture, a moveable firepit, and natural wood as well as simple concrete to provide a backdrop for the stunning plants.  The outdoor kitchen features horizontally laid cedar planks and a new stainless hood with a permeable paver area for the chef to stand, looking out over the yard.

Good living comes, IMHO, from a cohesive integration of ecological solutions to site issues, consideration of the surrounding land and wildlife, and giving homeowners things to do in their yard.  A staycation turned out to be just the thing, with this project wrapping before the pandemic.  Learn more about this project and see the plan and photos.