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Modern house finds its softer side in the garden

December 11, 2010 | 10:30 am

Margie-Grace

Margie-Grace-2 Our latest garden gallery: Santa Barbara-based Margie Grace took on the challenge of developing the landscaping around a home designed by architect Michelle Kaufmann, whose design called for four modular prefabricated boxes sheathed in Cor-Ten steel. Although the house is rectilinear, clients Brian Andreas and Ellen Rockne wanted something different for the outdoor spaces. "Something softer -- vegetation and trees that feel like brush strokes across the landscape," Andreas said.

Read our article or click through the 17-picture photo gallery.

-- Anne Harnagel

Photo, top: Nearly 280 tons of sandstone were unearthed in preparing the site for construction, and Grace deployed all of it as part of the garden design. Credit: Holly Lepere

Photo, bottom: The plan includes a fire pit, boulder benches and a hot tub that melds into the landscape. Credit: Holly Lepere

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