The scope of work includes redesigning a path leading up to the house entrance. The path needs to consider and be compatible with the existing mature-growth Ficus tree and its large roots. The existing retaining wall and stairs up to the garage roof are to remain as-is. Owners would like visual privacy along or behind retaining wall as Avenue 51 is a busy street. The visual privacy can be a green screen or other light-weight structure. It should not require special structural engineering.
Along with the new path, the owners would like a terraced site leading down to the retaining wall. The terraced site should prevent soil erosion and manage drainage. The existing sprinklers can be replaced with drip irrigation. The existing grass is to be replaced with native, drought-tolerant landscaping. The owners will consider demolishing or relocating the younger trees along the retaining wall if it allows for an improved overall design.
The house and landscaping was done in 1920s. The property is on a hillside and there is a steep grade change across the site. The house is located at 1877 Avenue 51, Los Angeles, CA. Southern California has a Mediterranean climate and all planting should consider the climate and require little water. Design should consider that home owners will do some of the demolition work and landscaping. For the Material and Budget list, home owners require a preliminary budget rather than actual quotes from contractors for demolition, permits, landscaping, etc.
Sustainability is very important to the home owners. Composting, urban farming, and rain water catchment are already being done at the back of the property. Design should consider sustainability as a top priority with possible use of re-used materials, all native planting and maintain a light footprint.
Existing site plan at 1/16" = 1'-0" scale has been uploaded along with multiple images of the existing site conditions. Cad file is available upon request as are additional dimensions, photos and/or site information.