A photograph of Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s garden design was included in a “Northwest Living” story in the March 3, 2012 Seattle Times “Pacific NW” Magazine. Bearing the expressive title, “Big Blast from the Atomic Ranch Past,” Becky Teagarden’s article describes the creative and meticulous way in which Sabrina Libertty restored her West Seattle mid-century modern home with exuberant furnishings, art and industrial design from the period. Brooks’ job as landscape architect was to fulfill Sabrina’s dream of a mid-century modern garden such as one would expect to find in Palm Springs. It didn’t hurt that a huge cache of red lava rock gravel covered most of the side yard, and we recycled it as pebble banding in new poured concrete pathways.
Built on several levels, the new garden is divided into two sub-spaces, one for the primary use of the owners, plus a smaller outdoor terrace and deck for their vacation rental guests in “Suite Shagalicious,” downstairs below the main living space. Horizontally clad fences were designed to harmonize with the existing railing on an upper deck. The owner’s garden features a paved cove with a portable fire feature. An invisible turf paving system called “Geoblock” was used to create an occasional parking space.
Here’s a link to the article and Ben Benschneider’s photograph of the architecture and landscape:
Meanwhile, here’s a photograph taken toward the end of the contsruction: