Los Angeles has very specific soils and terrain. Expansive soils and hillside areas present challenges when designing hardscape and landscape areas. For more than a decade I've been working in Silver Lake on hillside properties. Mixing traditional lawn elements with exotic drought tolerant details, can enhance a building both visually and structurally. I work with a drainage specialist that assures that not only the foundations and property is protected from water intrusion, but the plants, gravel or grass block, will serve to beautify the building and surroundings as well.
Whether it's saw cutting an old driveway into attractive pavers or salvaging old fences to create planters and other defining features, recycling and salvaging elements is an important part of my process. Keeping things out of the landfill can be attractive and cost effective.